Sari Schorr "Never Say Never" Album
Manhaton Records is pleased to announce the release of New York born Sari Schorr’s second studio album Never Say Never on Friday 5th October. The album features Bob Fridzema (ex-King King) on Hammond and keyboards, Ash Wilson on guitar, Mat Beable on bass and Roy Martin on drums.
Memphis - January 2015 legendary producer, Mike Vernon, (Fleetwood Mac, John Mayall, Blue Horizon) was invited to receive a ‘Keeping The Blues Alive’ award at the prestigious International Blues Challenge in Memphis TN. This award was not the only highlight of the weekend for Mike; the second was witnessing the performance of one of the most amazing female blues singers Mike had seen in years – SARI SCHORR.
Mike was so knocked out he didn’t hesitate to come out of retirement to produce an album with her. Already a consummate songwriter, with tracks on major labels, Sari has written or co-written almost all the songs on her new album. The album features Walter Trout, Innes Sibun (Robert Plant), Oli Brown and John Baggott (Massive Attack, Portishead) and will be released on Manhaton Records (Robin Trower, King King, Eric Bibb) on August 19, 2016.
The album delivers hard-driving Blues-Rock, influenced by the late '60s British Blues movement. Sari (who trained as an opera singer) mixes Blues, Rock, and Soul with concrete melodies and poetic lyrics to striking effect. Says Sari, “I set out to write achingly honest songs about the beauty and the tragedy of the human experience. I hope my music can be a galvanizing force to inspire, repair and unite people. I try not to allow constraints on my writing or my performance of the songs. Most often, I managed to trust my intuition and honestly, Mike Vernon brings out the best in the artists he works with.”
"My songs are rooted in the blues and honouring that long tradition is important to me. My style of song writing draws heavily on contrasting melodic hooks with aching harmonies. I spend a lot of time working over and rewriting my lyrics. I rely heavily on imagery and enjoy using double-entendres that are entertaining to those who catch them. My influences are many and various and include Son House, Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters, Lead Belly, Bessie Smith, Etta James, Ella Fitzgerald, Freddie King, Robert Johnson, B.B. King, Peter Green, Robert Plant, Martha Velez and Bob Dylan.”
“The album was written in four countries: US, UK, Spain, and Germany. Basic tracks were recorded in London and Seville. I'm grateful to have such amazing musicians on the album, who gave so generously of their time and talents. We feature Innes Sibun, Walter Trout, Oli Brown and John Baggott."
Sari initially gained prominence throughout the blues world after several years of touring the US and Europe with Blues legend, Joe Louis Walker and renowned guitarist, Popa Chubby. Schorr was recently inducted into the New York Blues Hall of Fame. She has appeared on the Conan O'Brian show and has toured throughout the US, Europe, Asia and Australia.
To celebrate the release, Sari Schorr & The Engine Room will undertake a ground-breaking US and European tour, which kicked-off at Carnegie Hall in NYC at The Lead Belly Fest, where Sari shared the stage with Buddy Guy, Eric Burdon, Edgar Winter and Walter Trout.
Sari mixes a passion for music and with a duty of social responsibility. She has devoted her talent and energy to music projects of a grand scale for humanitarian causes. Most notable is her work on a “Toast to Freedom” for Amnesty International, where she collaborated with many musical legends including Warren Haynes, Levon Helm, Keb Mo', Taj Mahal, Eric Burdon, and Carly Simon. Sari’s humanitarian efforts include work in Haiti and India. She founded Matters – a non-profit that draws attention to humanitarian causes through the arts.
Sari is a marathon runner, animal rights activist, and aspiring vegan. She currently lives in Brooklyn, NY with her husband and rescued pit bull triplets.