SaraLeah is gracing the eclectic music scene of Portland, OR, unleashing reflections of life with this indie-folk blend of soul-honey singing and confessional lyricism. With a vocal style that ranges from jazz scat to bluesy abrasiveness to high-pitched angelic brilliance, she harnesses a broad range and flexible pipes to create a truly unique sound. Backed by the dynamic strumming and chops of her mandolin, she experiments with a variety of musical traditions, American and otherwise...
Her earliest music training began with Western Classical and jazz, including classical piano. However. her later studies in various world music styles, including Balkan and North Indian Classical, has enriched her voice and has created a unique blend of traditional world folk with a contemporary style. At the age of 21, she delved into the mandolin, studying with bluegrass musician, Sharon Gilchrist. She began to compose with the mandolin, instead of piano, and continues to rely mostly on the mandolin to accompany her lyrics.
Aside from SaraLeah's formal training, she attributes the intrinsic essence of her style and musical heart to a musical family. Growing up with a singer/songwriter father and pianist mother and grandmother, she soaked in the sounds around her, mostly American Folk: Arlo Guthrie, Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Patsy Kline, Willy Nelson, etc. The expression of life through music was consistently around her...In fact, the earliest recording of her dates back to 1985 - a baby crooning to her father's guitar.
With a soulful depth, at times moody, SaraLeah's lyrics tend to evoke a playful, heart-opening energy, inviting listeners to engage and acknowledge the lightness of being...and sometimes the heaviness. Overall, her songs convey that living this life is a fleeting gift - - a gift to approach mindfully, with undying curiosity and love.