Islanders who love the sultry and uplifting sounds of reggae, soul and rhythm & blues won’t want to miss a CD release party set for 8:30 p.m. Friday at the Red Bicycle Bistro.
The night will celebrate the musical accomplishments of Sarah Christine, a home-town chanteuse whose debut album, “Free from Fear,” is just out. The album features assists from Island favorites Clinton Fearon and Jacob Bain, as well as contributions by many other well-known Seattle players. One of the tracks on the album was recorded in Jamaica, where Christine recently spent two months with her three children and partner.
According to Christine, completing the album is the end of a two-year process of composing and recording, in search of the perfect mix of sounds and messages.
“It’s hard to believe that so much time and energy all comes together into one little tangible piece of evidence to hold and listen to,” Christine said. “But it’s really been so much more than that. The journey that has brought me to this place has been filled with so many lessons, challenges and opportunities to expand and take roads that seemed inaccessible before — it feels like a whole new chapter.”
Classically trained in voice and self-taught on guitar and piano, Christine has spent the past 12 years composing and performing, making a name for herself at music festivals including Northwest Reggae Fest, Sierra Nevada World Music Fest, Conscious Culture Festival, Bumbershoot, Seattle Hempfest and Northwest Folklife. She was also featured on a major label release of an all-female compilation of U2 covers entitled “In the Shadows of U2.”
She currently teaches private voice instruction and group workshops .
Her show on Friday will feature an opening act, Chava Mirel, and the Sarah Christine Collective, an ensemble that includes drums, bass, guitar, trombone and female harmony vocals.
The concert is free and open to all ages until 11 p.m. and 21 and older after that.