Wednesday, July 22, 2009

New York City-based vocalist and songwriter Sarah Lynch was born July 22,1973 and brings much more to the microphone than just a great set of pipes. She and music have been friends since she started studying piano at age five. Her playing led to singing, which led to composing, and with a Masters degree in piano performance from UCLA, this vocalist and songwriter knows her way around a piece of music.

"Haunted Heart", her debut CD, was released in November 2006, and has had airplay on KKJZ in Los Angeles and WWOZ in New Orleans. The disc includes five originals, and seven not-so-standard standards from the '20s and the '40s. Some of Sarah's most salient influences include Jo Stafford, Dinah Washington, Rickie Lee Jones, Joni Mitchell, Anita O'Day, Sarah Vaughan, Peggy Lee, and Dianne Reeves.

In addition to her jazz gigs in New York, she has performed with Bronx Opera and the New York Choral Artists. Sarah currently sings in the professional ensemble at St. James' Church on the Upper East Side and maintains a private piano studio. The first time Phil Springer (composer, "Santa Baby") heard Sarah Lynch sing in New York, he likened the quality of her voice to a trombone; Springer was the first to call Sarah Lynch a "young Peggy Lee."

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