Rachael Sage has a new album out in the summer, Character which is released on Friday 24th July via MPress records. She spoke with The Fountain about the new record as well as her plans for the remainder of the year.

TF: You have a new album out, what inspired you to title it Character?

My current album is called Character because I wrote it while recovering from cancer in 2018, and inevitably, my health odyssey took me to a very internal place, where I had the time and the inclination to really examine what it meant to be a person of character. I saw so many inspiring examples of doctors, nurses and fellow patients managing to harness the very best of themselves under extreme duress, and of course, I did my best to do the same. The title track takes the question of defining character to a more political place, while other songs throughout the record approach the concept from a wide range of perspectives, that hopefully inspire more questions in the listener.

TF How would you sum it up in one sentence? 

Character is an album about finding your way from a place of overwhelm, darkness and fear to a place of empowerment, faith and groundedness; it was fueled by my cancer experience, but ultimately it’s a universal musical meditation on both physical and spiritual forms of resilience. 

TF: Who do you look to and idolise when it comes to influences? 

My favorite songwriters are those who manage to tell stories that are both entirely familiar and lyrically inventive – while of course, luring you in with a great melody. Early influences included Buddy Holly, Carole King, Elvis Costello, Suzanne Vega, Kris Kristofferson, Howard Jones, Sinead O’Connor, Loreena McKennitt, Crowded House and Maria McKee. More recent inspirations would include Passenger, Hozier, JP Hoe, and Beth Hart.

TF: What is your plan for the remainder of the year, after this release?

My plans have all been a bit upended, like most of my peers’, with pending tours being cancelled as we wait for things to calm down. Obviously I am not going to be reckless and put myself or others in harm’s way to try to implement plans of a few months back, before things went so crazy. Big picture: I am hoping to tour the album more both in the UK and US, and then record a new album of spoken word/jazz compositions I’ve been working on lately. I’ll also be continuing to support other artists on my label MPress Records, and we have several new records in the works, including full albums by Grace Pettis and A Fragile Tomorrow.