Sister Speak 'Rise Up For Love' - Self Release

This is a debut release by Sister Speak, a folk/ roots band based in San Diego. The ten songs  have a soulful sound and the vocals of Canadian singer/songwriter/guitarist Sherri-Anne are a highlight throughout. At times she is reminiscent of Natalie Merchant and at others, Rickie Lee Jones with her breathy and strong vocal style carrying the song arrangements down a road that reveals a dynamic power. The vocal harmonies of Tolan Shaw add to the mix and this five-piece band, augmented by four guest musicians, colour and compliment the songs. Sister Speak received a ‘Best New Artist’ nomination at the 2011 San Diego Music Awards and songs like Rise Up for Love and Mirror display a finely tuned writing talent. Comin’ Back sings of a need to return to community and there are songs of love and optimism. However, it is the song Say You Will that steals the show with its passionate refrain and heartfelt lyric. Impressive.