Blood Siren Sarah McCoy
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- 1New Orleans05:16
- 3Hot Shot03:35
- 4Pistol Whipped04:09
- 6Mamma's Song04:13
- 7The Death Of A Blackbird02:18
- 8I Miss Her04:03
- 10Red Hot02:22
- 11Ugly Dog03:32
- 12Devil's Prospects02:52
- 13Show's Over03:26
Info for Blood Siren
Sarah McCoy went from playing piano and singing in hotter-than-hell New Orleans dives to appearing in-front of enthusiastic crowds in hip Paris night clubs. Now, with her Blue Note album debut, she carries on a tradition perfected by the likes of Tom Waits, Amy Winehouse, and Janis Joplin, who turned their complicated lives into dark but beautiful poetry and music.
Blood Siren perfectly captures Sarah’s haunted moan, a sound that both chills and touches the heart. Producers Chilly Gonzales and Renaud Letang create a stark midnight atmosphere with Sarah on piano and guitar, touches of cello and celesta, some electronic sounds, and plenty of silence, along with a voice that sounds just as it does when she’s alone in her room.
Sarah McCoy was born in a New York outskirt. When she was a child, the family moved to the warmer climate of Charleston, South Carolina, where she had to face the deaths of both her father and grandmother, just a few days apart.
Her salvation was a piano. Sarah studied classical music, then began writing songs that reflected her dark and somber state of mind. In her late teens, she says, “I discovered I could sing while trying to keep myself awake behind the wheel.” Teenage Sarah was an introverted oddball who dressed in black and warred constantly with her mother. Before turning twenty she hitchhiked to California. Armed with a guitar, she began busking in San Diego. During a stretch of couch-surfing and squatting in abandoned buildings, she proceeded to Monterey, where she settled for four years, did more busking on the streets; played piano in a bar “in exchange for quesadillas”; worked other survival jobs; and lived in vans.
In 2013, French film director Bruno Moynie discovered her at the Spotted Cat Cluband enthusiastically not only shot a film documentary on her, but also arranged a concert tour of France. The success there initiated a French career for Sarah, who travelled back and forth from New Orleans to Paris on a regular basis from now on.
In April 2017, Sarah opened in Paris for Jarvis Cocker and Chilly Gonzales who were launching their mutual Deutsche Grammophon album Room 29. Chilly Gonzales invited her to do a test recording the following afternoon with his producer friend, Renaud Letang (Feist, Manu Chao, Seu Jorge, Jane Birkin, Jamie Lidell).
That October, Sarah moved to Paris. In February 2018, she, Gonzales, and Letang recorded Blood Siren, a captivating album full of striking details. On “Someday” and “Mamma’s Song,” Sarah’s playing takes on an eerie toy-piano sound that underlines the songs’ childlike despair. “The Death of a Blackbird,” a piano solo, is the sound of loneliness; it bespeaks her early classical training. “Devil’s Prospects” is a tale of New Orleans voodoo; it reeks of gin and dank, clammy night air.
After many years of living on the edge, Sarah is on friendly terms now with the dark, intense persona that appears in the elegant artwork of Blood Siren. “I’d like to let people know that the monster in them exists in other people as well.”
“As if Amy Winehouse and Tom Waits had a kid…” (LA BLOGOTHEQUE)
“An incredible power diva… a voice reminding of Janis Joplin, Aretha Franklin, Nina Simone, Tom Waits” (LES INROCKS)
“Her voice captivates everybody…” (L'OBS)
Sarah McCoy, vocals
is the New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling author of Marilla of Green Gables (William Morrow/Harper Collins, October 23, 2018); The Mapmaker’s Children; The Baker’s Daughter, a 2012 Goodreads Choice Award Best Historical Fiction nominee; The Time It Snowed in Puerto Rico; the novella “The Branch of Hazel” in Grand Central; and Le souffle des feuilles et des promesses, a French exclusive title mit Gonzales und Letang für Blue Note Records ihr Album „Blood Siren“ auf.
Sarah’s work has been featured in Real Simple, The Millions, Your Health Monthly, Huffington Post and other publications. She has taught English writing at Old Dominion University and at the University of Texas at El Paso.
The daughter of an Army officer, her family was stationed in Germany during her childhood. She grew up in Virginia and now lives with her husband, an orthopedic sports surgeon, and their dog, Gilbert, in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
I was born in Fort Knox, Kentucky, the daughter of an Army officer from Oklahoma and a Puerto Rican elementary school teacher. Being an Army brat, I didn’t stay in the Bluegrass State long enough to wear a Derby hat or sip the whiskey. By two years old, Edelweiss was my lullaby in Schweinfurt, Germany, and so my gypsy life began. My family (me plus two baby brothers, now grown-up men) moved every ten months to two years until I hit thirteen. Then, by the grace of God, the Army let us take root in Virginia, and I stayed in the Old Dominion for the next fourteen years. So by all accounts, I consider myself a Virginia lady. Nothing is dearer to me than the morning fog creeping over the Shenandoah Mountains, the sweet smell of cherry blossoms along the Potomac, or the lonesome horn of a ship in Norfolk harbor. But being the inherent wanderer, my love of travel and different cultures continues to weigh heavy on my life and writing.
It goes without saying that I’ve had a lifelong love affair with creative writing. But I’ve found that just about every published author has a similar tale: “From the time I could write my ABC’s, I’ve been writing little ‘books’ for my family and friends.” And so it was for me. I think I presented my mom with my first “book” when I was in pre-school. It had a cover design (tulips on a lawn, drawn by yours truly) and opened (like a book) to rows of carefully formed words of devotion for my mom and dad that culminated with “I love you.” The End.
I’ve tried to progress from there. Throughout my elementary and high school education, I found ways and reasons to hide out in the library, tipsy on the reading possibilities around, and writing, always writing diaries, essays, fiction stories, school news articles, poems, reviews, whatever! All that eventually led me to Virginia Tech, majoring in journalism and public relations. I was dead-set I’d either be an on-air reporter or a magazine writer. Either way, I was fascinated by people, places and most importantly, stories. But then a little birdie told me that journalists didn’t make a dime, and I started to think twice. After all, I had student loans to pay back! So on graduation, I took a job as a public relations coordinator at a chemical company in Richmond, Virginia. It put food on my table but didn’t exactly feed the soul. I spent my days doing technical writing and my nights writing fiction. In fact, I wrote a whole novel—gobbledygook, yes, but it showed me what I wanted to do for the rest of my life.
I applied to an MFA program at Old Dominion University near where my husband (fiancé at the time) was in medical school. I was ecstatic to be accepted and nervously quit my job to move to Norfolk, Virginia and join the unpaid, indebted graduate student ranks. I couldn’t have been happier. In that program, I met some of the most instrumental people of my life and wrote my first novel, The Time It Snowed In Puerto Rico.
Puerto Rico? People asked. Yes, Puerto Rico. Despite my transient childhood, I always felt my “home-home” was the one stable location where I had a majority of family on my mother’s side. Growing up, we’d fly to Puerto Rico once or twice a year. My grandparents lived and owned a farm in Aibonito, in the mountainous heart of the island. The farm had seen my grandfather plant beans and corn, my great-grandfather sugarcane, and my great-great grandfather tobacco. Land is as constant as it comes! And unlike my ever-changing military childhood, I could always count on the island, my people and their stories. So it was natural that my first novel be set in that rich, beautiful culture. My grandparents still live on the farm with a majority of my second-cousins, great-titis and tios, et cetera, spread from San Juan to Mayaguez.
So how did I end up in Texas? It just so happened that my husband and I graduated from our respective graduate programs the same year. He was at med school on an Army scholarship and so, off we went to Fort Bliss in El Paso, Texas, for his military residency. He’s a bone guy, an orthopedic doc. I get to hear a lot about fractures and splints and diabetic feet around the dinner table. And despite knowing him for nearly two decades, I still find him the most interesting, funniest man I’ve ever met. He sees me through long, dark days of writing for eight hours straight, my hair and teeth un-brushed, my face unwashed, the same stinky clothes for days, and he still calls me beautiful. Don’t ask me why—I’m a complete writing troll!
I wrote my second novel, The Baker’s Daughter, while living for nearly ten years in El Paso. It certainly served as inspiration. The Mapmaker’s Children, set in contemporary and Civil War West Virginia, released in 2015. My fourth historical novel based on the true story of authoress Hallie Erminie Rives and U.S. diplomat Post Wheeler released exclusively in French by Editions Michel Lafon in 2017. It is titled Le souffle des feuilles et des promesses (The Breath of Leaves and Promises).
My new novel Marilla of Green Gables releases from William Morrow/Harper Collins on October 23, 2018. ‘Like’ my Facebook Fan page for more info on that and what I’m doing today. I love chatting with my readers daily.
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