Sara Correia – Music News

Sara Correia grew up in a family of fadistas, immersed in fado, and was only 13 when she won the Grande Noite do Fado (big festival and singing competition). Her raspy high contralto voice still projects the intensity of the roots music she grew up listening to. After releasing her self-titled debut album in 2018, she quickly made a name for herself on the Fado scene, with a release celebrated with numerous accolades. After having recently reissued her second album, Do Coração, in a deluxe edition, she is finally making her UK debut at the La Linea festival. Ahead of her performance at London’s Union Chapel on April 28, we caught up with her to find out a bit more.

Hi Sara, first of all how are you?

Hi! I am very well. With the success of “Quero é Viver”, the opening credits of a popular prime-time soap opera in Portugal, the start of the year has been an exciting one. I look forward to a year full of live performances and new music in 2022.

You finally come back to London, are you delighted to be able to play the date?

Yes absolutely. I think the postponement due to the pandemic made me want to perform at Union Chapel on April 28 even more.

What do you have planned for the London show?

Fado, Fado and more Fado. I have the honor of being accompanied by truly incredible musicians who bring their talent to every show, ensuring that each concert is unique. I am confident that they will exceed their expectations when they perform in London, just like me. So get ready for a moving letting go of the depths of the Portuguese soul as only Fado can provide.

You had an interesting journey to success, for those who don’t know, can you give a little insight?

I started singing when I was very young. I was a child at the time and accompanied my aunt, who also sang Fado, to Fado houses. It’s a “church” of fado singers, where you learn everything, and where I learned everything too. When I was 13, I won the Grande Noite do Fado, a famous Fado competition in Portugal. Following this victory, I was invited to play in one of the most important fado halls in Lisbon, where I had the incredible privilege of learning from some of the greatest voices: Celeste Rodrigues, Jorge Fernando and Maria de Nazaré. In 2018 I released my first album and the critics and the public were very generous with me. In 2020, I was ready to release my second album in March, just a week before everything shut down due to Coronavirus. Then we postponed the release until the end of the year, and with all the difficulties and postponed shows, 2021 was a very good year for me. I won a major award in Portugal with my record and was nominated for the Latin Grammys. I also did a lot of participations with other musicians and I was also able to tour in such great countries as Colombia, Panama, Chile and Argentina. Now the Do Coração tour is still on but I’m already preparing my 3rd album, which I want to release at the end of this year.

Your first success came during your teenage years. How has this changed your ambitions?

It didn’t change my ambitions, but it reinforced the fact that I want to sing fado for the rest of my life.

While your first album was a huge hit, your second album received a phenomenal response. What did you learn from the first to apply to the second?

I believe the transition from “Sara Correia” to “Do Coração” just increased my confidence in singing my truth. This is the essence of Fado. You must feel it in your bones and be able to carry it out as a cry, a lament, or an expression of your deepest being. Of course, being nominated for a Latin Grammy for doing what I love the most was an unexpected but incredible reward.

You recently published a deluxe edition of Do Coração, what prompted you to make this decision?

We had a lot of live material, as well as a new single called “Quero é Viver” and two collaborations. Despite the pandemic, I gave more than 30 shows in 2021, some of which were recorded, and with a Latin Grammy nomination and a PLAY award in Portugal for the best Fado album, we felt that these live versions and collaborations deserved a release.

Have you already started working on album 3?

Yes, but for now let’s keep the mystery!

Your sound is steeped in fado but has a contemporary twist. How to find the balance between the two?

Let’s not forget that I am 28 years old. Fado is a cultural heritage that has been passed down from generation to generation, and I hope and wish that my performance adds a contemporary touch to it. The new generations are falling in love with fado and they need to get along with it. So I hope to be that voice, to bridge the generational gap while preserving the art of traditional fado.

Do Coração offers some collaborations. How do you choose who to work with?

I have to love and believe in music. It’s not so much about the names as it is about the music. If I believe my voice is a good fit, if I can incorporate my beloved fado into it, and if I can add without losing what I appreciate the most, I will. In “Meu Bairro, Minha Língua”, a tribute to the Portuguese language, I collaborated with Vinicius Terra, Linn da Quebrada, the beloved and late Elza Soares, and my Portuguese friend, Dino d’Santiago. Also, in a song called “O Mundo Há-de Ser Mais”, I collaborated with Stereossauro, a Portuguese musician and producer, in a cross between Fado and electronic music. The original album contains a duet with one of the Portuguese artists I admire the most: António Zambujo.

Finally, is there someone you dream of working with?

This is going to sound crazy, but I would love to work with Billie Eillish! I admire his voice and his music but especially his attitude.

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