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Sadie Roach

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About Sadie Roach

Pianist and vocalist with 11+ years of experience performing. Specialises in jazz, blues and soul. Studied at Guildhall School of Music
Singing pianist
Cheltenham

Daughter of blues musician, Michael Roach, Sadie grew up in a musical environment entrenched in all styles of African American music. Sadie Roach is now 24 years old and has studied at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. First performing at 12 years old in front of her whole school, her parents were shocked to see their shy little girl, confidently sing and play ‘The Christmas Song’ by Nat King Cole with ease. Since then, she has performed and played locally and internationally at music festivals and prestigious venues such as the Tolpuddle Martyr’s Festival 2020, Hoogeven Blues Festival in Holland, Boisdale in Belgravia, London, the Ascot Racecourse and Cheltenham Racecourse to name a few. Her voice is often compared to the silky, luscious tones of Nancy Wilson, and Dinah Washington, and is known to bring audience members to tears during ballads that express a maturity in her voice well beyond her years. Once described as ‘the reincarnation of Nina Simone’, she always leaves her audience stunned. Sadie’s piano playing has been influenced by Horace Silver, Ramsey Lewis, and Ray Bryant giving her a strong blues sound that makes her stand out amongst the young pianists around today. Music critic, editor, and author, Bill Kopp (Musoscribe) called her “a fluid and soulful pianist”. Sadie released her first EP, ‘Hooked On Love’ at the age of 18, recording with Roger Inniss (Bass- Chaka Khan, Top of the Pops), Rod Youngs (Drums- Courteney Pine, Denys Baptiste) and Tim Cansfield (Guitar- Bee Gees, Steve Winwood, Elton John, Chaka Khan, Tina Turner, Whitney Houston, Seal). Her EP was featured on BBC Radio 6 in 2016 with Paul Jones and received raving reviews. Since then, she has recorded with her father, featured on his album, ‘Tryin’ Times’ which included her original song, ‘A Vote For Me’ and her arrangement of a blues song by Leadbelly, ‘Take This Hammer,’ which was also featured on BBC Radio 6 by Cerys Matthews. Her performance on the album has received incredible feedback and is continuously praised for her stunning vocals and piano playing by music critics and musicians alike. Moving away from her jazz influenced repertoire, Sadie’s sound has been honed over the years into what is now a unique, gritty soul/RnB sound, reviving and giving a fresh, modern take to the sounds of Curtis Mayfield, Isaac Hayes and the sound that really defined the Black power movement in the late 60s and early 70s. She is currently recording another EP which will be her introduction to the world of who she is now as a developing performing artist.

Musicianship
Genres:
Jazz, Blues, Motown, Soul
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Instruments:
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Event types:
Private event, Wedding, Virtual event, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Corporate event, Charity event, Concert, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Cruise, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Instrumental teaching
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Song list

Soul:
Baby Let Me Be Good To You Carla Thomas
Little Bitty Girl Gladys Tyler
Funny How Time Slips Away Joe Hinton
I Wish I Knew How Nina Simone
Nobody's Fault But Mine Nina Simone
Five Women Nina Simon
Trouble Man Marvin Gaye
At Last Etta James
So In Love Al Green
What's Going On Trouble Man
Harvest For the World The Isley Brothers
For the Love of You The Isley Brothers
I Say a Little Prayer Aretha Franklin
For All We Know Donny Hathaway
Someday We'll All Be Free Donny Hathaway
Many, many more songs in my repertoire I have not listed here.
Jazz/ Blues
Mr Bojangles Sammy Davis Jr
Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out
Is You Is or Is You Ain't My Baby Dinah Washington
September In the Rain Dinah Washington
What a Difference a Day Makes Dinah Washington
The Masquerade Is Over Nancy Wilson
Days of Wine and Roses
In a Sentimental Mood
The Very Thought of You Nancy Wilson
Here's to Life by Shirley Horn
Many more songs in my repertoire I have not listed here.
Solo Piano
Beautiful Love
All Blues by Miles Davis
So What by Miles Davis
Freddie Freeloader by Miles Davis
Sonrisa by Herbie Hancock
Sister Sadie by Horace Silver
Song for My Father by Horace Silver
Stick With It by Ray Bryant
Many more...
Originals
Take This Hammer
A Vote For Me
Hooked On Love
We're Moving On
Let's Get Closer
Christmas
The Christmas Song by Nat King Cole
This Christmas by Donny Hathaway
I'll Be Home For Christmas by Al Green
Can learn requested songs in advance
Customer questions

What if my timings change after I've booked you?

I always try my best to be flexible to help ensure the event runs as smoothly as possible. If timings change slightly in the run up to the event just let me know.

Can you provide an iPod/DJ service before and between your sets?

No

How much time do you need to set up?

1 hour

If I have a piano at my venue, are you happy to perform on that?

Yes, of course - as long as the piano is in working order and in tune, then I'm happy to play on it!

Can I pick the songs you play from the set list?

My set lists are crafted from countless performances and learning what works best to ensure the audience has an amazing time. However, I'm definitely happy to chat through and make sure to find what works best for the event.

Are you able to bring your own piano or keyboard?

Yes I can

Can you learn song requests before the event?

If there is a special song you'd like me to learn I am happy to do this for you. There is a fee of £30 for this service to take into account the time it will take for me to learn it.

Prices

Note: prices may vary based on travel distance. For an exact quote, click “Check availability”.

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Short performance (up to 15 min)£250
Up to 1 hour£250
Up to 2 hours£350
Up to 3 hours£350

Reviews

From customers:

Music (, 2 years ago

“A fluid and soulful pianist”.

Lewisloves.com, 4 years ago

"Her modern take on soul, jazz, rhythm and blues will be a great warm up to get you in the mood for the Cheltenham Jazz Festival." Sadie Roach trio listed no.1 must see gig in Cheltenham Jazz Festival 'Around Town' gigs 2017