SARAH McGUINNESS steps into her musical alter-ego and announces the release of her debut album
This home grown Emmy nominated British producer, director, composer & screenwriter releases debut album 'Unbroken' and we love it!
Seductive, strong and sassy ….charismatic Derry-born singer/songwriter Sarah McGuinness is a woman on a musical mission to thrill. With glamour as her weapon and the lyrical pen as her sword, this steely woman of mystery pulls on the mantle of her melodic alter-ego and steps into the limelight with her debut album ‘Unbroken’. Fusing vision with sound, each track on the album will be accompanied by its own mini movie. The creative strength of Sarah McGuinness demonstrates that she’s been through the traumas of life, yet, like the strongest of women, she remains ‘Unbroken’.
By day she’s best known as Sarah Townsend, the internationally renowned movie director, producer and screen writer for TV and the big screen, who’s most notable works include Emmy-nominated documentary ‘Believe’ and multi award-winning ’Noma: Forgiving Apartheid’, the lyrically-told inside stories of Eddie Izzard and Noma Dumezweni, the acclaimed stage and screen actress who shot to fame with her portrayal of Hermione in the recent West End smash “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child”.
By night the music takes over and her alter-ego, Sarah McGuinness, leaps into action like The Avengers’ Emma Peel. Immersing herself in the glamour and intrigue of the 50s & 60s silver-screen, Sarah slips on her stilettoes, slicks on the eyeliner and morphs into her sassy alter-ego; from Sarah the director to Sarah the singer/songwriter. Flipping herself inside out, and confidently displaying a previously unseen inner core, Sarah plucks at snapshots of her real life and delivers them melodically with all the strength and glamour of a 1950’s movie goddess.
Steered by English producer Ed Buller (Suede, Pulp, The Raincoats and Courteeners), ‘Unbroken’ is an epic masterpiece which will simultaneously lift your spirits whilst provoking thought. Epic, dramatic and compelling, ‘Unbroken’ is a reminiscent jaunt back to the heady days when women fused glamour with concealed strength. McGuinness’ deep, rich, enthralling vocals ooze and move around an elaborate fabric of gripping tales, each perfectly crafted with lyrical skill and emotional wisdom. The first single plucked from the album ‘Don’t Let Our Love Go’ is soulful and vibrant, a Dusty Springfield-esque melody that literally forces joy to well from your inner depths. ‘Pack Your Bags’ delivers a cheeky big-band feel as McGuinness punches her impeccably manicured fist to the love rats of the world and sends them packing. There’s a more mellow side to the collection in the form of tracks such as ‘Kiss You Better’ and ‘Wake Up’, where McGuinness’ vocals echo across a firm sound bed of bold defining beats, whilst tracks such as ‘Miss You’ sweep straight from a Bond movie, conjuring up images of mystery and seduction.
For a long time, Sarah McGuinness had a lot to say, but it’s taken until now for her to refine how she said it. ‘Unbroken’ is a culmination of a lifetime of creativity and experiences, a musical picture-book of poignant times. Each song is its own little drama, a pocket-sized story plucked from Sarah’s life emotions, often mirroring aspects within the corners of our own lives; sentiments we can all relate to. ‘Unbroken’ is for the women of the world (and the men with ears to listen). Sarah believes that the invention of the teenager screwed us all up, throwing glory onto that time and making any other life stage feel inadequate. ‘Unbroken’ flips those social perceptions on their head, defies that sentiment and gives women empowerment. Strutting back to the time of the silver-screen, where steely women were seen as glamour-kittens, had intriguing stories to tell and more drama in their lives, Sarah McGuinness reminds women of what they can really achieve; flinging on the mantle of that glamorous imagery and transforms into her sexy alter-ego.
Fuse Marianne Faithful, Sandi Shaw and Dusty Springfield with the spirit of Lulu and a dash of silver-screen mystery, serve shaken (not stirred) and embrace with the wisdom of a modern girl – then you’ll enjoy ‘Unbroken’ at its best. So succumb to the music, let glamour be your strength and let Sarah McGuinness entertain your eyes and ears – welcome Sarah McGuinness.
The debut album ‘Unbroken’ was released on 17 November , click here to have a listen