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Releases First Album Track “Olivia” Via BlackBook

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On Tour Now with Howard Jones

*Photo Credit: Erin Baiano

New York, NY – February 26th, 2018 – Singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer Rachael Sage has announced the release of her forthcoming album, Myopia, out May 4 via MPress Records/ILS/Caroline. In anticipation, Sage has released the first single “Olivia” via BlackBook. Listen and share “Olivia” and pre-order the album via Pledge Music.

Rachael tells BlackBook: “'Olivia’ was inspired by my absolute admiration for the character Olivia Benson on Law & Order SVU. I have been watching the brilliantly talented Mariska Hargitay bring this fiercely intelligent, empathetic and heroic character to life on TV for many years, and various episodes have inspired me to write songs, poems and even paint pictures. I've been equally inspired by Mariska's charity work via her organization Joyful Heart, and there's just something very compelling about the parallels between the strong character she portrays, and the good she is doing in her life for others.

Sonically, Myopia is a bold departure for Sage, with a much stronger emphasis on her guitar playing over her usual piano palette, with inventive contributions by Hoboken-based guitarist James Mastro (Patti Smith, Ian Hunter) who Sage affectionately calls “the king of wah”. Sage and Mastro toured last year with Beth Hart and inevitably some of Hart’s grit and soul rubbed off. In an unexpected foray into her roots, “Umru Mayne” finds Sage shout-singing in Yiddish over punk rock guitar and Doors-esque organ. “I’ve never sung in Yiddish before but this song just really spoke to me and then somehow when we recorded it, I channeled a bit more Patti Smith than Mandy Patinkin...

Produced by Sage and her longtime engineer John Shyloski, Myopia was recorded last summer at Carriage House Studios in Stamford, CT as well as at Sage’s home studio in NYC’s East Village, and you can feel the swelter. The heavily electronic "Haunted By Objects" – on which Sage plays Moog synthesizer – describes the psyche of a hoarder whose only potential recourse may be to set everything on fire, while "This Darkness", a bluesy lamentation about the Dakota Pipeline, reflects the urgency and courage of Native Americans’ resistance to environmental desecration; the enemy in the dark is indifference, the iciest kind of blindness.

Sage explains: “This is a warm-weather record. These are songs about getting out
there, thawing things out, and unearthing the truth. Sometimes you can’t do that in
the dead of winter. But when the sun is shining, even the murkiest future appears hopeful.

Sage continues her tour opening for Howard Jones with dates still to come in New York City, Boston, Cleveland, Chicago and Detroit. Fans will be treated to special selections from Myopia. Violinist Kelly Halloran (Tom Morello) will be accompanying Sage for all of her performances.

Full tour routing can be found below and via Sage's website.

For more information on Rachael Sage, please contact:

Girlie Action Media
Pam Nashel Leto // // 212-989- 2222 x111
Taylor Haughton // // 212-989- 2222 x119

MPress Records
Tiina Teal // // 212-481- 7243

Rachael Sage Show
*Photo Credit: Erin Baiano


*with Howard Jones
2.23.18* Infinity Music Hall Hartford, CT
2.24.18* YMCA Boulton Center For Performing Arts Bay Shore, NY
2.25.18* Daryl's House Pawling, NY
2.26.18* Sellersville Theater 1894 Sellersville, PA
2.28.18* City Winery Boston, MA
3.1.18* Shalin Liu Performance Center Rockport, MA
3.2.18* City Winery NYC New York, NY
3.3.18* City Winery NYC New York, NY
3.6.18* Stratford Masonic Concert Hall Cleveland, OH
3.4.18* Hangar Theater Ithaca, NY
3.7.18* Music Box Supper Club Cleveland, OH
3.8.18* City Winery Chicago Chicago, IL
3.9.18* The Tarkington Carmel, IN
3.10.18* Live! At The Ludlow Garage Cincinnati, OH
3.11.18* St. Andrew's Hall Detroit, MI
3.13.18 RedGorilla Music Fest / SanJac Saloon Austin, TX / SXSW
3.14.18 Music Gorilla / Whisler's Austin, TX / SXSW
3.14.18 RedGorilla Music Fest / Jack's @ SanJac Saloon Austin, TX / SXSW
4.7.18 Phoenix Pride Phoenix, AZ
4.19.18 Genghis Cohen Los Angeles, CA
4.21.18 Refugee House Concert Visalia, CA
4.22.18 The Monkey House Berkeley, CA
4.28.18 Concerts @ Indie Air Radio Spokane, WA
4.30.18 Rolling Hills Radio @ Shawbucks Jamestown, NY
5.2.18 Joe's Pub New York, NY
5.4.18 Burlap & Bean Newtown Square, PA
5.5.18 Atomic Tom's Binghamton, NY

ABOUT RACHAEL SAGE: Since founding her own label MPress Records two decades ago, NYC-based alt-pop artist Rachael Sage has steadily released a slew of vibrant, dynamic albums with poetic lyrics spanning subjects as wide as her inspirations. She has toured with an eclectic list of artists including Ani DiFranco, Beth Hart, Sarah McLachlan, Judy Collins and Howard Jones. Sage also continues to significantly grow her visibility via her many song placements, having recently landed her 22nd song on top reality show Dance Moms, translating into over 10 million YouTube hits. Her upcoming album Myopia (due May 4) is a bold departure for Sage, with a much stronger emphasis on her guitar playing over her signature piano palette. Produced by Sage and her longtime engineer, 2-time Grammy® Nominee John Shyloski, the album features drummer Doug Yowell (Joe Jackson, Duncan Sheik), keyboardist Rob Curto (Lila Downes), trumpeter Russ Johnson (Elvis Costello, Deborah Harry) and bassist Mike Visceglia (Suzanne Vega). Sage will headline a series of national shows in support of Myopia following an opening slot for Howard Jones’ U.S. tour and continuing with a full schedule of performances throughout the year.


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