Rachael Sage

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Rachael Sage
Rachael Sage 2002.jpg
Sage, performing in Joe's Pub April 16, 2002
Background information
BornPort Chester, New York
United States
GenresPop, folk, rock
Occupation(s)Musician, songwriter, poet, writer, producer
InstrumentsVocals, piano, keyboards, hammond organ, guitar
Years active1995–present
LabelsMPress Records

Rachael Sage is an American singer-songwriter and producer, visual artist, and founded her own record label at the dawn of her musical career. As a youth, Sage dabbled in a variety of the arts, from dance to poetry, but it is as a musician that she is best known. Sage has shared stages with A Great Big World,[1] Semi Precious Weapons,[2] Sarah McLachlan, Judy Collins, Marc Cohn, The Animals, Jamie Cullum, and Ani DiFranco, and was named one of the Top 100 Independent Artists of the Past 15 Years by Performing Songwriter magazine. Her performances combine music with musicianship with between-song banter, which The New York Times dubbed Sage's "inner Fanny Brice", and "Jewish Norah Jones"—even going so far as to call her a comedian.[3] She has released fourteen full-length solo albums, as of May 2018, on her own label, MPress Records, and regularly tours both North America and Europe.


Early years[edit]

Sage was born in Port Chester, New York. Sage studied drama and ballet before switching to music. A self-taught pianist, influenced by her parents' doo-wop and Beatles records, as well as Broadway cast albums, creating early demos on a four-track recording system she received as a bat mitzvah present. During junior high school, Sage gained admission to the School of American Ballet. Sage attended Stanford University, earning a degree in drama. Later, she was in the Actors Studio MFA program.[which?] Her performance in their New York talent search won Sage a place on the Village Stage of the 1999 Lilith Fair.[4]

Sage at the keyboards in concert

Professional work[edit]

The word theatrical has been used to describe Sage's sound.[5] Famed pop producer Phil Ramone said of working with Sage that he was reminded of collaborating with Bob Dylan, and that "She has a very unusual way of treating a pop song. I admire her editorial and musical ability when it comes to crafting a tune."[6]

In 2005, she won Best Folk/Singer-Songwriter Song for "Sacrifice" at the 4th Annual Independent Music Awards.

More recently, Sage's "Brave Mistake" was nominated for Best Story Song at The 10th Annual Independent Music Awards,[7] and Sage herself took home OUTstanding Producer for her song "Hope's Outpost" at The 7th Annual OUTMusic Awards.

As a writer, Sage wrote about homeless youth in her adopted hometown of New York City. She was billed as a "Guest celebrity contributor" by The Morton Report. In her editorial, she mentioned a collaboration of artists, unveiling an album, New Arrivals Vol. 4: Artists Against Youth Homelessness, with proceeds going to the National Network for Youth.[8]

As a visual artist, Sage's paintings and collage have been shown in small galleries in Lower Manhattan,[9] and she has also contributed original artwork to her own CD package designs.

Sage appears on "Both Sides Now: the Very Best of Judy Collins," performing a duet with Collins on the Neil Young song, "Helpless."[10]

Sage's 12th full-length album, Choreographic, was released by Mpress Records on May 20, 2016, featuring some of the songs that she wrote to accompany dance competition routines for Maddie Ziegler.[11]





  1. ^ "Rachael Sage / Lux Deluxe". Berklee College of Music. Retrieved 29 May 2014.
  2. ^ "MPRESSFEST SXSW 2012". M MUSIC & MUSICIANS MAGAZINE. Retrieved 1 March 2012.
  3. ^ "A Ninth Night of Lights". The New York Times. December 23, 2009. Retrieved July 12, 2013.
  4. ^ Hay, Carla (Aug 7, 1999). "Sage Advice". Billboard: 18.
  5. ^ The Columbus Dispatch (June 5, 2008). "Little bit of theater sets stage for songwriter's stories". The Columbus Dispatch. Retrieved 2013-12-05.
  6. ^ Bangshowbiz – Mon, June 6, 2011 (June 6, 2011). "Rachael Sage praised by producer – Yahoo News UK". Uk.news.yahoo.com. Retrieved 2013-12-05.
  7. ^ "10th Annual Independent Music Awards". Rachael Sage NY USA Award for song, "Brave Mistake". Music Resource Group LLC. 2009. Retrieved July 12, 2013.
  8. ^ Sage, Rachael (June 22, 2011). "Celebrity Causes: Rachael Sage for Artists Against Youth Homelessness". Editorial against homelessness. The Morton Report. Retrieved July 12, 2013.
  9. ^ "A Big Week for Rachael Sage". The Muse Box. Archived from the original on June 29, 2012. Retrieved May 17, 2012.
  10. ^ "Both Sides Now: the Very Best of Judy Collins". Best Buy.
  11. ^ "Rachael Sage Releases New Album CHOREOGRAPHIC", BroadwayWorld.com, May 20, 2016

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