Brown is the daughter of musicians--her father, Doug Brown, often plays keyboard at her gigs--and her natural talent for melody is obvious. But she seems to write for a voice that is lower than her natural range. She wishes she had a throaty, growly, gospel voice, but on the rare moments when she finds her lighter, higher head voice, she also finds the pitch and volume more easily. The lower range, and the resulting low orchestration for her band, muddied her live performance and obscured her worthy lyrics. Perhaps a vocal coach could open up new songwriting possibilities for her. I'm sure I'm not the only admirer who looks forward to watching Sari Brown grow.
It will come as no surprise to hear that Brown attends a tiny, experimental liberal arts college in Vermont. But she's coming home to Ann Arbor in December and will be performing at Crazy Wisdom Tea Room on Saturday, December 19.
[Originally published in December, 2009.]