Rachael Sage never ceases to surprise. Whether it's via her
innovative, often handmade stage-costumes or unlikely collaborations with
artists such as Howard Jones and Judy
Collins, the colorful multi-instrumentalist is never afraid to give
things her own spin. Joy!, her
first EP of holiday-centric material, is no exception. The collection includes
two original Hanukkah songs, a Yiddish ballad, and a cover of the timeless
holiday classic "Joy To The World" with percolating acoustic guitar,
chamber strings, and an exuberant but intimate vocal delivery.
Sage is no stranger to performing holiday-material. The festive, tongue-in-cheek "Tchatchkes & Latkes" was penned for her annual holiday show at NYC's legendary Joe's Pub, along with fan favorite, "Hanukkah In The Village" (which Sage has previously performed on the Fox 5 Morning Show). "Umru Meine", Sage's first-ever Yiddish recording, was debuted earlier this year at Skirball Center For The Performing Arts, where she sang it alongside Tovah Feldshuh, David Hyde Pierce and other Broadway performers as part of a National Yiddish Theatre gala event.
Featuring playful imagery by renowned New York photographer Bill Bernstein ("Disco", Paul McCartney), the festive EP packaging also includes a recipe for Romanian latkes, lovingly contributed by a friend's bubbe, a.k.a. grandmother.
1. Joy To The World
2. Tchatckes & Latkes
3. Umru Meine
4. Hanukkah In The Village
5. Joy To The World (radio mix)