Sarah Burton is born in Ottawa, but she calls Toronto her home. Her career has seen her play NXNE, Canadian Music Week, Winterfolk, We Are Many Festival, Brandon Folk Festival, North Country Fair, and BC’s Music on the Mountain, in addition to many live music venues across Canada and the US. She’s enjoyed radio play across North America, and rave reviews from tastemakers near and far! Miss Burton is not only adept with a guitar, but can tickle the ivories like she tickles your heart.
Americana UK said about Sarah Burton “..full of earthy and earnest sounds coming across at times like Lucinda Williams’ little sister. A little sassier, certainly more energetic but with a voice that leans back against the bar and tells it like it is…” Released in August 2012, Sarah Burton’s Fire Breathers consists of 13 songs spun together by a spaghetti-western love story that follows three imperfect characters: the outlaw, the lady, and the man who was too good, through the torments and the pleasures of the heart. The album is distributed by Fontana North/Universal, courtesy of Tonic Records, Vancouver.
Portraying the “lady” in the Fire Breathers story, is Miss Sarah Burton, and something got under her skin in this new release. From the edgy and fiercely independent sound of her previous album, Mayflower (containing such songs as“Anti Monogamy” and “If This Is A Sin”), Fire Breathers shows more love to the opposite sex with songs like the lead out rocker “Raise The Bar”, the power pop of “Love to Love You”, and the raunchy blues-rock of “My Man”. While softening her lyrical approach, Sarah also raised the bar herself on the sound and feel of this collection. Straight up rock ‘n roll, dirty blues riffs, a little twang, and pop treatments run rampant throughout, thanks to the contributions of “the outlaw”, bass player Luke Stackhouse, and “the man who was too good”, guitar player Jay Swinnerton. Each song is unique while still flowing with style of the album; a piece of Canadiana splendor. Fire Breathers will leave you breathless.
Kerry Doole, Exclaim Magazine said “There’s a slightly rough and ready feel to the instrumentation that suits Burton’s vibrant and versatile vocals.” Sarah Burton tells the tales of life with beauty, strength and weariness, and her sound rocks and rolls with just the right amount of country and pop influence. Sarah’s music was featured in the film “Cabin Fever 2″, and her the song Then Run Away, was named Best Folk Song by Toronto Exclusive magazine in 2009. A relentless road warrior who spends months on the road at a time, Sarah stopped moving long enough to record her debut EP Love is for Pussies in 2007, with Juno winning producer John Switzer, and followed it up in 2010 with her full-length album Mayflower; “a country dusted folk album of steel guitars and sweet sorrow” (Brad Wheeler, The Globe & Mail). Accompanying the Mayflower release is a video for How Good You Are (Feb 2011), thanks to a grant from Videofact, and a second video for the song Gravity (Feb 2012).
John McClure, Victory Music Review wrote “Here is acoustic, rock, bluesy, torch, indie jive, country psychedelic, soul-baring beautiful music that those with a need to hear a new point of view ought to get off their butts and obtain. This album matters.”
Sarah Burton is an exceptional talented Canadian singer. She is in conversation with Namita Nayyar, President Women Fitness.
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