Sara Anastasia

Sara Anastasia

BandPop

Sara offers the fruit of an already rich life. This seductive and disarming Chilo-American singer, known internationally for her successes with pop duo Sky has matured and is now putting forth her own creations, languorously blending the scent of the sea with the free speech of American storytellers

Biography

Tell me where you are from, and I’ll tell you who you are… Of course, we are not the sum of our past, but, in Sara Anastasia’s case, her family’s history resonates with the present. Her father, born in New York, was the son of second-generation Jewish immigrants with roots in Lithuania, Poland and Mongolia. He sidestepped Vietnam due to poor health. Being young, he heads to Montreal to complete his studies in psychology at McGill. However, his greatest legacy to his adopted home would be the natural food store known today as “Mission santé Thuy” in Outremont. One day in the mid ’70s, a young Chilean political refugee enters the store. A lovely story begins into which Sara Anastasia would soon appear.

From her mother, fascinated with art and theatre, Sara Anastasia inherited a passion for reading. In the family library, Oscar Wilde rubbed shoulders with Kafka, Nietzsche, Isabelle Allende... Ballet was also on the program. From the age of three, Sara Anastasia threw herself into dance, eventually joining les Grands ballets canadiens at age 10, where she danced for three years.

While visiting Chile, she made a discovery that would change her life. The manager of a theatre where she was taking classes heard her singing. Entranced, he revealed to her the great treasure she held within: her voice. A voice that has never ceases to grow and draw nourishment from the many currents of her life.

Several periods of musical exploration and travel follow, in Southeast Asia, Australia, Central America and Costa Rica. It was in Costa Rica that this lover of the sea discovers another great passion — surfing!

On return to Montreal, now in her early 20s, Sara Anastasia’s calling becomes clear. This was the era of funk shows at the Sofa bar on Rachel Street. This was also when she joined Sky, a pop group that would enjoy considerable success.

Michel Bélanger, of Disques Audiogram, catches wind of her. In the summer of 2003, Sara Anastasia became a chorister for Daniel Bélanger, a major turning point in her life. It was at this time that she met Carl Bastien, who had her listen to his brand new album Extra lovin’. She was completely blown away. “That’s the guy!” she told herself, convinced she had found the person who would guide her creative path.

Time would prove her right. A few months later, she began working seriously with Carl Bastien, who produced the album that would later appear from this collaboration. At this time Jeff Buckley, Ani Di Franco, Jack Johnson, Damien Rice and Feist were all spinning through Sara Anastasia’s mind, shaping the sound that would later become her own.

At the beginning of 2006, wanderlust struck again, Sara Anastasia hits the road for a three-week vacation, turned into several months. Costa Rica, Panama, England, the Netherlands, France... Her life becomes a blur of surfing, reading, writing and compelling friendships. She reflects on her place in the world and on her music. This leads her to her find a title for her new album, two small words that represent the passage of her youth: Full circle.

Today, Sara Anastasia offers us the fruit of an already rich life, music she herself qualifies as “Western Hawaiian”, blending the scent of the sea with the free speech of American storytellers. Like ripples on water, the songs of Full circle cross paths, their amorous and friendly chance meanderings straying in seemingly random directions only to meet again, leisurely tracing the great circle of life.