Sarah Brown: Sarah Brown
By Liz Barry
Marlborough-born Sarah Brown delivers a well-packaged, fine sounding debut. Her repertoire blends shades of Dusty Springfield, Marvin Gaye, Doris Day, the Finn Brothers and Eva Cassidy - all iconic singers whose qualities have been eagerly absorbed by this young songstress, then woven into her musical journey. Soft, seductive, melodic pop, infused with shades of jazz - just the kind of music to enjoy with a wine. The stand-out factor is her voice which wraps itself around the lyrics of each song with a velveteen touch. Single Hands, plus Falling Down and Nothing New have a genuine warmth and instant appeal. A strong live following will be essential for radio to take further notice of Brown, but she's well on her way with a good audience reception as opener for Greg Johnson on his recent tour. Murray and Rodney Fisher combined in production at Goodshirts’ home studio, Rodney adding bv’s and instrumentation. Pluto members Michael Franklin Brown and Mike Hall plus Rio Hemopo (TrinityRoots) and upright bassist Vanessa McGowan all added to a fine debut from this as-yet unsigned songstress.