Spotlight on: Rachael Sage

Rachael Sage

Rachael Sage, a young East Village New York woman, is a modern day renaissance artist. A pianist, singer-songwriter, poet, and visual artist, Sage has never shied away from a healthy challenge, including founding her own record label Mpress.

A rare combination of timeless craftsmanship and contemporary feminist sensibilities, THE VILLAGE VOICE has described Rachael’s music as “earthiness, color and emotion…Sage has folk on the brain and piano keys for hands and is sure to put on a show sublime.”

A recent Grand Prize Winner in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest as well as a winner of the Billboard Songwriting and Great American Songwriting Contests, Rachael has toured with Ani DiFranco, Eric Burdon, Melissa Ferrick and played the Lilith Fair with Sarah McLachlan, Sheryl Crow, Suzanne Vega and The Pretenders.

Rachael has created a big buzz online, has charted on AAA/College Radio and tours year-round, hitting cities like L.A., Chicago, San Francisco, Prague, Cologne and Berlin. In addition to running her own label, Sage also designs musical instruments, furniture and clothes that have been featured in the New York Times.

[Rachael Sage Official Site]

Read reviews of:
[The Blistering Sun]
[Painting of a Painting]


Chandelier (2008)
The Blistering Sun (2006)
Ballads and Burlesque (2004)
Public Record (2003)
Illusion’s Carnival (2002)
Painting of a Painting (2001)
Smashing the Serene (1998)
Morbid Romantic (1996)

RACHAEL SAGE: Chandelier

Chandelier (2008)
RACHAEL SAGE: The Blistering Sun

The Blistering Sun (2006)
RACHAEL SAGE: Ballads and Burlesque

Ballads and Burlesque (2004)
RACHAEL SAGE: Public Record

Public Record (2003)
RACHAEL SAGE: Illusion's Carnival

Illusion’s Carnival (2002)
RACHAEL SAGE: Painting of a Painting

Painting of a Painting (2001
RACHAEL SAGE: Smashing the Serene

Smashing the Serene (1998)
RACHAEL SAGE: Morbid Romantic

Morbid Romantic (1996)


Spotlight on: Stephanie Rearick

Stephanie Rearick

Stephanie Rearick has been playing piano since she was six, favoring composers such as Debussy, Bartok, and Tcherepnin, with a little Chick Corea thrown in. These influences show in her writing, which intertwines a classical discipline with a bit of pop singer-songwriter sensibility.

Rearick began writing music in the early ’90s when she and friends formed the widely respected circus-trance-rock outfit, “Your Mom SRO”. Since then she has served as the bands’ principal songwriter, singer, keyboardist, and sometimes trumpeter.

Several years later she branched out into solo work in order to explore a different side of her musical creativity.

Rearick’s solo writing tends to incorporate more classical elements and leans toward a more melancholy feel. She uses dissonance and unusual harmonies to create new and interesting soudscapes, which are complemented by her flexible and warm-sounding vocals and thoughtful, literate lyrics.

[Stephanie Rearick Official Site]

Read reviews of:
[Star Belly]
[The Bucket Rider]
[The Long Picnic]


Democracy (2007)
Starbelly (2005)
The Bucket Rider (2003)
The Long Picnic (2001)

Democracy (2007)
Starbelly (2005)
The Bucket Rider (2003)
The Long Picnic (2001)


Spotlight on: Vienna Teng

Vienna Teng

I was introduced to Vienna’s music through someone on the Ecto mailing list (once again). I tell you this list is invaluable!

I hopped over to her website and listened to a couple of songs. I was blown away. Her music is just so amazing. The music is so beautiful and peaceful, with catchy melodies. and clever lyrics.

Vienna Quan-Yin Teng (which is a stage name) grew up in the San Francisco Bay area where she still lives. She attended Stanford where she began as a biology major/music minor, but quickly ended up spending more time on the music as a career in medicine seemed less and less appealing.

She released a demo CD (called…well, “demo 1998”) but her first full-length CD, “Waking Hour” was released in May 2001.

She later signed with Virt Records who helped her release “Waking Hour” (re-release) and “Warm Strangers” which came out in 2004.

In February 2006 she left Virt Records and joined Zoe/Rounder Records who released her following CD, titled – Dreaming Through The Noise.

[Vienna Teng Official Site]

Read reviews of:
[Dreaming Through the Noise]
[Warm Strangers]
[Waking Hour]


Waking Hour (2002)
Warm Strangers (2004)
Dreaming Through the Noise (2006)

VIENNA TENG: Waking Hour
[Waking Hour at CDBaby]
VIENNA TENG: Warm Strangers
Warm Strangers at CDBaby]


Spotlight on: Sarah Slean

Sarah Slean

Like many other female performers I have recently become aware of, I learned of Sarah Slean through an Internet mailing list. There were so many people that just gushed about her so I surfed on over to her web site.

It just so happens that at that time they were offering an MP3 file to download for free to get a taste of her music This wasn’t just a 30-second clip either, (at last check it was gone but “High” is still there, however has been made into a 30-second clip. One more disadvantage of her new website design…sorry I don’t care for it at all) this was a whole 5 minute song, called “Twin Moon” I downloaded it (and in fact had to also download the MP3 player since this was my first MP3—which I did at the now defunct

Well, I wasn’t prepared to be overcome as I was by the sound coming out of my monitor! I am not talking about the quality of the MP3 as a beast itself (which is very good, but another story) but the song was so mesmerizing. I couldn’t stop listening to it and wondered if this young woman had put me in a trance.

It is the kind of song that just washes over you. Reminiscent of Sarah McLachlan’s earlier stuff with all the layers (the stuff I prefer over her latest efforts, but that too, is another story) with a little Tori Amos thrown in. Not the Tori that Johnny Rotten once described as “Kate Bush with a knife”, but the sweet lyrical, ethereal Tori.

So I went right away to the ordering page and ordered her EP called “Universe”. It arrived a few days later in a big folder with a newsletter and a signed poster that said, “Hey Amy! Happy Listening- Thanks- Sarah Slean”.

I popped it into the CD player (I was in the car on my way back to work) and I was so very happy that “Twin Moon” was not a fluke. Although “Twin Moon” is not on this EP (It is on her follow up CD, “Blue Parade”) there are many other songs that are equally as entrancing. The jewel card lists 6 songs but don’t turn it off after the sixth song or you will miss two of the best hidden tracks ever recorded. One is called “John 23rd” and she also does a killer cover of Radiohead’s “Climbing Up The Walls”. Being a huge Radiohead fan (as I am told she is as well) this was a very welcome surprise for me.

Her piano playing is exceptional and her voice is so beautiful I can’t really describe it except to say that she reminds me a little of Tori Amos, and Sarah McLachlan all wrapped in to one and that is a very nice gift.

[Sarah Slean Official Site]

Read reviews of:
[Day One]
[Night Bugs]
[Blue Parade]


Metaphysics (2017)
Land & Sea live in Montreal (DVD 2011)
Land & Sea (2011)
Set it Free (2011)
String Quartet #2 (2011)
Beauty Lives (2010)
The Baroness Redecorates (2008)
The Baroness (2008)
Orphan Music (2007)
Day One (2004)
Night Bugs (2001)
Sarah Slean (EP) (2001)
Blue Parade (1999)
Universe (1997)

Spotlight on: Sarah McLachlan

Sarah McLachlan

No site on Women In Music would be complete without the fabulous Sarah McLachlan who got it all started for me, at least!

As the creator of Liltih Fair, Sarah McLachlan holds an important place in women in music.

“Sarah was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, on January 28, 1968 and studied classical guitar, piano and voice as a child. She was discovered by Nettwerk Records at the age of seventeen but parental reluctance kept her from signing with them for two years.

Sarah relocated to Vancouver and began writing the songs for Touch, released in 1988. Much to her surprise the record went Gold and she was suddenly hailed as that year’s most promising artist. After an extensive tour (she tends to do that a lot still) Sarah returned to the studio to record Solace, an emotionally raw album quite different in style from Touch. Released in 1991, Solace affirmed Sarah’s position as a faerie (oops), and, as everyone puts it, “rocketed her to international prominence”.”

-From Sarah McLachlan for Dummies at The Sea of Waking Dreams

[Sarah McLachlan Official Site]

Read reviews of:

These are only the commercially available CDs. There are many bootlegs to be had as well.

Bloom – The Remix Album (2006)
Live Acoustic (2004)
Afterglow Live (2004)
Afterglow (2003)
Mirrorball (LIVE) (1999)
Surfacing (1997)
Rarities, B-Sides and Other Stuff(1998)
Freedom Sessions (1995)
Fumbling Towards Ecstasy (1994)
Solace (1992)
Touch (1989)


Spotlight on: Björk


Björk was born on November 21, 1965. At age 5 she attended the music school Barnamúsíkskóli Reykjavíkur where she spent the next ten years studying voice, flute and piano.

She released her first album in 1977 at the age of 12.
It was a mix of American covers translated into Icelandic and even included some that she wrote herself.

She gave birth to her son, Sindri in 1985 and soon after got her first acting role in a film called “The Juniper Tree”.
She joined a few bands and created a few of her own then came the Sugar Cubes and the rest is history!

The Sugar Cubes first album was released in 1988.
She moved to London in 1993 and recorded her first CD, Debut.

Her music is a combination of Techno, rock and pop with some amazing vocals. I can’t even begin to describe her voice but she is wonderfully talented.

[Björk Official Site]


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