Sarah Brown is a petite blonde bombshell possessed of a special way with heartfelt pop songs. Since the release of her eponymously titled debut in 2006 Sarah has matured as a songwriter and musician and felt a strong desire to spread her feathery wings on her sophomore album, The Great Heart Robbery, released in mid-2012.
After scoring a hit with the single ‘Hands’ in 2006, including winning the Juice TV award for Video Of The Year, and supporting such musical luminaries as Jamie Cullum, Tim Finn and Greg Johnson (she also performed aboard an Air New Zealand flight as part of Fashion Week’s ‘Party In the Sky’), Sarah was intent on raising the stakes, especially since she planned to self-release The Great Heart Robbery. Now in full control of her destiny, it was time to develop her sound and expand her ambitions.
Sarah struck out in three distinct directions, at least geographically. Firstly, she spent the summer of 2007 in an isolated cottage in the Marlborough Sounds to begin the writing process for a new album. Secondly, compelled by the desire to travel, Sarah travelled to the south of France, spending several months sightseeing through Germany, the Netherlands, France and the UK. Thirdly, thanks to Phase Four album funding from NZ On Air, Sarah took the 25 new songs she’d written and headed to Sydney to record with producer Tony Buchen (aka Buchman). Enamoured of Buchman’s work with Gin Wigmore on her celebrated debut EP, Sarah was keen to exploit her producer’s fine collection of vintage equipment to add depth and resonance to the sound of her songs.
It was Sarah's hope that The Great Heart Robbery feels like a beautiful little treasure box that, once pried open, reveals the rarest, most decadent goodies. Beginning with second single, Winter With You, the album ebbs and flows with the flavours of blues, gypsy, & Americana with a European twist.