Award-winning recording artist Rachael Sage has released the official video for her single “I Don’t Believe It”, the first video from her resently released full length, Choreographic (MPress/ILS/Caroline).
The video premiered Wednesday on PopMatters. In keeping with the album’s “ballet-pop” theme, “I Don’t Believe It” features a stunning array of dancers choreographed by Megan Carvajal and starring 3-time national dance champion, Kaci King.
Rachael Sage is a former dancer herself, who attended The School Of American Ballet and danced with The New York City Ballet in such Balanchine ballets as “The Nutcracker” and “Coppelia”. Connecting to her roots in ballet, the NYC-based Sage “envisioned each song as a fully-choreographed multi-media experience”. The result is an inspired set of piano-based chamber-pop merging orchestral elements with her signature blend of folk, pop and rock. “Making this album was a meditation on my lifelong relationship to ballet and more recently, to lyrical dance. Dance gave me virtually everything I cherish as an artist: melody, expressiveness, a sense of ensemble, a love of costume and fashion, and foremost, discipline.”
“‘I Don’t Believe It’ is a song about rising above someone who is putting you down – whether it be a strict teacher, parent or other authority figure, or a bully. As someone who experienced bullying throughout my grammar school and later my high school years, and who also struggled to reconcile some of the harsher teaching methods during my ballet training, I wanted to write an empowering song that was fast-moving and literally compels you to shake off doubt.
“In the video, our young dancer/heroine (Kaci King) moves from a tentative approach to her accomplished dancing, to a more inspired, transcendent expressiveness, once she is able to overcome her own doubt and let go of trying to be ‘perfect’ for her teacher. We watch her embrace her own joy and power and as she does, other diverse, mature dancers weave in and out of the video, contrasting various dance styles including tap, ballroom and ballet, and celebrating the confident, liberated dancer inside all of us.” – Rachael Sage
Fresh off the heels of her 16th song placement on Lifetime TV’s Dance Moms, Sage and her music have reached an ever-widening audience since her previous release “Blue Roses”, amassing over 9.5 million views on YouTube. “Try Try Try“, the first single off of the new album is currently at #38 and climbing on the AC Top 200 chart.
Praise for Choreographic
“…Choreographic (is) a colorful work that shares flourishes of Sigur Rós and Kate Bush, and identifies Sage as a divine musical visionary.” – Glide Magazine
“…fueled by triumph and feminine resilience.” – Baeble Music
“12 original compositions that will make you dance, cry, smile, and move to the beat…In less than 20 years Rachael has accomplished more as an independent artist than some artists signed to a major label have done in a lifetime.” – The Daily Voice
“…sultry yet warm…smoothly melds potentially disparate genres as folk and pop, the string-lined track tells of interpersonal longing with Aimee Mann-like poetic bewitchment.” – The Deli Magazine
“Sage wisdom in a chamber-pop package; “It Would Be Enough” might be the most eloquent and perfect David Bowie Eulogy to date.” – MAGNET Magazine
Sage, who contributed piano and guitar on the album, is joined by top-notch musicians including violinists Rachel Golub (Adele) and Lyris Hung (Indigo Girls), cellist Dave Eggar (A Great Big World), drummer Doug Yowell (Joe Jackson) and guest vocalists Peter Himmelman and Matt Nakoa. Featuring 12 brand-new tracks, the album was co-produced by Sage and Grammy® winner Andy Zulla (Idina Menzel, Rod Stewart) and engineered by Grammy® nominee John Shyloski (Johnny Winter, Diana Ross). A special bonus track, a charming rendition of Carole King’s “So Far Away”, will be available exclusively on the iTunes version.
About Rachael Sage
A soulful vocalist and innovative multi-instrumentalist, singer/songwriter and producer Rachael Sage has become one of the busiest touring artists in independent music, performing 100+ dates a year with her band The Sequins throughout the US, UK, Europe and Asia. She has earned a loyal following for her dynamic piano playing, delicate guitar work, soulful vocals and improvisational audience interaction.
Sage has shared stages with Sarah McLachlan, A Great Big World, Judy Collins, Shawn Colvin, Marc Cohn, Jamie Cullum, The Animals and Ani DiFranco. She has performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and received numerous songwriting awards including The John Lennon Songwriting Contest (Grand Prize) and several Independent Music Awards. Her songs have appeared on MTV, HBO, the “Fame” soundtrack, and 16 of her songs have appeared in the last 3 seasons of Lifetime’s controversial reality series, “Dance Moms” (including several songs accompanying breakout Sia video star Maddie Ziegler‘s winning routines). For more information, visit rachaelsage.com.
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