Saturday, November 30, 2013

Sarah Jane Morris • Fast Car

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"Fast Car" was written by singer/songwriter Tracy Chapman, released by her in 1988. The single, off her debut album, went to #6 on the Billboard Hot 100, making her a talent to keep an eye on. Over twenty years later, Jazz artist Sarah Jane Morris recorded the song for her album 'Cello Songs', a 2011 release. I have been a fan of Sarah Jane Morris since the I saw her singing with Jimmy Somerville, on tour with The Communards, in the mid-1980s. I saw them at The Ritz, and they were captivating. From Hi-N-R-G Dance music to 1930s-inspired Jazz, it was a great show. Fast-forward 25 years, and Morris releases 'Cello Songs', a collection of songs that included songs she had previously recorded, but offered a new sound thanks to Enrico Melozzi, who arranged and conducted the orchestra. This is Sarah Jane singing "Fast Car".

You can purchase 'Cello Songs' from iTunes. To learn more about Sarah Jane Morris, visit her official website. You can also 'follow' her on Twitter, and 'like' her on Facebook. If you enjoy her music, you can check out her page on Pledge Music, where she is doing some crowdfunding for a new album. Preliminary titled 'Bloody Rain', Sarah Jane is looking to African music as a great influence on the new music.

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