Date: Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Duration: All Day
New York, NY: Illustrious and riveting, Rachael Sage is a born performer. With mezmerizing vocals, a natural talent for songwriting and flair in droves, it's no surprise that the prolific songstress has garnered attention internationally. "Haunted By You", set to hit via Rachael's own MPress Records on May 22nd, is a song cycle about passion and features guest vocalistsDar Williams, Katie Costello and actor/director Joshua Leonard ("Blair Witch Project", "Humpday"). The NYC-based artist and producer explains, "I fell recklessly in and out of love multiple times while writing this record. I broke a couple hearts...and I also had my heart broken pretty badly". "Haunted By You" is a record that is immediately welcoming, pulling you in from the very first melodies and swirling effortlessly and seductively through your ears and into your heart on the very first listen.
Rachael Sage has become one of the busiest touring artists in independent music, performing 150+ dates a year throughout the US, UK, Europe and Asia. Recognized globally for her compelling work, she has seen airplay on BBC Radio 2 and has shared stages with Ani DiFranco, Sarah McLachlan, Colin Hay, Judy Collins, Marc Cohn and Shawn Colvin. Rachael has performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and New York's Fashion Night Out. She's garnered many accolades including the Grand Prize in The John Lennon Songwriting Contest as well as severalOUTmusic and Independent Music Awards. Rachael's songs have been licensed to HBO, MTV andLifetime Television and her music has also appeared in the movie and on the Lakeshore Films soundtrack of "Fame".
Sage wrote the 13 songs on the album on piano and guitar after ending a long-term relationship. Alone, reflecting on her breakup, she found herself suddenly prolific. After her breakup she had an intense affair with someone she met overseas. "I was swept off my feet...but it was an impossible situation." "Soulstice", featuring Counting Crows' David Immergluck on mandolin, "captures that moment where I was as happy as I've ever been, even though it was fleeting." The concept of soulmates reappears throughout the record. Rachael wrote the Americana-inspired "Abby Would You Wait" about someone with whom she shared one long conversation after a gig, but with whom she connected so strongly that she saw an entire future. Likewise, the lush, acoustic guitar-based "Everything"celebrates the shameless joy of a new attraction, "when all you can see is shimmering possibility."
Rachael, while an acclaimed artist in her own right, is also an accomplished business woman, running her own successful independent label MPress Records, which saw its first GRAMMY nod this year with Seth Glier's "The Next Right Thing" as well as their first Billboard charting record with Melissa Ferrick's "Still Right Here". Sage also produces her label's annual charity compilation series, "New Arrivals", whose current volume benefits homeless youth.