Sarah Lentz

Sarah Lentz

BandPopAdult Contemporary

Sarah Lentz is "imbued with a voice of more range and expression than her peers and lyrical talent far beyond her years (and) combines this with strong songwriting, sparkling production and intelligent, understated piano"- Daniel Cohen, Verbosity.org

Biography

Sarah Lentz is a songwriter's songwriter. She crafts songs whose constituent elements—lyrics and music—are strong and able on their own. But when brought together these elements are lifted into a realm where things are in flux, where tonality and heartbreak are searching for resolve and where what you see is what you get…until you hit that killer bridge where the narrative voices invert, rhythmic progressions are bent to the breaking point and sweetness couldn't be any sweeter until it rips your face off.

Sarah Lentz is a singer's singer. Her voice has a timber and range that equals a well-played viola, you know that strange little hybrid number that is neither a cello nor a violin but has the stormy, tragic power of the one and the soaring, triumphant majesty of the other. Sarah has the ability to whisper sweet optimism in her baby's ear but also power through a dirge that keeps the speakers buzzing for hours. Her voice is a voice that knows confidently what it is doing at all times, is generously offered without reserve, seeks to connect to the deep truths of existence and somehow comes up with that connection every time. Sarah Lentz is, yep—a singer/songwriter's singer/songwriter…and for as awkward and cumbersome as that term might read, it is a territory that few in Sarah Lentz's field can so comfortably and confidently occupy.

Sarah moved to New York City by way of Nashville by way of Pittsburgh seeking her fortune and more importantly musical comradeship to help her explore her ideas and ambitions. Her road professionally and personally has been a bumpy one. But through and in the midst of living life well and bravely, Sarah's vision and determination has remained true and unwavering, self-releasing two studio records and one Christmas record, fighting and defeating a debilitating autoimmune disease, risking financial suicide by marrying a visual artist and making a life and a family in NYC despite many other cheaper and easier towns in which to do so.

Sarah is extremely pleased to announce the release and celebration of her newest studio recording titled Begin Again that was funded by the faith and support of her fans. Begin Again, beautifully recorded by Emmy award winning Christopher Koch and mastered by Grammy award winning Mark Winter, is a robust collection of songs that keep moving, one after the other, into the territory of their own making. In these songs, there is a searching Sarah is engaged with that operates on every level. Lyrically, there is a searching for love, for peace, for permanence…for the real. But deeper and more complicated, this searching is mirrored musically through stylistic and formal shifts. We see Sarah's clear mind exploring and mining musical forms…making them her own, causing them to speak as she would have them speak, sound as she would have them sound, mean what she would have them mean. There is searching on this beautifully honed record but there is also a sense of finding—finding peace, finding resolve…or at least the hope for peace, the hope for resolve…and it is this hope that is the fulcrum upon which one can truly Begin Again.

Lyrics

By Your Side

Written By: Sarah Lentz

The moon came out tonight, it's been a long time.
For me to step outside can take a while.
You were first to come to mind, it's been a long time.
Courage under fire can take a while.

And the only place to find all I need is by your side. By your side.

And I wait for the sun to rise. Hope can take it's own sweet time.
I pray to Jesus as my guide.
That's been a long time. Courage under fire can take a while.

And the only place to find all I need is by your side. By your side.

Everywhere I run I find you.
Everywhere I try to hide.
Everywhere I run I find you.
Everywhere I try to hide.

And the only place to find all I need is by your side. By your side. By your side.

For Love

Written By: Sarah Lentz

Darkness falls on my shoulder.
I feel small; you make me bolder.
And I like how your kisses smell.
No one knows; they can’t tell.

And it’s starting to feel like we’re getting older.
These are the years of being a soldier for our love, for our love.

A thousand lives are inside me.
You and I could make one happy.
But we are a generation still at war with no salvation.

And it’s starting to feel that this world is soon over.
These are the years of being a soldier for love, for love.

Sunrise comes to my morning.
I feel numb, but our love keeps me going.

Jericho

Written By: Sarah Lentz

And then the walls of Jericho fell.
Everyone said it was their own version of hell.
The sun kept shining like an ordinary day.
And all the piles and puddles still remain.

The birds up in the sky had no where left to land.
And ladders fell from heaven to give a helping hand.
And now the world thinks everything's back in its place.
But all the piles and puddles still remain.

Amazing grace how sweet the sound.
It's been a long time since I heard that in this town.
I once was lost but now I'm found.
But what about the others left to drown?

And then the walls of Jericho fell.
Everyone said it was their own version of hell.
The sun kept shining like an ordinary day.
But all the piles and puddles still remain.
All those piles and puddles still remain.
They built the wall but the flood remains.

Killer Bee

Written By: Sarah Lentz

You’re a killer bee when you said that to me making me feel so uneasy.
And there are stars neatly aligned making us feel more unkind.
So just go...
And there are killer bees all inside me drawing their swords, tongues dividing.
So just go...
There might be solutions, but let’s try for absolution.
And don’t go...
Helicopter lifting off of her spinning around, please don’t make another sound.

Be Still

Written By: Sarah Lentz


Be Still
a psalm of lament

Everyone’s in their corner. They’ve been voted in.
It feels good to be you, you always win.
It’s time for the hour. Time for reckoning.
They’ve got all the power and they’re using it.
But you’ll lose it.

Oh won’t you please come down?
Won’t you just say something now?

Patience is a virtue, but time’s tocking ticking.
Where’s the moral of this story? I’m losing it.
Will my life pass over without knowing how this bastard get what’s coming to him?

Won’t You please come down?
Won’t You just say something now?

And You say be, be still.... And You say be, be still....

Mirror, mirror, mirror fairest of them all are you casting stones upon yourself at all?
I’m just so tired of all this cruelty.
And sitting on this shelf’s not what I dreamed I’d be.

Won’t You please come down?
Won’t You just say something?
Won’t You please come down?
Won’t You just say something now?

And You say be, be still.... and you say be, be still....

Set Free

Written By: Sarah Lentz

Set Free

You never asked for anything. I never heard you complaining.
You drove to work all of those years all alone behind the steering wheel.

Patience has made you old and wise. Youth brought you war and a new wife.
But still by yourself at dinner time you wonder how you got this life.

Hush little baby don’t you cry. Papa will sing you a lullaby.
And then you will be, then you will be, then you will be set free.

And now the bills they don’t get paid. Who ever thought it’d still be this way?
Company policy closed the door. No place for loyalty anymore.

Hush little baby don’t say a word. Papa has got you a mockingbird.
And then you will be, then you will be, then you will be set free.
And then you will be, then you will be, then you will be set free.

Hush little baby don’t you cry. Papa will sing you a lullaby.
And then you will be, then you will be, then you will be set free.
And then you will be, then you will be, then you will be set free.

Set Free

Written By: Sarah Lentz

Set Free

You never asked for anything. I never heard you complaining.
You drove to work all of those years all alone behind the steering wheel.

Patience has made you old and wise. Youth brought you war and a new wife.
But still by yourself at dinner time you wonder how you got this life.

Hush little baby don’t you cry. Papa will sing you a lullaby.
And then you will be, then you will be, then you will be set free.

And now the bills they don’t get paid. Who ever thought it’d still be this way?
Company policy closed the door. No place for loyalty anymore.

Hush little baby don’t say a word. Papa has got you a mockingbird.
And then you will be, then you will be, then you will be set free.
And then you will be, then you will be, then you will be set free.

Hush little baby don’t you cry. Papa will sing you a lullaby.
And then you will be, then you will be, then you will be set free.
And then you will be, then you will be, then you will be set free.

Discography

No Going Home (2000)
Eveything's All Right (indie, 2002) (Engemics, 2004)
My Christmas Carols (2004)
Begin Again (2009)