"bold, beautiful, and impossible to ignore"
Sarah Caltieri is an award-winning singer/songwriter/recording artist/actor from Leeds in the UK, currently making her mark on the global music scene. As well as writing her own material and collaborating with other artists within a wide variety of genres, Sarah has also fronted 5 bands. She has performed in intimate and large-scale venues across the UK which includes several leading singing roles within stage plays including Lucy Brown in Threepenny Opera by Bertolt Brecht. Sarah has performed on live radio and national television including GMTV's Lorraine and Scotland's STV Live at 5. She has also had her recordings broadcast on independent & FM radio stations worldwide and featured on national television.
Pushing boundaries against all odds…
The journey to fully-fledged recording artist has not been an easy one. Whilst pursuing her recording and acting career, Sarah lost most of her vision at age 23, through type 1 Diabetes, as a result of a common diabetic eating disorder (EDMT1) from her late teens. Rather than allowing this to stop her, Sarah says her "enlightening experience" actually helped to propel herself to keep pushing forward and moving towards her dreams. Growing up she was fortunate enough to be surrounded by an eclectic range of influences which seeps through in her genre-defying sound. Inspired by acts like Jimmy Hendrix, Little Richard, The Beatles, John Lennon, Oasis, Patti Smith, she leans more in a pop and rock direction. When Sarah was 11, she performed her first live solo singing Freddie Mercury's “Bohemian Rhapsody” in front of her whole school as part of a concert.
Her sound is unmistakable, fusing a powerful, angelic voice to raw, guitar-fuelled instrumentation. She is influenced by a wide range of artists from different cultures, making her style difficult to pigeonhole, though often combines a soulful delivery with an untamed expressive attitude. Some of Sarah’s songs from her album often touch on subjects of overcoming hardship and going against the odds, serving as the perfect soundtrack for anyone going through the trials and tribulations of life. She’s known for pushing boundaries with her music and going to extreme lengths to capture the perfect sound for each track. To date, she’s put out a handful of self-released music that has seen her grow a steady following worldwide. Her career truly kicked off when her life story was broadcast on BAFTA award winning documentary series Picking up the Pieces by Channel 4's Cutting Edge telling the story of Sarah's musical career whilst rehabilitating herself through losing a lot of her physical vision.
Her song 'Higher than Before' was used as the theme tune for the main credits and over a million viewers tuned in to watch as it was pick of the week in all major media publications. The song was re-worked and re-recorded with triple platinum award winning Duncan Cameron for her debut album 'Something I Couldn't Say' and Sarah decided to release this as a single in 2021 as she felt the subject matter resonated with what was happening around the world as a result of Covid-19 (the song is about keeping hopeful through challenging times). The single launch was accompanied with the HTB Wish Challenge at the end of 2020. The challenge was to write a dream or a wish on a paper aeroplane and throw it out of your windows to try and end the year on a more positive note. After collaborating in 3 pop rock bands and recording 2 EP's with 2 electronic duos, Sarah's co-written and co-produced track with her then band Vintage Marmalade released a single 'The Road' in 2015. This was used for a Parliamentary campaign in Scotland's Holyrood with SMP Dennis Robertson and Charity Dwed to raise awareness of the serious complications of EDMT1. In 2014 Sarah started to work on her solo debut album 'Something I Couldn't Say' at Glasgow's Riverside Music Complex with triple platinum award winning Duncan Cameron and guitarist Johnny Cameron. The album took over a year to record and produce and was remixed and remastered in 2016 with Graham Young at Chamber Studios in Edinburgh. The first single from the album 'No More Tears' reached the top 20 of Australia's Valley FM's Indie chart within 3 weeks of its release. The second single ‘If I Said’ reached record of the week on Wolfman Radio and subsequently the first release of 'Something I Couldn't Say' also reached record of the week on Wolfman Radio in 2017. Sarah put an 8 piece band together to promote the record around Scotland for a year where she was based at the time. 'Something I Couldn't Say' was well received by independent radio stations and reviewers worldwide.
Unstoppable and unperturbed by obstacles
Sarah took a short break from recording and releasing music after moving to London, but subsequently was involved in an accident resulting in a head injury (which she is now completely fully recovered from). Something I Couldn't Say was released digitally in January 2021 followed by new single 'Reflections' which has been well received by independent radio stations internationally. She has recently finished co-producing her second single of the year 'Yesterdays' with Simon Bradshaw who recently co-wrote songs for SHINee’s hit album – Don’t Call Me. The single is planned to be released by the end of July 2021.
“From opening track till last, was hooked, truly a legend”
(Camglen Radio 107.9 FM : Jamie Heaney)
“Independence rules this spirit”
"Amazing and very inspiring..."
(Radio Saltire : Katie G)
“Sarah Caltieri is something of a divine talent on the up.
The Award-winning singer/actor has built something of a portfolio
with her increasing array of capabilities.”
(Rockstar Poet / Rockstar Blog : Ansel Manderson )
"Sarah Caltieri is a legend in the making, actually she already is!"
(Join Up Dots : David Ralph)
Magazine & Newspaper Articles 2003 - 2020
Magazine & Newspaper Extracts 2003 - 2020
If I Said Photoshoot - July 2017
(Bat audio: These are images of Sarah's promo photoshoot for If I Said. There are 8 pictures altogether with 3 rows of images.
The image in the first row is a picture of the cover of the single If I Said on a vintage style background where Sarah is sitting in the doorway of a caravan leaning forward with her left hand resting on her right elbow. Sarah is looking very happy and excited. Her hair sits just below her ears and is dark brown in colour with a few striking blue streaks. She is wearing a printed cream dress with different shades of brown circular and blocked lined shapes on it. She has turquoise blue tights on with brown studded boots. Sarah is wearing what looks like a round wooden ring on the middle finger of her right hand. On her left wrist she is wearing a brown shell-like bangle. To the left of the caravan entrance on the ground is a vintage style radio cassette player. On the caravan is written the title If I Said and further down Sarah Caltieri. The second image of the first row is a headshot of Sarah where just her left shoulder of her purple coat with a cozy, black furry collar is seen. Her head is turned slightly to the left and her mouth slightly open with her hair flowing in the wind. You can see a subtle hint of her turquoise blue eye shadow too. The third image in the first row shows Sarah in the same cream and brown patterned dress as in the first image, but she is now standing up right with her right hand resting on the back of the caravan. This is a side profile image of Sarah with her hair gently sitting alongside her face clearly showing her gorgeous blue streak. Bright sunshine is reflecting off the caravan and the leaves on the branch of the tree just slightly in front of where Sarah is standing. The first image of the 2nd row shows Sarah in the glamorous purple coat again sitting down in an open space with long grass, with her back leaning against a tree. Both her hands are running through her hair and she has a gorgeous smile on her face. The bright rays of the sunshine are reflecting on Sarah’s face and the blades of long grass all around her. The second image of the 2nd row shows Sarah in the cream and brown patterned dress this time standing up and walking towards the camera with the caravan behind her. Sarah has her hands clasped and is holding a feather which is white, but has a black tip. The wind is blowing Sarah's hair slightly into her face making the blue streak in her hair clearly visible. The 3rd and final image in this row shows Sarah in her purple coat again this time sitting inside the caravan with her head turned slightly to the right gazing out of the window. Her left leg is slightly propped up while her right leg rests on the floor with her hands resting in her lap. On the counter in front of Sarah is the same vintage radio cassette player that was featured on the cover picture. In the last row there are two images the first one features Sarah in her stunning, infamous purple coat. Sarah's head is turned slightly to the left with her mouth slightly open. Her right hand is resting on her fluffy black collar, whilst her fingers touch the base of her hairline. Her blue streak shows a bit more clearly on the left-hand side of her head. The background of this image is a hazy effect which gives this picture of Sarah a beautiful glow. The final image is of Sarah in her cream and brown patterned dress sitting in the doorway of the caravan again. The photographer has captured a beautiful image as there are blurred out leaves in front of the actual picture of Sarah whilst she is leaning backwards with her head resting against the doorway and her left hand resting in her lap with her left leg stretched out in front of her and her right leg slightly bent.)
No More Tears Promo Shoot
These images show Sarah sitting down performing she is in two different outfits but her face has been made up the same in each image. The first top left hand image is of Sarah's cover picture and is written Sarah Caltieri and underneath the title No More Tears. Sarah is wearing a beautiful purple buttoned coat with a fluffy black thick collar. In all the images Sarah’s hair is dark brown in colour and is sits just below her ears. It is styled in a large quiff, held together with clips on the sides. Sarah's makeup is done superbly! She has part of a purple star covering her right eye with a small Purple Heart just under her left eye. She is wearing red hot lips to match her stunning purple glitter eye makeup. The two images to the right of the first one shows Sarah in a fiery red blazer jacket sitting down holding her guitar while singing into a microphone. She has an a sparkly chunky necklace that contrasts well with her stylish suite jacket. The fourth image across show Sarah in the same fiery red jacket as the images before but now we see her black leather trousers while she is sitting cross legged playing her guitar. Sarah has on some stunning, glitzy stilettos. In this same image we see a few of the other band members, a guy playing the guitar and a lady playing the keyboard. They are both dressed in black. Next image below we see Sarah in the same seated position but from a different angle. The first of the last three images we see Sarah back in hey purple coat this time smiling whilst talking into the microphone. The next image shows Sarah in her seated position in her red suit jacket and the other image she is standing in the same outfit whilst still singing into the microphone.
Something I Couldn't Say Promoshoot - Scotland 2016-2018
(Bat audio: These are a mixture of images from the promo of Something I Couldn't Say which took place in Scotland between 2016-2018. The first image shows four musicians all dressed in Halloween outfits standing in front of a red wall and door. The first lady is Sarah who is in a pirate's outfit which is velvety black with 3 gold lines across the front separated by a red tied corset in front. The tip of her white sleeve is showing. Sarah has on a golden plaited wig and is wearing a black heart shaped eye patch. The lady next to Sarah is in a witch’s outfit. She has on a black witch’s hat and a green long sleeve flowing patterned dress with drapes of grey netting attached to it. The next halloween outfit that we see is a lady wearing a white long sleeve dress with a black netted skirt over the bottom half of the dress. She is wearing a curly white wig which looks like a judge's wig and has on a white painted face with pink eye shadow around her eyes and some red lipstick coming off the side of her lip. The final halloween outfit is worn by a very talented violinist. She is wearing a leopard print thigh lengthened dress with a black mid-riff cardigan. She has on black cat ears, a black choker and has whiskers drawn on her face. The image next to this one is of Sarah sitting on a stool on stage whilst playing her guitar in her pirate's outfit. The images below the first 2 shows all the equipment on stage. It shows an overall view of an amp, 3 microphone stands, a drum kit and a guitar. The image next to this one shows Sarah in a different outfit in what looks like a white long sleeve top with a woman's image on the front and a heart with the word love written in it. Sarah is wearing a glittery eye-patch on her right eye and is singing into a microphone. There is a smoky mist with purple lighting behind Sarah. The next image below the top two shows Sarah back in her pirate's outfit but this time trying to pull a scary face with her mouth open. She is standing in front of the red door again, but this time next to a man dressed as count Dracula with a red, velvet waistcoat, black tied ribbon tied in a half bow and a Dracula cape. He has a white powdered face and red line replicating blood dripping from the side of his mouth. The next image shows the full band on stage with the Ghostbusters image on the projector. All the artists are playing their respective instruments. The lady in leopard print is playing her violin, a guy dressed as the grim reaper is playing a guitar, a man dressed as a gorilla is playing the drums, the lady in the white wig is standing next to one of the microphones and Sarah is in her pirate’s outfit whilst holding her guitar in her left hand and the microphone in her right whilst singing.)