Sarah Blasko

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Sarah Blasko
A 34-year-old woman is shown in left profile, she is singing into a microphone in her right hand, with her head titled back and looking forward. Her left arm is raised in a white robe with wide sleeves. She wears a multi-stranded necklace with numerous beads of various sizes and colours.
Sarah Blasko performing,
The Astor Theatre, November 2010
Background information
Birth name Sarah Elizabeth Blaskow
Also known as Sarah Semmens, Sorija
Born (1976-09-23) 23 September 1976 (age 37)
Origin Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Genres Indie rock, indie pop, anti-folk
Occupations Singer-songwriter, musician, producer
Instruments Vocals, piano, keyboards, organ, vibraphone, guitar, acoustic guitar
Years active 1991–present
Labels Dew Process / Universal, Low Altitude
Associated acts Acquiesce, Sorija
Website sarahblasko.com

Sarah Blasko (born Sarah Elizabeth Blaskow, 23 September 1976) is an Australian singer-songwriter, musician and producer. From April 2002 Blasko developed her solo career after fronting Sydney-based band, Acquiesce, between the mid-1990s and 2001. She had performed under her then-married name, Sarah Semmens, and, after leaving Acquiesce, as Sorija in a briefly existing duo of that name. As a solo artist Blasko has released four studio albums, The Overture & the Underscore (11 October 2004), What the Sea Wants, the Sea Will Have (21 October 2006) – which peaked at No. 7 on the ARIA Albums Chart, As Day Follows Night (10 July 2009) – which reached No. 5, and I Awake (26 October 2012) – which made No. 9.

At the ARIA Music Awards of 2007, Blasko won Best Pop Release for her second album. Her third album won the Best Female Artist in 2009 and her fourth album was nominated for the same category in 2013. In October 2010 As Day Follows Night was listed at No. 19 in the book, 100 Best Australian Albums; the authors noted that it "turned on emotional subtlety and instrumental clarity. It sounded like little else in 2009, or most any other year".

Early life[edit]

Sarah Blasko is the stage name of Sarah Elizabeth Blaskow who was born on 23 September 1976 and grew up in Sydney.[1][2] Her family had just returned from French-speaking Réunion, where both of her parents were Christian missionaries.[3][4][5] Blasko's mother, Ellie (died c. 2000 of bowel cancer),[6][7] was a nurse and her father, Nikolai David Blaskow,[8] was a teacher.[5][9] Her father is from a Bulgarian-German background.[5][9] Blasko has an older sister, Kate.[2][5] Upon their return to Australia, her parents frequently changed denominations including Anglican, Baptist, Uniting, and Charismatic;[10] and settled at a Pentecostal church in Sydney, which later became the Hillsong Church.[4] Blasko started singing at church with her tone-deaf mother alongside.[3] She later recalled "[m]usic was something I kind of fell into. My sister was always the singer of the family, I wanted to be a vet. I grew up going to church which was often a very musical place".[11]

While Blasko was attending high school she formed a jazz-blues group with Kate.[2][5] By the age of 15, Blasko was concerned that she "wouldn't make it" and this was partially influenced by the church's apocalyptic message of the "End of the World" and "Christ's Return". She eventually left the church in her final year of school, declaring that its emphasis on material success "just didn't fit" with her, or her interpretation of the scriptures. However, she has since stated that she still believes in "God", despite her perception that such an admission is unpopular in Australia.[4] By the age of 18 she had written her first songs.[11] She had no formal singing lessons until aged 19 and also started playing guitar.[5] At university, Blasko completed a degree in English literature and film.[5][12]

Acquiesce and Sorija[edit]

In the mid-1990s Blasko joined Sydney band, Acquiesce, on lead vocals, with founding members Paul Camilleri on guitar, Steve Foxe on violin, Dave Hemmings on drums, Ted Langtree on bass guitar and her sister, Kate Halcrow on harmony vocals.[13][14] By 1998 tracks were co-written by Blasko and Camilleri,[14] the group recorded an extended play, Aa for Acquiesce, which was released in September 1999.[13] Also that year the group won a New South Wales campus band competition and received greater local attention.[15][16] Dave Cullen (of Brotherhood Lush) replaced Langtree on bass guitar and they released a single, "Breathing In", in November 2000.[13] Both EP and single were produced by Hugh Wilson (Brotherhood Lush).[14][17]

Acquiesce disbanded by January 2001 and Blasko, as Sorija, teamed-up with acoustic guitarist, Nick Schneider in a short-lived project, also named Sorija.[18][19] Blasko remembered that "[t]hings started getting weird with the last band I was in when we ended up going to counselling together! This was about the time that I decided to leave and started working on some solo stuff".[11] As an acoustic pop-electronic duo they played gigs in Sydney until April 2002.[18] Songs performed by the duo, and written by Blasko, include "Be Tonight" and "New Religion", co-written with Schneider are "Will You Ever Know" and "Your Way", co-written with Wilson are "Sweet Surrender" and "Follow the Sun".[1]

Solo career[edit]

By April 2002 Blasko was performing as a solo artist and, in late September, she released her debut six-track EP Prelusive, all the tracks were previously performed by Sorija.[1][15][20] For the EP Blasko provided vocals, guitar and keyboards, and co-produced it with Schneider (also on guitar, keyboards, and flute) and Wilson (also on guitar and keyboards).[20] Other session musicians were Jeff de Arujo on drums and Willem New on bass guitar.[20] Two tracks were solely written by Blasko, two co-written with Schneider and two with Wilson.[1][20] She launched the EP at The Hopetoun Hotel, and by October the lead track, "Your Way", had been added to national radio station Triple J's play list.[21] She produced the music video for "Your Way", which appeared on Channel V and rage in November.[14][21]

Blasko had released and promoted her material independently, with financial assistance from her then-manager, Craig New.[14] She explained "[I was] starting to get my head around computer home recording ... I decided to put out my own EP independently. Most of it was recorded at home. I was fortunate enough to have JJJ pick up on one of the tracks almost immediately".[11] Blasko signed to Brisbane-based label, Dew Process, which repackaged and re-released Prelusive in March 2003.[22] At the ARIA Music Awards of 2003 she received her first nomination: as Best Female Artist for her work on Prelusive and "Your Way".[23][24]

Debut album[edit]

29-year-old Blasko is shown in an upper body shot. She is leaning and singing into a microphone on its stand to her left while looking forward. She is holding her guitar with her right hand plucking the strings and her left low on the fret board. She wears a cream-coloured dress with dark polka dots. She wears a dark, twisted ring on her right middle finger.
Blasko singing and on acoustic guitar, Big Day Out, Melbourne, January 2006

On 11 October 2004, Blasko released her debut studio album, The Overture & the Underscore, which had been recorded in Hollywood at the studio of engineer Wally Gagel during the first half of the year.[11] She co-produced the album with Gagel and fellow songwriter Robert F. Cranny.[3] Gagel engineered and mixed the album, with assistance from Bruce MacFarlane. Joey Waronker (Beck, Atoms for Peace) played drums and percussion on all songs,[3][11] while Cranny played various instruments on the album. Blasko recalled: "I stayed in a backpackers hostel right near Hollywood Boulevard and worked on the album six days a week for two months ... I really wanted there to be something pretty classic about it. I was honestly surprised by what a 'complete' record it sounded to me when I stepped away from it".[11]

The album peaked in the Top 40 on the ARIA Albums Chart.[25] It was reviewed by Bernard Zuel of The Sydney Morning Herald, who felt "Blasko works in the territory where Ed Harcourt and Fiona Apple shine, taking some of the new acoustic framework (think Turin Brakes) and some of the folk-meets-electronica stuff that came out in the post-Portishead years and applies them to straightforward pop songs".[16] Allmusic's Tammy La Gorce finds Blasko is "an entrancing artist who sings exceptionally well but is bent on making you guess what brews within her heart rather than pouring it out to you".[26] Triple J declared it the Feature Album of the Week because it is "a beautiful encapsulation of her life and influences and a showcase for her truly amazing voice".[27]

Three music videos were produced for album tracks: "Don't U Eva", "Always Worth It" and "Perfect Now". Her debut EP and album were focused around acoustic guitar and utilised both live and programmed drums.[16] At the ARIA Music Awards of 2005, Blasko received four nominations: Album of the Year, Best Female Artist, Breakthrough Artist – Album, and Best Pop Release.[23][28] By 2008 The Overture & the Underscore received platinum accreditation by ARIA for shipment of over 70,000 copies.[29]

What the Sea Wants, the Sea Will Have[edit]

Blasko spent April 2006 recording her second album, What the Sea Wants, the Sea Will Have, in Auckland, New Zealand at Roundhead Studio, which is owned by Crowded House front man, Neil Finn.[30] She co-produced the album with Cranny and Jim Moginie (ex-Midnight Oil); which featured musical contributions from Dave Symes, de Araujo, Moginie and Cranny, and was mixed by Victor Van Vugt.[31] All the tracks were co-written by Blasko with Cranny.[31] The album was released in Australia on 21 October, which debuted at No. 7 on the ARIA Albums Charts,[25] and in 2008 it received platinum accreditation.[29]

Zuel felt the album "doesn't sound like a 15-year-old's choice. It is darker and more subdued than her debut, which sold to teens and adults and marked Blasko as an intriguing rising star; the second album is liberally spotted with regrets, plans for reconciliations and a quest to make sense of life".[4] Susan Frances at AbsolutePunk.net rates the musicianship and production higher than Blasko's vocals, where "[she] is made up to sound more impressive than she actually is on the album ... [she has] a limited range so the tunes have a mundane drone. Her vocal melodies transform the girl next door to a femme fatale figure which may explain why so many of those radiant reviews for her album come from male writers".[32] Frances summarises the album as "pleasant and relates to people who are going through a loss or a low point in their lives ... tailored for those going through woeful moods".[32]

The first radio-only single released from the album was "[explain]" on 11 September, with a music video previously viewable at her official website.[33] Other videos were provided for her next single, "Always on this Line", and for "Planet New Year". "Always on this Line" was listed at No. 58 and "[explain]" at No. 79 on Triple J's Hottest 100 for 2006.[34] In October 2006 Blasko showcased tracks from her second album with an appearance at the Legs 11 concert, a breast cancer benefit, which included Tex Perkins and Tim Rogers playing with the Sydney Youth Orchestra.[35] At the ARIA Music Awards of 2007 Blasko won her first trophy: Best Pop Release; she was also nominated for Best Female Artist, Best Cover Art (with Sharon Chai); and Paul McKercher was nominated for Engineer of the Year for the album.[23][36]

As Day Follows Night[edit]

33-year-old Blasko is shown in a three-quarter shot and right profile. She is looking over the top of the microphone on its stand. Her dress has a dark background with coloured parts interspersed. Her right arm is crooked at the elbow. A small tattoo is partly visible on her right upper arm.
Blasko performing at the ARIA Music Awards ceremony, Acer Arena, Sydney, in November 2009. She won Best Female Artist for her third studio album, As Day Follows Night.

In 2008, Blasko co-composed the score, with Stefan Gregory (sound designer), for Bell Shakespeare's production of Hamlet, which ran from June to August.[37][38] Diana Simmonds of Stage Noise was disappointed by an aspect of the opening night "[l]ess successful on opening night at least were the songs which open and then punctuate the action, composed and performed by [Blasko]. Her face mike and/or the sound balance muddied the lyrics and the one thing you need in Shakespeare is to hear the words".[38] Whereas Helen Barry of Australian Stage felt Blasko was "truly sublime ... [h]er musical accompaniments add a layer of melancholy rapture to the performance which goes to the heart of Hamlet's grief, anger and loss. Ingeniously, Blasko is incorporated into the production itself as one of the players, which creates a seamless quality to her musical interludes".[39]

While working on the Hamlet score, Blasko also began composing for her third studio album, As Day Follows Night.[37] She had written all the tracks on her own – except "Over & Over",[40] which was co-written with David Byrne – without input from long term co-writer and co-producer, Cranny.[41] From late January 2009 Blasko recorded it in Stockholm, Sweden, and blogged on her official site about her experiences.[42] She decided to record in a simpler and more straight forward manner – without electric guitars and keyboards.[37] The album was produced by Bjorn Yttling (of Peter Bjorn and John)[37][41] and was released in Australia on 10 July, peaking at No. 5 on the ARIA Albums Chart.[25] It appeared in the Top 100 on European albums charts: Belgium,[43] France,[44] Sweden,[45] and Switzerland.[46][47]

Jason Treuen described the album for Rolling Stone (Australia) as "a bold step in [her] journey as an artist and one that strips off the layers of her previous work to expose both her startling talent and her most naked emotions and fears".[48] Adam Greenberg for Allmusic felt it followed "a more piano-driven path. The result is a surprising one. [Her] voice is at once fragile and careful, holding a lot of breathy similarities to contemporary female singer/songwriters (including Feist and Sara Bareilles), while the music incorporates many contemporary touches from the meeting points between electronica and folk. Though there are pieces of tinkling, lilting modernity throughout, there are also massive throwbacks to sounds that, in today's world, are seemingly lost and gone".[49]

The lead single, "All I Want", appeared ahead of the album in May but did not reach the Australian top 50.[25] Its third single, "We Won't Run", peaked at No. 44 on the ARIA Singles Chart,[25] and No. 21 on the Belgian Ultratip Chart.[43] At the ARIA Music Awards of 2009 Blasko won her second trophy: Best Female Artist; her album was also nominated for Album of the Year, Best Pop Release, and Best Cover Art (with Sharon Chai); while "All I Want" was nominated for Best Video – directed by Head Pictures, Damon Escott, Stephen Lance.[23][50] By the end of the year the album had received platinum accreditation.[51] In October 2010 it was listed at No. 19 in the book, 100 Best Australian Albums; the authors noted that it "turned on emotional subtlety and instrumental clarity. It sounded like little else in 2009, or most any other year".[52]

In July 2009 Blasko had also released a live album, Live at the Forum, which had been recorded during a performance at the Melbourne venue, Forum Theatre.[53] During mid-2010 she repackaged As Day Follows Night with Live at the Forum for a 2× CD album.[53] Nick Mason of The Dwarf website felt that although "[the live disc] showcases without doubt a faithful recreation of her latest work", it was "a fairly flimsy bonus to an album that can easily stand alone in its brilliance".[53]

Seeker Lover Keeper[edit]

During August 2010, Blasko recorded an album, Seeker Lover Keeper, in New York for the group of the same name with fellow founding members and Australian singer-songwriters, Sally Seltmann and Holly Throsby.[54] The group's debut album peaked at No. 3 on the ARIA Albums Charts in June 2011,[55] Blasko's highest chart entry. The trio embarked on a national tour to promote the album in June and July that year.[56] Of the album's 12 tracks each of the artists had an equal share of four tracks, however Blasko takes lead vocal on five tracks including "Rely on Me" written by Throsby, Blasko described "I was reluctant to do it but the girls kept asking me. I couldn't hear myself singing that one until Holly made me do it. I enjoyed it because the song has real generosity to it".[54] Greenberg felt Blasko's lead vocals were on the "most memorable tracks, using her signature form of lilting power".[57] By year's end all three artists had returned to their respective solo careers.

I Awake[edit]

On 26 October 2012 Blasko issued her fourth studio album, I Awake, which reached No. 9 on the ARIA Albums Chart.[25] To start recording tracks she had travelled first to Sweden earlier in the year and then in May went on to Sofia where she was backed by the Bulgarian Symphony Orchestra with strings arranged by Nicholas Wales.[9][58] Blasko produced the album on her own as her preferred choice, Yttling, was unavailable.[9] Beat Magazine's Chris Girdler noted "[it] has a completely different feel to [Seeker Lover Keeper] ... [and] is an insular, soul-searching piece that gets its balance from Blasko’s gorgeous vocal guiding us through the trials and tribulations, as well as a sympathetic symphonic instrumentation".[58] Craig Mathieson at The Age noted her last two albums were "starkly personal song cycles, staffed by jazz-inflected rhythms, sparsely exotic textures and a relentless sense of an artist getting to grips with her life. But if the previous record embraced solitude as a means of self-control, then the new one tackles coming to grips with the outside world".[59] To promote the album, in February the next year, she toured every Australian state: where she invited the local capital city orchestra to accompany her on stage.[60][61] At the ARIA Music Awards of 2013 Blasko was nominated for Best Female Artist and Best Contemporary Adult Album.[23][62]

Touring[edit]

36-year-old Blasko is shown in centre of a stage. She holds a microphone in her right arm raised high above her head while singing into another microphone on its stand. She wears a dark dress and has a single-stranded necklace. On her extreme right is a piano with the player's head just visible as he leans towards the instrument. To her left and behind is a drummer at his kit. A guitarist is further to her left. Other stage equipment is visible. The fourth backing band member is out of shot.
Blasko performing with her backing band in July 2013. They are Ben Fletcher (ex-Bluebottle Kiss, The Devoted Few) on guitar and other instruments; David Hunt on piano and ukulele; Fredrik Rundqvist on drums; and David Symes on bass guitar.

Sarah Blasko has toured extensively in Australia, as well as the US, Canada, UK and Ireland. Although the exact configuration varies, she performs with a five or six piece band usually consisting of drums, electric and synth bass, acoustic and electric guitar plus keyboards and various samplers/ effects units. Due to the breadth of arrangement most of the touring musicians are multi-instrumentalists.

She also performed in a duo with Cranny accompanying on guitar and keyboards. In both formats, Blasko plays acoustic guitar and occasional keyboards. She has toured with folk/roots artists such as Ray LaMontagne and played outdoor rock festivals. In March 2005 she appeared at the South by Southwest festival where she wanted to "give some people who don't have a clue who you are, or those who have maybe heard a little about you, the chance to see what you do with their own eyes & ears. More than anything, you've just got to be yourself".[63]

Blasko has toured the UK and Ireland with Tom McRae, and US and Canada with Ray LaMontagne, James Blunt and Martha Wainwright. She has played at Woodford Folk Festival, The Falls Festival, Homebake, Splendour in the Grass, Festival of the Sun, WOMADelaide festival and in 2006 joined the national Big Day Out tour.

In March 2007 Blasko performed a special concert in Perth, Western Australia in the Octagon Theatre of the University of Western Australia. Blasko supported by a string quartet and a local guitarist. In January 2009, Blasko played to thousands at the Southbound festival in Busselton, Western Australia. In May 2010, Sarah Blasko toured the UK supporting The Temper Trap. Later that year she also toured through the rest of Europe. In 2012, Blasko performed with Snow Patrol at their acoustic shows in Melbourne (September 30) and Sydney (October 1). She joined lead singer Gary Lightbody for the duet "Set Fire to the Third Bar".

During 2013 Blasko toured Australia, in February she was supported by a different state symphony orchestra at each capital city, as well as her regular backing band: Ben Fletcher (ex-Bluebottle Kiss, The Devoted Few) on guitar and other instruments; David Hunt on piano and ukulele; Fredrik Rundqvist on drums; and David Symes on bass guitar.[60][61] By July she was touring with her backing band and Fletcher was also her support act.

Personal life[edit]

Sarah Blasko was married by 1998 to Cameron Semmens, a performance poet, and in the latter years of being a member of Acquiesce she performed under her married name, Sarah Semmens.[7][13] Blasko and Cameron each had a complementary Shinto tattoo on their respective shoulders.[7] The marriage lasted three years; Blasko told Zuel in 2006 that she had "an early unsuccessful marriage".[41] Album notes for Blasko's debut solo EP, Prelusive, acknowledge Cameron as her muse.[20]

From early 2004 Blasko worked with fellow musician, co-composer and co-producer Robert F Cranny, including on her first two albums.[41] Prior to her third album being recorded in January 2009 their creative and personal relationship "had ended some time back".[41]

She appeared at a breast cancer benefit concert in October 2006 as "[o]ther forms of cancer have affected my family, and I have friends whose families have been impacted by breast cancer. It made sense to me to play at such an event".[35]

Blasko has vintage taste in clothes, music and art; in 2009 she revealed in a Rolling Stone (Australia) interview: "I like things that are old and have been lived in. It probably started as a kid when my family shopped at Vinnie's because we hardly had any money. I like things that stand the test of time".[48] 'Vinnies' is a colloquialism for Society of Saint Vincent de Paul which runs second hand stores for needy individuals.

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

List of albums, with selected chart positions and certifications
Title Album details Peak chart
positions
Certifications
AUS
[25]
UK
[64]
BEL
[43]
FRA
[44]
SWE
[45]
SWI
[47]
The Overture & the Underscore 35
What the Sea Wants, the Sea Will Have
  • Released: 21 October 2006
  • Label: Dew Process
  • Formats: CD, digital download
7
As Day Follows Night
  • Released: 10 July 2009
  • Label: Dew Process
  • Formats: CD, digital download
5 191 77 100 53 58
I Awake
  • Released: 26 October 2012
  • Label: Dew Process
  • Formats: CD, digital download
9
— denotes releases that failed to chart.

Live albums[edit]

List of albums, with selected details
Title Album details
Live at the Forum
  • Released: 9 July 2010
  • Format: CD, digital download
  • Label: Dew Process
  • Mix Engineer: Sam Lowe

Extended plays[edit]

List of EPs, with selected details
Title Album details
Prelusive
  • Released: September 2002
  • Format: CD, digital download
  • Label: Independent
Live at the Playroom
  • Released: 1 September 2007
  • Format: digital download
  • Label: Dew Process

Singles[edit]

List of singles, with selected chart positions
Year Title Peak chart
positions
Album
AUS
[25]
2004 "Don't U Eva" 88 The Overture & the Underscore
2006 "Flame Trees" Non-album single
"Explain" What the Sea Wants, the Sea Will Have
"Always on this Line"
2009 "All I Want" 64 As Day Follows Night
"No Turning Back"
"We Won't Run" 44
2012 "Bayini" (with Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu) Non-Album Single
"I Awake" I Awake
2013 "God-Fearing"
"Fool"
— denotes releases that failed to chart.

Other contributions[edit]

  • Tomorrow, When the War Began film soundtrack – "Flame Trees"
  • Little Fish soundtrack – "Flame Trees"
  • She Will Have Her Way: Songs of Tim and Neil Finn – "Don't Dream It's Over"
  • Like a Version 2 – "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road"
  • Write Your Adventures Down: A Tribute to The Go Betweens – "Bye, Bye Pride", "Hold Your Horses" (with Darren Hanlon)
  • The Devoted Few Schematic Tracks Remix EP – "Nothing Ever Changes".
  • Peabody The New Violence album – "Got You on My Radar", "The Weight Just Right", "Song for Val", "Got Your Hooks In"
  • Nations by the River Holes in the Valley album – "Heart Attack Romance", "Cracking Up", "Would It Be Nice", "The Prettiest Girl"
  • Bluebottle Kiss Doubt Seeds double album – "Speak Up Memory", "Dream Audit"
  • GB3 Emptiness Is Our Business album – "Nothing in the Way"
  • Duet with Holly Throsby for a cover of the Brian Eno classic 'By This River' on the 'One of You for Me' EP
  • FBi Radio Live Feed compilation – 'We Wont Run' live at the Metro, Sydney

Awards[edit]

ARIA awards[edit]

Blasko has won two Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) Music Awards from 16 nominations.[23][65][66]

Year Recipient Award Result
2003[24] Prelusive Best Female Artist Nominated
2005[28] The Overture & the Underscore Album of the Year Nominated
Best Female Artist Nominated
Best Pop Release Nominated
Breakthrough Artist – Album Nominated
2007[36] What the Sea Wants, the Sea Will Have Best Female Artist Nominated
Best Pop Release Won
Sharon Chai, Sarah Blasko – What the Sea Wants, the Sea Will Have Best Cover Art Nominated
Paul McKercher – What the Sea Wants, the Sea Will Have Engineer of the Year Nominated
2009[50] As Day Follows Night Album of the Year Nominated
Best Female Artist Won
Best Pop Release Nominated
Sharon Chai – As Day Follows Night Best Cover Art Nominated
Head Pictures, Damon Escott, Stephen Lance – "All I Want" Best Video Nominated
2013[62] I Awake Best Female Artist Nominated
Best Adult Contemporary Album Nominated

Other awards[edit]

Year Award-giving Body Award Result
2006 Australian Music Prize The Amp (What the Sea Wants, the Sea Will Have)[67] Nominated
J Award Australian Album of the Year (What the Sea Wants, the Sea Will Have)[30] Nominated
Jack Awards Best Female Live Performer[68] Won
2009 J Award Australian Album of the Year (As Day Follows Night)[69] Won
2010 APRA Music Award Song of the Year ("All I Want")[70] Nominated

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