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For Immediate Release
January 10, 2020
mpress records

Rachael Sage Releases Cover Of
Ani DiFranco's "Both Hands"

First Single From Forthcoming Album "Character"

Announces 33-Date Tour Supporting Howard Jones

both hands
photo credit: Bill Bernstein

Watch the Video / Listen to “Both Hands”


Rachael Sage has released the first single from her forthcoming album Character: a string quartet version of the classic Ani DiFranco song "Both Hands". The accompanying music video premiered on PopMatters, and has also been feature by Billboard and Curve Mag. Sage has also just been confirmed as support on the Howard Jones Acoustic Trio's Winter 2020 US tour, beginning on January 28 in Seattle.

Sage's fresh, string-quartet take on "Both Hands" is both musically unexpected and a full-circle moment. Sage's first ever tour was as an opener for DiFranco, and she has long been inspired by her fellow indie label owner – but in this case, it was more vital. While undergoing treatment for cancer in 2018, Sage listened to "Both Hands" as part of a playlist that kept her "determined and strong". A year later, it was a natural fit for her new album Character, due out on MPress Records on March 6.

Produced by Sage and Grammy® winner Andy Zulla, the track features a string quartet performing an arrangement by cellist Dave Eggar (Evanescence, Coldplay), Sage, and Chuck Palmer. Zulla set up cameras around Carriage House Studios in Stamford, CT to capture the recording process, and edited the footage into the official music video, which has premiered exclusively on PopMatters. The single is now available on all digital platforms, including Apple Music, Amazon, and Spotify.

January will also see Sage heading back out onto the road supporting 80s music icon Howard Jones, after accepting his personal invitation to join his US Acoustic Trio tour. Beginning on January 28 at Seattle's Benaroya Recital Hall, she will support dates in cities including Los Angeles, Austin, St. Paul, New York City, and Miami.

Deluxe versions of "Character" are available to pre-order from MPress Records on a limited edition 'bookback CD' (with extra acoustic tracks), & 180 gram colored vinyl, both of which contain original mask designs, featuring Sage's own artwork. Pre-order here!


For more information, press photos, or to receive a review copy of "Both Hands" or "Character", please contact:

US Press - Girlie Action Media
Pam Nashel Leto // pam@girlieaction.com // 212-989-2222 x111
Amy Shank// amy@girlieaction.com // 212-989-2222

UK Press - Fifth Element Media
Catherine Hockley // cat@fifthelement.biz // +44 0207-722-0000 

Label Press - MPress Records
Jojo Gentry // press@mpressrecords.com // 212-481-7243


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both hands

RACHAEL ON TOUR

1.22 - 1.26.20
New Orleans, LA
1.28.20
Benaroya Recital Hall
Seattle, WA *
1.29.20
Revolution Hall
Portland, OR *
1.30.20
Palace of Fine Arts Theatre
San Francisco, CA *
2.1.20
El Rey Theatre
Los Angeles, CA *
2.2.20
Belly Up
Solana Beach, CA *
2.16.20
Rockwood Music Hall Stage 3
New York, NY
2.24.20
Tobin Center
San Antonio, TX *
2.25.20
3ten ACL Live
Austin, TX *
2.26.20
Gas Monkey Live
Dallas, TX *
2.27.20
The Vanguard
Tulsa, OK *
2.29.20
Oriental Theater
Denver, CO *
3.3.20
Shank Hall
Milwaukee, WI *
3.4.20
Ordway Concert Hall
St. Paul, MN *
3.5.20
Diamond Jo Mississippi Moon Bar
Dubuque, IA *
3.6.20
Arcada Theatre
St. Charles, IL *
3.8.20
Acorn Theater
Three Oaks, MI *
3.9.20
20 Monroe Live
Grand Rapids, MI *
3.10.20
The Kent Stage
Kent, OH *
3.11.20
St. Andrew's Hall
Detroit, MI *
3.12.20
Jergel's Rhythm Grille
Warrendale, PA *
3.13.20
Hangar Theatre
Ithaca, NY *
3.14.20
Universal Preservation Hall
Saratoga Springs, NY *
3.16.20
City Winery
Boston, MA *
3.17.20
Narrows Center For The Arts
Fall River, MA *
3.19.20
The Paramount
Huntington, NY *
3.20.20
Wall St. Theater
Norwalk, CT *
3.21.20
Sony Hall
New York, NY *
3.22.20
Sellersville Theater
Sellersville, PA *
3.24.20
The Birchmere
Alexandria, VA *
3.26.20
City Winery
Atlanta, GA *
3.27.20
Maxwell C. King Center
Melbourne, FL *
3.28.20
North Beach Bandshell
Miami Beach, FL *
3.29.20
Palladium Theatre
St. Petersburg, FL *
4.2.20
Club Passim
Cambridge, MA
4.4.20
Atomic Tom's
Binghamton, NY
4.16.20
Folk Music Society of Huntington
Huntington, NY
6.20.20
Pete's Candy Store
Brooklyn, NY
* supporting Howard Jones

ABOUT RACHAEL SAGE: Rachael Sage is a vibrant and innovative NYC based folk-pop singer/songwriter and activist who has toured with an eclectic list of artists including Howard Jones, Ani DiFranco, Judy Collins, Beth Hart, and Shawn Colvin. Her music has been dubbed "wildly expressive" by Paste Magazine and Stereo Embers described Sage as "the kind of performer you can't take your eyes off". Through her live performances and album releases, Rachael has advocated and raised funds for various charitable beneficiaries including WhyHunger, NEDA, Girls Inc., The American Refugee Committee and more, with focuses on youth homelessness, women's rights, hurricane relief and victims of gun violence. Most recently, Rachael released her charity single "Bravery's On Fire", all proceeds from which benefit Women's Cancer Research. For more information, visit rachaelsage.com.