“One of Vancouver’s punchiest indie singers.” Fish Griwkowsky, Edmonton Sun
Sarah Wheeler is queer artist and recent cancer survivor who is defined by power house vocals and an indomitable positive spirit. A blazing live performer. Although she has enjoyed collaborating with other musicians, lending her vocals to recordings such as “A Small Wonder” by A.C. Newman of the New Pornographers, and sharing the stage with artists including Dan Mangan and Tanya Tagaq, this Vancouver-based artist has consistently remained focused on writing and performing her own music.
Stuart Derdeyn from The Province reviewed Wheeler’s work by saying, “this is a very solid effort from an artist who has always had it but really tapped the right points and doesn’t miss here”
Life changing experiences inspired Wheeler’s upcoming unreleased album Revival. Having been diagnosed with cancer and undergone treatment that kept her from performing for a year, Sarah wrote much of what would become her newest album during that time. Wheeler wrote, performed, produced and recorded all of the songs for Revival, giving it a perspective that is uniquely homemade. The result is a collection of songs with an unforced honesty and message of positivity through dark times.
Wheeler’s musical heritage was handed down to her through her grandfather’s pioneering efforts as a jazz pianist in local Vancouver clubs during the 50’s and 60’s. In that period he backed jazz greats including Nat King Cole and Sammy Davis Jr. Sarah’s mother had music in her blood. She started teaching Sarah to sing before she could walk, and raised her in a household amidst the sounds of classic rock n roll, blues, jazz, and country music. Growing into a seasoned recording artist has been a natural progression for Sarah. In the present day pop culture climate of false celebrity, Sarah is an old fashioned believer in remembering that the true power of music is the love of it.
Sarah Wheeler is a third generation Vancouver born Canadian singer/songwriter who has leant her vocals to recordings such as “Don’t You Think We Should Be Closer” by Edmonton’s Mark Davis of Old Reliable, and played live with artists including Mike McDonald of Jr. Gone Wild and The Be Good Tanyas. None of which means anything without something to say. Wheeler’s new album is a true Revival.
Sarah Wheeler has an “effortlessly big voice which falls somewhere between Chrissie Hynde and Neko Case.”-Adrian Mack The Georgia Straight