Michelle Sarah will release her debut single “Truth” on Color Red on Friday, August 28th. The commanding, heart-felt track features DJ Williams (Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Shots Fired), Eric Imbrociano, Eric Luba, Tim Philpott, and a tight-knit horn section. “Truth” will lead the charge for her upcoming album produced by Steve Berlin of Los Lobos.
“Truth” reminds us that we have the power to rise and focus on what serves the heart and soul—it creates a better situation for everyone. Berlin’s acute sense of production in tandem with Michelle’s eloquent songwriting prowess helped craft the track into a carefully honed foundation of wah-wah guitar vamps, committed horn punches, and pocket grooves to allow her commanding vocals to soar. Lyrically, Michelle speaks to not giving your soul away to make ends meet and how we often find ourselves distracted from what is most important in life. “The message is that we all need love to survive. We need to recognize our oneness and stand up for what’s right. The verses talk about how we all get caught up behind our ‘masks.’ At the time, I meant the proverbial mask, but now, that can take a whole new meaning actually having to wear masks all over the world now,” she reflects on the song’s meaning.
No stranger to the national music circuit, Michelle Sarah is a powerful singer and songwriter known for her explosive vocals, relentless creative energy, and dynamic blend of soul and funk. Born in Toronto and raised in Guyana and the United States, her musical foundation was forged in the church and is rooted in gospel influence that shines through during each of her performances. With her powerful voice and stunning stage presence at the forefront, Michelle Sarah has earned high praise from countless musicians and her ever-growing fan base.
Michelle moved to Denver in 2017 and quickly planted her roots. She found herself drawn to the city with a rich music scene and creative renaissance and hit the ground running to form her all-star band and take part in artist-at-large engagements at ARISE Music Festival and beyond. Both Denver and cultivating a catalog of her original music felt like exactly what she needed to be doing. After Michelle assembled the band and put took the project on the road, Berlin stepped in on the producer seat and help the group hone in on their sound and take time in the process. The album was a year in the making that Michelle did not want to rush and yearned to embrace the process every step of the way. “I wanted it to feel perfect like the best work I've done to date and I wanted to take my time making it. I feel like I accomplished that in a big way,” she reflects.
Michelle Sarah teamed up with Color Red, the music platform and record label founded by Eddie Roberts of The New Mastersounds to release and distribute the album. Her soulful vocals and high-powered band were a perfect fit for the label’s catalog of funk and soul music with a mission to release high-quality original music on a regular basis.