Blasko's mother, Ellie (died c. 2000 of bowel cancer), was a nurse and her father, Nikolai David Blaskow, is a teacher. Reid "didn't really give a shit" that Blasko was pregnant when there was work to be done. Funnily enough, the two most pop moments on the new album, Say What You Want and first single Only One, were written with Wales. More than anything, you've just got to be yourself".. Still, it's true that Blasko, who just turned 39, now has a son Jerry, a few months old and a partner who is a musician and "computer nerd". Her zodiac sign is Virgo. With hits including We Wont Run and Bird on a Wire, As Day Follows Night is still seen as a benchmark of song writing and production in Australian music. More importantly, the 10 synth-laden pop tunes are heart- on-the-sleeve paeans to love.  Susan Frances at AbsolutePunk.net rates the musicianship and production higher than Blasko's vocals, where "[she] is made up to sound more impressive than she actually is on the album [she has] a limited range so the tunes have a mundane drone. "You really have to go full circle back to remind yourself, 'Who was I when I first started doing this, and why did I do it?' He just is what he is. "It's a real challenge to try and write a love song and to write a pop song.  Album notes for Blasko's debut solo EP, Prelusive, acknowledge Cameron as her muse. Its all the fun things around it that you remember. Dec 2021 - Present1 year 5 months.  Gagel engineered and mixed the album, with assistance from Bruce MacFarlane. She surrounded herself with collaborators such as David Hunt and Ben Fletcher, people "who loved me [and] I loved them". At the ARIA Music Awards of 2007, the album won the ARIA Award for Best Pop Release. Cameron Semmens and Sarah Blasko were divorce Dave Miller is in a long-term relationship wi See Blasko was first heard in the mid-1990s fronting Sydney band, Acquiesce, after an initial tour of France with founding members Dave Hemmings, Paul Camilleri, and her sister Kate Halcrow. The APRA Awards are held in Australia and New Zealand by the Australasian Performing Right Association to recognise songwriting skills, sales and airplay performance by its members annually. I love a bit of cabaret and musicals."  Craig Mathieson at The Age noted her last two albums were "starkly personal song cycles, staffed by jazz-inflected rhythms, sparsely exotic textures and a relentless sense of an artist getting to grips with her life. "Her sense of humour is a cross between hammy musicals and Woody Allen films and Seinfeld," Throsby says. Im also due to have a baby in three weeks so my head is pretty blurry at this stage too.". No one loves a good pop love song more than me.". Or not all about her. Most of it was recorded at home. "Apart from playing live, I've got these other streams of income in terms of songwriting and performance royalties," Blasko says from lockdown in her inner-western Sydney home. Sarah Blasko performs at the Graphic Festival at Opera House in 2015: Women in the music industry, she says, "get under-estimated. Sarah Blasko: Theres strength in taking songwriting away from your identity, Original reporting and incisive analysis, direct from the Guardian every morning, 2023 Guardian News & Media Limited or its affiliated companies. Sarah Blasko performs at Beat the Drum music festival in The Domain in 2015. This will be an uplifting show to watch and to hear.. She had performed under her then married name, Sarah Semmens, and, after leaving Acquiesce, as Sorija in a briefly existing duo of that name. Sarah Blasko is a pioneer of the Australian indie music scene. And this is an album about somebody settling down," says Blasko, a takeaway coffee in her hand and a determined look on her face. Theres a girl in Australia called Sarah Blasko, John said, when asked by James Corden if hes ever tempted to just rest on his laurels.  Both EP and single were produced by Hugh Wilson (King Luan, Vertigo, Science for Girls, Brooklyn Social, Huboi, The Blue Phoenix). In the liner notes Blasko dedicates the album to her partner Dave Miller, with whom she had a . In 2015, at her preview show of Eternal Return, Blasko introduced an entirely new backing band. She gave birth to her first child with partner Dave Miller in 2015 and the initial heartbreak that inspired As Day Follows Night is long in the past. It is an album about heartbreak, and it was written for that, but you know, I think that a lot of people are feeling like that right now, they are a feeling a bit lost and thats where I was when I made the album. Burt Bacharach Angelo Badalamenti and David Lynch David Bowie Cold Chisel Electric Light Orchestra Bob Evans Guy Lombardo and His Royal Canadians Martika The Muppets OutKast Seeker Lover Keeper . It sounded like little else in 2009, or most any other year".  In August 2015 Blasko announced that her fifth studio album, Eternal Return, was due for release in November with a preview in SeptemberOctober at the Sydney Opera House.  Also that year, the group won a New South Wales campus band competition and received greater local attention. She eventually left the church in her final year of school, declaring that its emphasis on material success "just didn't fit" with her, or her interpretation of the scriptures. After years of writing about loneliness, ambiguity and complexity, Sarah Blasko has made an album about falling in love.Credit: Jade Cantwell. All week [following the shows], Ive felt almost like a different person. Sarah Blasko is about to release a new album Depth of Field.Credit: Janie Barrett. [Her] voice is at once fragile and careful, holding a lot of breathy similarities to contemporary female singer/songwriters (including Feist and Sara Bareilles), while the music incorporates many contemporary touches from the meeting points between electronica and folk. She had performed under her then married name, Sarah Semmens, and, after leaving Acquiesce, as Sorija in a briefly existing duo of that name. An original and largely self-reliant musical artist, Blasko is known for her writing and production skills, as well as her unique voice and stage presence. So, when I listened to the album, it was joyful to listen to because it was such a quick, easy process. , The lead single, "All I Want", appeared ahead of the album in May but did not reach the Australian top50. The clip is a two-hander between Blasko and Newtown-based drag performer Aaron Manahan (who goes by Aaron Manhattan), who mouths much of the song, including the refrain Its easy come, easy go, living in a mans world and, suddenly, the songs story becomes more complex than Blaskos relationship with the music industry. "I'm very lucky," she admits, but that doesn't mean she isn't angry. I like things that stand the test of time". I just hope that this album can speak to people where they are at now, because I think the album obviously had a place in peoples hearts all that time ago, she says.  At the ARIA Music Awards of 2013 Blasko was nominated for Best Female Artist and Best Contemporary Adult Album. It was a very vulnerable record. "I have done that before but it's been not in such lovely circumstances. They commenced in 2006. Not one song is about him. I knew that that [gender inequality] is how people were going to read the song, because thats what the song is: its about my perspective about being a woman in a mans world, she says. Royalties aren't the only financial blessing that Blasko has to count. In the same week of Eternal Return's release Blasko announced a tour in support of the album that would take place in April 2016. So, I hope that it can offer nostalgia, but I also think the album has the potential to offer something to people where theyre at now. Were working to restore it. In Reunion her parents had worked as Anglican missionaries. She returned to The Grove to record with producer Burke Reid (Courtney Barnett, the Drones, the Mess Hall) and an impressive studio band, including Hunt, bassist Donny Benet, PVT drummer Laurence Pike and Midnight Oil guitarist Jim Moginie. I have a video of her and [expat Australian musician] Jim White doing Empire State of Mind at a karaoke bar in New York. Interview: Sarah Blaskos success of heartbreak. A film of the show will stream on Sydney Opera House's website from Friday. I mostly look back at the recording experience, she says. , Blasko spent April 2006 recording her second album, What the Sea Wants, the Sea Will Have, in Auckland, New Zealand at Roundhead Studio, which is owned by Crowded House front man, Neil Finn. I was going for it and making the most of the time before the baby came along. I get really angry". photos, So, we were all quite emotional.. Josh Leeson Journalist More from Music and Gigs The album saw Blasko finish the award season with a, very fragile, Triple J Australian Album of the Year Award and the ARIA for Best Female Artist. The album was released on 6 November 2015 through EMI in Australia and Amazon  in the US, and in the UK on 5 February 2016 through MVKA.  The album of the same name was issued in May 2015 by Blasko and Wales. Sometimes I wish a little bit that I hadnt mentioned that Id had a child, because inevitably people tend to focus on that, she says. Dave Miller and Sarah Blasko had a relationship.  She launched the EP at The Hopetoun Hotel, and by October the lead track, "Your Way", had been added to national radio station Triple J's play list. Her vocal melodies transform the girl next door to a femme fatale figure which may explain why so many of those radiant reviews for her album come from male writers". Some of my favourite records are really in the throes of something significant and oh, where was I going with that? "It makes sense in a way because I think falling in love, like I said before, it's like a return to something of who you are as a child. Were working to restore it. Blasko supported by a string quartet and a local guitarist. Login This came with the announcement of the first single from the album "Phantom" and accompanying video directed by Mclean Stephenson. 9, Eternal Return (6 November 2015), and Depth of Field (23 February 2018).  At the ARIA Music Awards of 2003 she received her first nomination: as Best Female Artist for her work on Prelusive and "Your Way". All tracks are written by Sarah Blasko & Robert F. Cranny. . The times that I havent applied it, I think Ive ended up not being happy with the result..  For the EP Blasko provided vocals, guitar and keyboards, and co-produced it with Schneider (also on guitar, keyboards, and flute) and Wilson (also on guitar and keyboards). 58 and "[explain]" at No. 5 on the ARIA Albums Chart. By 2016 Blasko's long relationship with her manager had ended, a traumatic break-up that coincided with other major changes in her personal life "things that I don't want to go into". Part of this particular story relates to the genesis of .  Two tracks were solely written by Blasko, two co-written with Schneider and two with Wilson. , During the writing and recording process of Depth of Field, film maker Brendan Fletcher filmed the process and turned the footage into an upcoming documentary called Blasko, Narrated by Blasko herself, the documentary is an intimate portrait of the artist as she composes the new album. I was younger then, so I guess I see it in a way that I feel for this younger version of myself.. "That's just like, 'I'm in love, I'm in love, I'm in love'. This is an album about somebody settling down.  By 2008 The Overture & the Underscore received platinum accreditation by ARIA for shipment of over 70,000 copies. I've been trying to write a pop album the whole time. It was a really confusing and lonely time, and the songs reflected me trying to pull myself out of that," she says. Sarah Blasko performs at Beat the Drum music festival in The Domain in 2015. "I still really have to keep reminding myself to have a positive outlook, to plan and look ahead and to think good things about the future.".  The album was released in Australia on 21 October, which debuted at No.  Diana Simmonds of Stage Noise was disappointed by an aspect of the opening night "[l]ess successful on opening night at least were the songs which open and then punctuate the action, composed and performed by [Blasko]. Its the success of As Day Follows Night that has Blasko back on stage now, wowing audiences again with her 10-year-anniversary tour of the seminal album, after a couple of years of pandemic induced delays. She was born in Sydney soon after her family returned from French-speaking Runion where her parents had been missionaries. They commenced in 2018. The Sarah Blasko story began on September 23, 1976, when she was born in Sydney shortly after her parents Nikolai and Ellie Blaskow (the singer would change her name to make it easier to pronounce) returned to Australia from the French-controlled Indian Ocean island of Reunion. "I love Smooth FM for that very fact; love songs that are really solid pop songs. Best Match Powered by Whitepages Premium AGE 80+ Sarah Blasko Richardson, TX (Berkner Park) Aliases Blasko Sarah View Full Report Addresses Rollingwood Dr, Richardson, TX Relatives Music steeped in atmosphere and mood. On 26 October 2012 Blasko issued her fourth studio album, I Awake, which reached No. We ask for your permission before anything is loaded, as the provider may be using cookies and other technologies.  Prior to her third album being recorded in January 2009 their creative and personal relationship "had ended some time back. Blasko, who lives in Sydney's inner west, forged a reputation not just as a singer with a hauntingly resonant voice but as a penetrating lyricist and a driving force in indie pop. Theres a view that people could take like, Oh youre an angry woman which I am! she laughs. Add articles to your saved list and come back to them any time. Get the news you want delivered to your inbox. 3 on the ARIA Albums Charts in June 2011, Blasko's highest chart entry. They lived at the out-of-Sydney studio, spending their recording, cooking and downtime together.  She co-produced the album with Cranny and Jim Moginie (ex-Midnight Oil); which featured musical contributions from Dave Symes, de Araujo, Moginie and Cranny, and was mixed by Victor Van Vugt.  During mid-2010 she repackaged As Day Follows Night with Live at the Forum for a 2 CD album. photos, In the past year they have moved into what might pass for an artist colony or enclave in inner-city Newtown/Camperdown, with many musician and filmmaking friends within five or 10 minutes' stroll. Sarah Blasko is about to release a new album Depth of Field. I'd be like, 'I'm sorry, I've got to go have a snack and a drink before we continue.'". Or has us figured out. ", Blasko married Cameron Semmens in 1998. It sounded like little else in 2009, or most any other year".  Her family had just returned from French-speaking Runion, where both of her parents were Christian missionaries. I really remember playing it live with my band, but Id be lying If I said I didnt think that it was great to win these awards. Were sorry, this feature is currently unavailable.  Beat Magazine's Chris Girdler noted "[it] has a completely different feel to [Seeker Lover Keeper] [and] is an insular, soul-searching piece that gets its balance from Blasko's gorgeous vocal guiding us through the trials and tribulations, as well as a sympathetic symphonic instrumentation". ", Sarah Blasko recently had a son, Jerry, but jokes he must "earn his stripes" before she writes a song about him.Credit: Jade Cantwell. The album was certified Gold, for 35,000 physical copies sold, in Australia in January 2007. ", She appeared at a breast cancer benefit concert in October 2006 as "[other] forms of cancer have affected my family, and I have friends whose families have been impacted by breast cancer. Blasko enjoys working on other peoples projects. You're going in like a child, going in wholeheartedly. "It was [a matter of] 'hurry up, he wants to get out'," she says. 12 years later, shes still reflecting on its momentous impact. 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