Connecticut Music Award Winner: Best Jazz, 2014.
Vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, composer and arts educator, Sarah LeMieux blends a lifetime of musical influences and experiences into a singular style that's a melting pot of jazz, european folk, R&B and early music.
Sarah started out playing blues piano with her father, and French new-wave folk with her mother. Singing in the choir wove delicate harmonies through her emerging sense of sound. Early in Sarah’s musical career, she worked as a backup singer and guitarist for some lunatic indie-rockers on the Lower East Side. Later on, she fronted the house bands at the C-Note, Lillie’s and Hank’s Saloon’s blues nights.
Her dues paid her back when she began writing and performing her own material after the birth of her daughter. Her unique fusion of jazz, blues, folk, storytelling and lyric poetry caught on quickly on local (WPKN, WFSU) and international radio stations (CKIA Quebec) and podcasts from Australia to Japan. She was invited to perform at North Carolina’s National Women in Blues Festival in 2007. Japan’s BSMF records caught wind, and released Sarah’s first album “Superbleu” in the Asian market. She followed up with regional tours and festival appearances at Mamapalooza and SWAN Day CT two years running, headlined the Park City Regatta and the Lilly Awards and released “Glow Rosy,” her jazzy sophomore effort, in 2008.
2009, 2010 and 2011 brought singles, "Shut Out," “Wait for Your Love,” and "None for Me." Torch heartbreak; Marvin Gaye lullaby and a soft, regretful jazz celebration, in that order. 2014 has seen, so far, the formation of The Sarah LeMieux Quintet - a klezmerchamberjazz extravaganza of violas, clarinets, upright basses and delight - and their sudden underdog win at the Connecticut Music Awards for Best Jazz. Their new album, Moments Musicaux, is available worldwide on iTunes and Amazon.