Sharaya Mikael to Release "Rush" EP on November 15th
Rush is an appropriate name for Americana alto Sharaya Mikael's new EP. The hurtling speed of her transformation from desk jockey to a touring musician is dizzying; Mikael's songs are often about relationships that seem to need a kick in the pants; and the ecstatic, sometimes disorienting feeling that comes from venturing into the unknown future are all represented on the five track EP. Mikael quit her job and became an artist. First order of business, visit every one of the 50 states. "My friend Ally Spotts wanted to pursue writing full time and mentioned her dream of traveling the US and writing about it," says the singer. "We quit our day jobs and hit the road for a six-month, 50-state road trip, an experiment in chasing our dreams. It was a self-booked and promoted tour. We played about 70 shows in six months. Ally wrote a blog of our adventures (http://allyspotts.com/) and my shows and CD sales supported us on our journey. I realized I'd rather live as a starving artist, making just enough to get by, than to go back to my desk job in Portland." Rush will be released November 15th.
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