AMERICANA ARTIST SARA SYMS FINDS HER AUTHENTIC VOICE WITH THE ELEGANTLY ROOTED WAY BACK HOME
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Authentic is the word most often used to describe Sara Syms. An artist willing to be intimate and vulnerable with her fans. Before leaving her home in Chicago for NYC, early resume included international figure skating competitions, performing in a world-renowned children's choir, copious hours practicing the piano and fiddle and touring the states in various bands until her life experiences led her to the realization that what she really wanted to do was write, record and perform her own music. Debut album Fade to Blue was nominated for IMEA's Americana Album of the Year and solidified her place on the scene. Now residing in Nashville, Sara's sophomore release, Way Back Home, is an artistic and personal breakthrough for the lifelong overachiever. Haunting vocals and beautifully crafted arrangements sweeten 10 tales plucked from the grit and grind of life.
Produced by Chris Cubeta and Nick Africano and recorded at Brooklyn’s GaluminumFoil studio with a who’s who of Americana sidemen including drummer Spencer Cohen (the Lone Bellow), pedal steel player Thad DeBrock (Rosanne Cash, Suzanne Vega), and guitarist Jeff Berner (Caleb Hawley, the Ramblers). But the set’s focus is squarely on Syms’ dark-honey dappled voice and her songwriting.
The album opens with “Way Back Home,” which hangs on the shimmer of Syms’ voice and waves of gently cascading guitars. The blithe vocal melody and warm chorus of “Bright Dreams, Lonely Days” adds sunlight to that number’s lyrics about feeling swept by life’s complex currents. “Hard Work Pay” is an elegant duet for Syms and Africano, who penned the ode to perseverance in the face of personal trials, and “In Time” amplifies that theme. Its message of hope, echoed in Syms’ gently sung line “I’ll find my way in time,” provides a perfect ending for the album. Read Full Bio