"Sarah-Jane has a voice that can excite shivers of passion and delight ... Soaring, swooping, sensual and sophisticated, this voice is more than a style, it's a force of nature ... Torch song, soul standard or smoky blues, the message remains constant: human passion with a dazzling voice." The Observer
"A performer of world class status ... forceful and with an enviable technique, he takes the guitar to new levels of expression combining its melodic powers with dramatic percussive effects. Forcione boldly goes where no guitarist has gone before and the results are quite spectacular ... miss him at your peril". The Stage on Antonio Forcione
Since Sarah-Jane Morris topped the charts with The Communards cover of Don't Leave Me This Way in 1986, she has charted a compelling musical course beyond the mainstream including collaborations with symphony orchestras and all-cello ensembles, as well as appearances on both music and theatre stages performing politically inspired songs and jazz inflected songs of social injustice.
With this new album, Sarah- Jane teams up with the guitar artistry of world- renowned Antonio Forcione, producing a compelling, unique and haunting album. Together they have each been compared to an impressive array of musical geniuses including Janice Joplin and Tom Waits (vocally) as well as Jimi Hendrix (instrumentally) - a comparison Antonio wears with pride. But Sarah-Jane and Antonio are both great artists in their own right and share audiences all over the world. They also exude a wonderful chemistry when performing together.
Compared To What is the result of this fruitful and varied songwriting collaboration. It covers a number of traumatic social issues and many songs of emotional intensity, which reflect the urgent concern both artists feel for the tragedy of refugees. Alongside the songs of conscience, the album includes some wry comedy, love songs and some memorable covers, notably Stevie Wonder, Bob Dylan and The Police's classic Message In A Bottle.
Compared To What touches heights of great musical beauty both in Antonio's unique virtuoso guitar playing and Sarah-Jane's legendary octave- spanning voice, now more subtle and persuasive than ever, with range and power undiminished. This show is a triumph of collaboration between two of the most individual and richly talented musicians on the world stage.