SARAH HILTZ is expanding the contemporary Canadian folk tradition with her latest album, Beauty in the Blue, a compilation of songs and stories culled from her multiple journeys across Canada as a travelling musician on cross-country Via Rail passenger train, “The Canadian”. Co-produced by Sarah and Kevin Howley (Running Red Lights), Beauty in the Blue sounds like the soundtrack to a country-wide journey-- lush, nuanced vocals and jazz-influenced songwriting are complimented by a highly sensitive rhythm section and stand-out guitar work provided by Sarah’s long-term collaborators, drummer Jordan Michaelis and multi-instrumentalist David Puzak. (click for long bio)
Praise for Beauty In The Blue
"Quietly uplifting and invigoratingly hopeful, Hiltz gives a much-needed reminder that everything eventually works out as it should. Her proficiency of many genres comes through in the album, ranging from bossa nova rhythms to Joni Mitchell vocal inflections. The lyrics are poignant, giving off a soft resonance. Instead of singing over an acoustic guitar for the entire album (as many singer-songwriters do), she experiments with overlapping instrumentation for colourful harmonies and percussion details. It’s as vibrant as her personality, serene, and optimistic despite all hardships — past and present."
“A true showcase of Hiltz’s talent as an arranger & vocalist. Beauty drips from the gorgeous melodies, inviting the listener into her point of view. A place we’ll likely stay all day.”
“Her optimism and folksy splendour radiates above all else.”
“She is a singular talent whose voice is very much her own.”