Songbird vocals, spacious arrangements, and a wry wit.
Having grown up with two home towns, it was almost destined that Sarah Beatty would occupy the space that exists between things. She grew up in Rochester, NY and Parry Sound, ON and cut her musical teeth in Parry Sound and Niagara. This singer-songwriter now calls Hamilton home. Her debut album, Black Gramophone, was released on May 24th.
Earning her a spot at this year’s Mariposa Showcase, Beatty has gone straight to the fundamentals in her debut solo effort. In the collection of 12 original songs, she pares down the instrumentation and ramps up the contemplation, curiosity, and charm of honest-to-goodness song writing. Recorded live off the floor, hers are where lyric, melody, and rhythm exist in distilled form. Purposeful in her approach, Beatty is a courageous one, letting smart lyrics, strong melodies, and a listener’s imagination take centre stage in this intimate and conversational recording.
Beatty writes, most simply, contemplative folk songs with spacious arrangements. As a consequence, she deftly occupies the space between blues, jazz, country, soulful styled roots music. Where her music shines brightest is with her dynamic vocals, expressive lyrics, and engaging melodies. The result is a sonic landscape that is old, new, natural, and made with her hands. Using an acoustic guitar and her voice, she writes honest, emotionally rich, and charming songs that often speak of situation and circumstance. As Glen Brown of Greater Hamilton Musician puts it “With lyrics like, ‘You can steal my thunder, but I can steal your rain,’ Beatty gets you thinking. She keeps her melodies simple and beautiful. Her voice is confident, uplifting and controlled. It's easy and good to sing along. Her music is a perfect match for this room and this time.”