Song taken from acclaimed songwriter’s most recent album Choreographic.
By Blurt Staff
It will come as no secret to regular BLURT readers that NYC-based Rachael Sage is among our favorite singer-songwriters—not to mention a source of massive admiration for her pioneering efforts in the indie record label milieu. She’s a four-time Independent Music Award winner to boot. Raise your hand if you own albums by Sage and other artists on her visionary MPress label. We’ve covered this brainy-yet-sensual songbird often, from record reviews and even more record reviews to video and track unveilings and more.
So her most recent album Choreographic has this stunning track called “Try Try Try,” and we are not shy about telling you that it’s a must-see. Check it out:
Sage will be performing in slightly less than a week in NYC (Jan. 17, Rockwood Music Hall), and she’ll be showing the video that night—YOU, gentle BLURT-ers, get the advance peek, before the New York gig and before she kicks off her Choreographic tour that will take up all of Feb. and March. Indeed, from Feb. 11-Mar. 4, Sage teams up with blues rocker Beth Hart for concerts, and then shortly after that, starting Mar. 8, she heads to the UK where she’ll be the opening act for British pop icon Howard Jones.
According to Sage and MPress:
“The song ‘Try Try Try’ perfectly melds classical ballet with edgy guitar-pop, creating what Sage playfully terms “ballet-pop”. Directed by award-winning filmmaker/photographer Tom Moore, the clip features an original pas de deux created by renowned choreographer Sarah O’Gleby (Tony Awards, The Oscars, Ted 2), performed by ballerina Abigail Simon (American Ballet Theater, Joffrey Ballet) and dancer/actor Marty Lawson (Smash, Movin’ Out, Shrek The Musical). Sage also appears in the vibrant, highly stylized video rocking out on her glittery Gretsch electric guitar alongside members of her live band The Sequins. Sage is a former dancer herself who attended The School Of American Ballet in her teens, and her music has been used extensively on Lifetime’s hit TV show, Dance Moms, which has featured Rachael’s music in many winning routines performed by breakout star Maddie Ziegler. “Try Try Try” was co-produced by Sage with Andy Zulla (Kelly Clarkson, Idina Menzel), and recently charted at #6 on AC Radio. Sage hopes that dancers and non-dancers alike will enjoy her latest video for one reason above all: ‘This is a song about that moment where you decide to throw all your plans out the window and commit to the unexpected. It’s about embracing love when every fiber in your being is telling you to protect yourself and run – and I think we can all use a bit of that sentiment right now!’”
Incidentally, Sage garnered an impressive 10 pre-nominations for the 59th Annual Grammy Awards: Record of the Year, Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Best Pop Solo Performance, Best Pop Vocal Album, Best American Roots Performance, Best Arrangement, Instruments and Vocals, Best Engineered Album, Producer of the Year, and Best Music Video for “I Don’t Believe It”. A big salute to Sage and MPress from the BLURT gang!