- One of music's up and coming singer songwriters will grace the stage of the Hawley Silk Mill on Sept. 21 at 7:30 p.m.
Massachusetts native Sarah Blacker will be bringing her brand of soul music to the northeast during her tour promoting her new album, 'Precious Little Things.'
The six song album was recorded last winter and was produced and by Sean McLaughlin (Elliot Smith, Marilyn Manson, Death Row Records). The record kicks of with "Perfectly Imperfect," played on the ukulele and highlights Sarah's light and jazz inflected vocals.
"Revelry" begins with just Sarah's voice over handclaps. Impressively, the song and the vocals for "Revelry" were done live and in one take.
While always into music, Blacker didn't make the plunge to become a full-time musician right away.
"I went to college for music therapy," she said, but "decided to pursue my career as a singer/songwriter full time four years ago."
She hasn't looked back since. Blacker enjoys her crooning career because she likes "writing songs as a way to connect to people that I've never met."
When asked to describe her style of music, Blacker says "it's sort of folky pop with a hint of jazz."
Her current release has a sound that has been compared to Fleetwood Mac, which she "thinks is because of the harmonies."
Her musical influences span genres from progressive rock to folk and include Joni Mitchell and Yes.
"Musically, Joni Mitchell is my biggest inspiration," she said.
Another big inspiration for Blacker is the outdoors.
"Nature is a big inspiration for me," she said. "A lot of my songwriting comes from the exploration of the human mind and experiences and how you react to them."
She also adds that "writing a song helps me process what has happened."
Songwriting inspiration can also come in the form of someone else's words, notably writer and motivational speaker Leo Buscaglia.
"I love the way that his words are so free. He speaks to people in a way that is completely universal," she said.
She hopes that her music is a refreshing change from what listeners hear daily, and hopes that her show will reveal "that there is hope for the music industry."
"I think people are thinking the music industry is doomed, but everybody is overwhelmed," she said. "You just have to dig deeper to find that music that comes from a humanistic area."
Blacker says that at her shows, she is reminded that a nice undercurrent of fans still exists.
"There are people that are still out there that listen to the lyrics and care about what your saying."
Page 2 of 2 - To find out more about Blacker, visit www.facebook.com/sarahblackermusic or follow her on Twitter at @sarahblacker.
Tickets for the show are $16 in advance, $20 at the door.