Sarah Hiltz – How Many Fires (2009)July 10, 2009
Artist: Sarah Hiltz
Release: How Many Fires
Home: Chatham Kent Ontario Canada
Style: Acoustic, Jazz, Modern, Contemporary and Folk.
01. Strong As Death
02. Thank You Mr. Yorke
04. You’ll Fall In Love
06. Wind And Iron Collide
07. Ultimate Inadequecy
08. You Don’t Know
10. Maker of Desire
Sarah Hiltz: Vocals, guitar & percussion, Kalimba, Keys.
Andy Tattersall – Guitar
Bob Hiltz – Bass, Organ
Byron Harrett – Sax, flute
Dan Stronks – Banjo
Franklin Fitz – Choir
Graham Kivell – Piano. Keyboards, Organ
Jeff Johnson – Drums
Jordan Michaelis – Percussion, Drums, Choir. Bowis
Leanne Hessel – Cello
Linz Ross – Choir
Tim Tanner – Drums
Chatham Music Archive Review:
It is not surprising that this is a very rich release from Sarah considering her passion and educated musical background. This release is fresh in that it blends the modern styles with retro vibes. It is experimental, but never crosses the line of becoming strange or lost. Simply put, it is a beautiful and complete work of art. I don’t want to use the words mature when describing music, but Sarah has grown as a musician quickly and is becoming an innovator of our scene.
The best part of the CD is that her vocal styling and voice is original. When you hit play, you know it is Sarah singing. I am really curious and excited to hear what is next for her music. Keep your ear out.
Sarah is very active in the live music scene and is always out there playing. Go see her live and look for the CD.
All Music by Sarah.
Produced by: Sarah Hiltz
Engineered by: Bob Hiltz, Ass. with Sarah.
Mixed and mastered by: Bob Hiltz
Photography by: Tim Cooper.
Drawing comparisons to both Billie Holiday and Feist, musician Sarah Hiltz is a paradoxical blend of old world and modernity. She’s been praised for her ability to tell a story through song, but isn’t afraid to take risks when she performs.
While her tasteful and sometimes unexpected note choices have made Sarah an in demand session vocalist, she is now turning her focus onto her own collection of originals and is in pre-production for her first full-length release. In the meantime, Sarah continues to write and study piano, as well as perform regularly as one half of an acoustic duo.
Sarah has been performing since childhood and composing for almost as long. At the age of thirteen, she won the Chatham-Kent Song Contest to write the official song of Chatham-Kent. Following the competition, she recorded her first independent record of all original tunes and released it in the fall of 2001. In 2004, Sarah’s writing was again recognized when she placed first at the Kiwanis Music festival in the original composition category.
Later that year, Sarah moved to Toronto to study voice at the world-renowned Humber College Jazz Program. At the same time, Sarah was the vocalist for the Jef Kearns Four, a jazz quartet that performed in her hometown, Chatham. She went on to host a weekly jazz evening at the William Street Café in the fall of 2006, leading a quartet under her own name. In no time the evening grew into success, drawing people every Monday night to brave the Canadian cold in favour of warm vocals and hot coffee.
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