Sascha Osborn is a London based singer songwriter of reflective tender songs, who blends her cocktail of influences seamlessly dancing between 'folk' and 'jazz' worlds, utilising these colours to express narratives of relationships and evocations of life experience.
Her debut album, ‘Looking Out And After’released 26.10.18 recorded and produced by Patrick Wood, has received airplay on BBC Radio Scotland, BBC Radio 6 Music and extremely positive acclaim. ‘An excellent and surprising album. Retro feel in places and contemporary in others, but always achingly hip and sophisticated’ Northern Sky Magazine. ’Opens in a dreamlike reverie that recalls Joni Mitchell’s Hejira album’ RnR Magazine.
Passionate about music and singing for as long as she can remember Sascha grew up to the sounds of Maria Callas, Jacqueline Du Pre, Benjamin Britten, Billie Holiday, Buddy Holly and BBC Radio 2's Sounds of the 60's. Moving to Sheffield in 1991, she discovered a world of folk music, electronica and neo-soul and for a few years sang in a local band and worked with various musicians and producers on a range of projects.
In 2008 she relocated to London. Keen to continue in music, Sascha joined a contemporary choir and a gospel choir and then stumbled upon jazz. Newly inspired she started studying jazz harmony, discovered new songs, new musicians and a love for ECM artists.
In September 2012 Sascha had to take six-month break from singing, however unexpectedly this proved to be a catalyst in finding her stylistic voice. Unable to sing, she listened to mountains of music and started writing songs on the guitar and singing melodies in her head. Engaging further in song writing, she found support and confidence enabling her to connect her love of jazz harmonies, soulful melodies and descriptive lyric to create her sound; through losing her voice, she found her stylistic voice.
Following fuller engagement in song writing, she released her debut five-track EP ‘Love Finds You’ on 14.9.15, recorded and produced by Patrick Wood, a defining moment: ‘My pencil sketches became watercolours, an amazing experience.’
Further developing Sascha’s distinctive sound and influences, her debut album, ‘Looking Out and After’ introduces the musical personalities of the talented Patrick Wood (guitars, Rhodes, Wurlitzer, piano) Roy Dodds (drums and percussion) and Simon Edwards (double and electric bass.)
The album was launched at the intimate and beautiful St. Pancras Old Church, London 29.10.18 playing with full band Andy Hamill on double bass, electric bass and harmonica, Justin Woodward on drums, percussion and vibes and Patrick Wood on electric guitar and Wurlitzer.
Sascha is currently touring the UK, playing a range of gigs, solo, with band as a trio or as a duo with Andy Hamill on double bass, bass guitar and harmonica.