SXSW: Delancey Street takes Rachael Sage around the world

Rachael Sage and MPress Records tour SXSW and the world before releasing New Arrivals: Volume 4 in June

AUSTIN, Texas, April 23, 2011 – A ruby-red-head, boasting fishnet stockings and a china doll complexion wove through the overcrowded halls of a hectic hotel lobby during South by Southwest (SXSW) music festival on Wednesday, March 16, in downtown Austin. Rachael Sage , the two-time Independent Music Award winner had traveled from New York to the Lone Star Capitol to showcase her latest album, Delancey Street, during the biggest annual music industry festival in The US.

Rachael Sage, photo by Bill Bernstein

Rolling Stone Magazine described Sage’s ninth album as comprising, “Melodies that will break your heart … unforced passion and knowing observation.”

Undoubtedly, Sage is of that echelon of singer-songwriters who can sum up a complex emotion in a simple melody and a quaint lyric. Her fluent piano playing, sweet youthful voice, and serenely poetic insights possibly make her one of the most under-recognized artists of our time.

The 12 songs and hidden track on Sage’s Delancey Street are lilting, powerful, radiantly feminine, and comparable to the musical prowess of Jewel, Tori Amos, the Indigo Girls, and Judy Collins.

The title track, Delancey Street, features one of Sage’s most brilliant and beautiful piano arrangements to date.

When asked about her new music video, Big Star, which is based on the fifth track of the album, Sage replied: “It’s the music video of my dreams. Filming it was a bit of a challenge, because part of the video was shot just running around my local neighborhood.

“You never know what you’re going to run into – angry people chasing you out of their convenience store while you’re trying to shoot! You know,” the artist joked, “it’s so unreasonable of them, while they’re trying to do business!”

Sage is currently on a whirlwind tour with concerts scheduled in Israel, England, The Netherlands, Germany, France, and The United States. A slew of tour dates have been posted on her website.

Not one to let a little international travel slow her down, Sage and her self-owned label, MPress Records, which also features Melissa Ferrick and Seth Glier), are also preparing to release a charitable compilation CD, New Arrivals: Volume 4, this June. The 21-song album will benefit The National Network for Youth, an organization which champions the needs of runaway, homeless, and at-risk teenagers.

Tracks on New Arrivals: Volume 4 include songs by 2011 Grammy® nominee Dave Eggar, The Paper Raincoat, Michelle Malone, American Idol® Finalist Caleb Hawley, and Lucy Woodward, among others.

Past volumes in the New Arrivals Charity Compilation Series benefitted Gulf Coast Hurricane Relief, World Hunger Year, and The National Eating Disorder Association (NEDA).

Regarding this fourth installation, Sage said: “It’s definitely our best lineup yet. It’s a great cause, and we want to do it justice.”

Sage also idicated that she expects launch parties for New Arrivals: Volume 4 to be announced in major cities across the US during the weeks ahead.

Jennifer Grassman interviews Rachael Sage during SXSW:

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Jennifer Grassman

Jennifer Grassman is a singer, songstress and pianist who inadvertently became a music industry trailblazer in the wake of the digital revolution. In addition to penning her quirky music industry column, "The Business of Being Diva," Jennifer writes songs and performs concert tours. Jennifer’s accomplishments include being nominated Houston’s best female vocalist and best songwriter and was named best keyboardist in the 2010 Houston Press Music Awards. She assisted in a campaign that raised more than $100,000 for CrimeStoppers and was commended by musician Tori Amos for her charitable efforts on behalf of domestic-abuse victims.  Jennifer has released three CDs, the most recent of which, "Serpent Tales & Nightingales," received accolades from Christianity Today, the Houston Chronicle and Brian Ray and the guitarist of Paul McCartney's band. You can check out Jennifer’s music at www.JenniferGrassman.com, like her on Facebook and tweet her at www.Twitter.com/JGrassman.

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