Sarah Close announces her debut ‘mini’ album for 2020!
British singer Sarah Close has just released her brand new track “Almost”, with is taken from her seven-track debut album “And Now, We’re Shining”, which is release next March. Sarah’s fans are already well-acquainted with this expressive singer’s smart take on modern pop thanks to this year’s impressive “Caught Up” EP and lead single “Call Me Out”, both released through The Kodiak Club, the label whose vision Sarah concocted not long after a 2011 diary entry.
“Call Me Out” immediately set the agenda for Sarah when it hit Number One on the official physical singles chart and there’s much, much more to come, drawing on intense recording sessions with a core group of collaborators such as Jennifer Decilveo (Anne-Marie, Galantis, Beth Ditto), Lostboy (Becky Hill, Ella Eyre), Bruno Major (Liv Dawson, SG Lewis). “I’m from a small place”, is how Sarah puts it, “so I only need a small group of friends”.
The small place she’s talking about is actually a small village on the western side of the Isle of Wight, meaning that Sarah grew up physically separated not just from the mainland (and the music industry) by a body of water, but also from most of the island’s social life. “My school was right across the island”, she recalls, “and other kids would arrange to meet each other at 7pm once they’d had dinner. I didn’t have that at all, in fact pretty much the only other kid in my village was my brother”.
Sarah immersed herself in music but, as she remembers, didn’t immediately find an outlet for her passion. “In the end, when I was 14 I started a YouTube channel hoping it would lead to a music career, but I didn’t want to admit that because it wasn’t seen as a very cool thing to do, and when I was younger my friends had laughed at me when I’d told them my dreams. At the same time, at the back of my mind I knew there were 14-year-old girls on the mainland whose parents were driving them to London every weekend where they’d meet A&Rs, managers and all these people I wanted to meet. For me, YouTube was a way to build a profile I couldn’t build by physically being in a place”.
You can pre-order “And Now, We’re Shining” by clicking this link. The album is released on 20th March 2020.