Emine Sari was born in a small city in Turkey and studied piano and foreign languages in order to fulfill her dream of becoming an international artist. Since her debut was released in 2008, Emine has won and been nominated in countless awards. Some health problems forced her to move to Japan, where she entered the Japanese version of “American Idol” and become the only foreign singer who made it to the final. Now, she plays the piano, sings in 6 different languages and is a European cultural ambassador!
You can very rarely go wrong with Emine Sari. On her offerings you get her smooth, yet smoky and sultry vocals. You get her wise playing; practically every ingredient needed for magic is here and magic is indeed what you get.
Not much else needs to be said. Established fans will already know what she’s about and I guess all interested parties need know is that if you’re looking for a relaxing but inspirational vocal pop-jazz or even ethnic performance, you need look no further. You might also want to check out some of her other recordings like “Why” (Russian), “Welcome To Bursa” (Arabic), “Seni Ozmelek” (Turkish) or “I Changed My Mind” all of which I think are brilliant.
But it’s on the cover of Radiohead’s “Creep” and on “Who Are You” that Emine Sari displays her jazzy influences. She continues to stay among the top female vocalists performing today, with her understated elegance of phrasing, her piano playing, and her sapient interpretation of the music she loves.
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Emine’s voice is lush and her arrangements are superb. A singer knows, it’s all in the delivery, and Emine can really deliver her lyrics with passion. She is a must for anyone who loves easy listening music. For me, Emine’s musical catalog has got the perfect balance of sweet songs and upbeat rhythms and it all just flows. There’s nothing better than a collection of songs that flows effortlessly.
Besides her smooth and sultry voice, her technical ability on piano surpasses many female players out there, and her groove within the different song arrangements she performs on, is always in the pocket. She displays more and more versatility with every recording she releases. And “Who Are You” is no exception to the rule.
Emine Sari is for real. Not just another pretty face. She is one talented woman. She tells a story with every song, and she tells it in many languages too! Emine’s songs are a mix of jazz, blues and pop, with rootsy ethnic interpretations also included in her unusual repertoire.
Most people experience a wide range of emotions in their lives, and it is exciting, moving and engaging to encounter songs that mirror their feelings. Emine Sari has the sensibility and the musical talent to deliver these songs. Her music releases evidence the continuing broadening of the emotional range that her voice can convey.
Jazz has always combined the capacities for deep appreciation of the past and openness to new directions. Emine Sari has captured those qualities on “Who Are You”.
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