Most of the music we listen to never really gets under our skin. As pleasant and catchy as it may be, it skims along the surface, like a stone skipping across water. Every now and then, if we are really lucky, we encounter an artist like Sandra Bouza who gets right down into our blood and bones. An artist whose voice stops us in our tracks. Her upcoming album, ’A Sound in the Dark.’ came together during an artist’s residence on Halls Island. You can hear echoes of Etta James and Carla Thomas in Bouza’s powerful and highly nuanced phrasing. Like Amy Winehouse and Adele, Sandra’s absorbed a lot from listening to the greats from the golden age of R and B, but like them, she has emerged with a style that is all her own. Gifted with a masterful sense of poise and control, few singers can inhabit a vocal like Bouza does.
“There’s something in the vocals of Canadian singer/songwriter Bouza that puts a spell on me. I mean, of course there’s that huge amount of skill and the impressive range in which she sings, but that’s not it. There’s more. There’s the huge amount of passion packed in between the lyrics, there’s passion you can feel while she sings, there’s that playful approach where it feels like her voice is ‘dancing’ with the backing guitar/bass and the laid back drums. Practically everything falls in place with her performance.” ~ KMS Reviews