"When I present a controversial opinion, I do it with empathy and compassion." - Sari Schorr

Posted: December 19, 2023
The strength of my voice plays a big part in my ability to capture and maintain an audience's attention. It allows me to project my sound to a larger space, ensuring everyone in the audience can hear and feel the music.

Photo by: Jean Philippe Hugeuet

The activist and humanitarian. Using her talents to send a message. Sari Schorr is not just another talented artist. She is hard working, humble, and sees the need for change. The message often ends up in her lyrics. Her songs are compelling and motivating. Often leading you to ponder over what is happening in the world around us. 

There is more to her, though. She has a voice that radiates through every inch of your mind and heart. A strong voice with a range to entice her staunch listeners into action. She has enjoyed her time in the spotlight. However, there is much more to her vision and accomplishments that seem to be unfulfilled. There is more to Sari Schorr, and I believe we are going to get to the bottom of it.  

What has inspired her to be such a wonderful and talented singer? Who is responsible for the direction and focus that Sari is known for? Is there any end to what she can accomplish? These are just some of the burning questions that her fans want to know. Guitar Thrills Magazine is responsible for acquiring the answers and more. Welcome to the world of Sari Schorr. 


Manhaton Records recording artist Sari Schorr has the power to inspire an audience with her positively engrossing music and a singular voice that has captivated people around the world. Sari is a master at weaving her poetic lyrics and ear-catching melodies around social issues. Her lyrics also serve to reveal the private person who never sought the spotlight. On stage, Sari is "a force of nature," a moniker that stuck since legendary producer Mike Vernon first used the term to describe her while producing her debut album, A Force of Nature.

Sari's passionate and energetic performances have catapulted her onto the world stage as "the undisputed rising star of blues-rock." Her "overnight" success comes after years trudging the rugged road of life of the hard-working Blues woman. From her humble beginnings, working the music scene in the legendary fierce South Bronx of New York and on Manhattan's Lower East Side, to live performances at such prestigious venues as Carnegie Hall and TV appearances on shows like Conan O'Brian.

Sari's latest studio album, Never Say Never, was released to unanimous critical acclaim. The album was produced by Henning Gehrke (Udo Lindenberg) and mixed by Tom Tapley (Blackberry Smoke). Sari broke new ground this year with the release of her first live album, Live in Europe.

Sari mixes a passion for music with a duty of social responsibility. She has devoted her talent and energy to music projects of a grand scale for humanitarian causes. Most notable is her work on a "Toast to Freedom" for Amnesty International, where she collaborated with many musical legends including Warren Haynes, Keb Mo', Taj Mahal, Eric Burdon, and Carly Simon. Sari's humanitarian efforts include work in Haiti and India. She founded "Matters" – a non-profit that draws attention to humanitarian causes through the arts. Sari is a marathon runner and animal rights activist. She currently lives in Brooklyn, New York with her husband and rescued pit bull triplets.


GUITAR THRILLS: Hello Sari. Thank you for taking the time to answer some questions for us today. I was really impressed by the strength of your voice. Does it help you deliver your message performing before an audience? If so, how?

Sari: Hello, and thanks for the compliment on my voice!

The strength of my voice plays a big part in my ability to capture and maintain an audience's attention. It allows me to project my sound to a larger space, ensuring everyone in the audience can hear and feel the music. Vocal range and depth help me express the nuances of the lyrics and the overall mood of the song. This, in turn, allows me to connect emotionally with the audience, which creates a memorable experience for us all. 

Guitar Thrills: I know you support several causes and organizations. How much of your song writing revolves around those charities or organizations?

Sari: I'm passionate about supporting various causes and organizations that are important to me. While not every song I write is directly inspired by these charities, the themes and messages often align with the values and issues I care about. My songwriting is a reflection of my experiences, emotions, and the world around me, which naturally includes the social and humanitarian causes I support.

Music has the power to inspire change and raise awareness. Therefore, some of my songs may address specific issues. Whether it's advocating for social justice, gun control, or other vital issues, I aim to use my platform to make a positive impact and contribute to meaningful conversations.

Guitar Thrills: How effective has it been thus far? 

Sari: The effectiveness of my songwriting in supporting the charities I care about is something I'm genuinely proud of. Through my songs, I've been able to contribute to conversations surrounding the causes that are close to my heart.

While it's challenging to quantify the direct impact of my songwriting on charitable efforts, I believe that art, including music, has the power to inspire change and provoke thought. My hope is that the themes and messages in my songs resonate with listeners, encouraging them to reflect on social and humanitarian issues. By fostering a sense of empathy and understanding, I aim to contribute to a broader awareness and support for the causes I champion.

Additionally, I actively collaborate with charities and organizations, using my platform to amplify their messages and fundraising efforts. Through benefit concerts, partnerships, and other initiatives, I strive to make a tangible impact beyond the music itself.

Guitar Thrills: We want to extend our assistance in any way we can. Are there somewhere our readers can go to donate or to get involved? 

Sari: I'm currently working with Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center. We do a 540-mile ride from New York City to the Canadian Border to raise funds for desperately needed cancer research. Your readers can find out more about it here:

Guitar Thrills: Excellent. Thank you for the information. 

I would like to ask you about your talent. You have a blues vibe to your music. Yet, I have never seen you perform with a guitar. Do you know how to play an instrument? If so, do you implement it in any of your performances?

Sari: Although I do not typically perform with a guitar, I rely on my acoustic guitar for inspiration when I'm songwriting, especially when I'm writing blues music. The piano is my first instrument. I started playing when I was 8 years old. I also studied drums in college and studied percussion with the late Frankie Malabé.

Guitar Thrills: You covered a song called "Black Betty" by Ram Jam. Which was made popular by Ram Jam in 1977. First, you did a great job with covering it. I didn't think anyone could do the song justice. Why did you decide to cover that song, especially with all the bad press it received? It was even banned in some universities for its prejudiced overtones. 

Sari: I appreciate your kind words regarding my rendition of "Black Betty." I was invited to perform at the Lead Belly Fest at Carnegie Hall, which was indeed an honor. I chose "Black Betty" because my primary goal was to pay sincere homage to Lead Belly and present "Black Betty" in a manner that aligned with his original artistic vision. I perceived the Ram Jam version as straying from the song's authentic essence and intended message. I aimed to restore its true spirit in my reinterpretation. 

Guitar Thrills: In an age where it is difficult to be politically correct, how do you decide what to sing, and what not? 

Sari: Navigating the landscape of political correctness is undoubtedly a challenge, but as an artist, my primary focus is on authenticity and meaningful expression. I believe in the power of music to convey emotions, tell stories, and spark conversations. While I'm conscious of the impact my words can have, I don't want to shy away from addressing important and sometimes challenging subjects.

When deciding what to sing about, I consider the authenticity of the message and its relevance to my experiences and beliefs. I aim to be respectful and mindful of different perspectives, recognizing that everyone may interpret lyrics differently. At the same time, I don't want to compromise the integrity of my art by avoiding topics that are genuinely important to me.

Guitar Thrills: I think it's important to say what's on your mind, but within reason. Especially with a platform such as Guitar Thrills Magazine, we must remain non-controversial. Though there are some things that are so sacred, that it is difficult to keep quiet when expressing yourself. Does it ever bother you? Do you feel that you must limit what you sing about?

Sari: It's about finding a balance between staying true to myself and respecting the diverse perspectives of my listeners. I don't limit what I sing about, but as in life, I'm creative in how I present my message. When I present a controversial opinion, I do it with empathy and compassion. I do my best never to sound like I'm preaching or standing on a soap box spreading my version of the gospel. The true art in crafting lyrics lies in presenting ideas in a non-threatening manner, fostering an environment where listeners can absorb the message with open minds and hearts.

Guitar Thrills: I really appreciate your honesty. 

With that said, how long have you been performing in the music industry? Have you always inspired to be a lead singer? 

Sari: I've been performing professionally since I was 15 years old. My first gig was a sweet sixteen party. I only knew a handful of songs that the band also knew, so we just jammed for 4 hours. Haha! A good start for a songwriter. But my passion for music and performing started long before, when I was about 5 years old. 

Initially, I actually felt more comfortable in the support role as a backup singer. Over time, I discovered that being a lead singer allowed me to express myself most authentically and connect with audiences in a much more profound way. It's a role that I've grown into and embraced.

Guitar Thrills: What are you working on now? Is there a special project that you would like for us to know about?

Sari: I just finished an album with Robin Trower called Joyful Sky, which was released on the Provogue/Mascot label. It was a proud moment when I was told that Joyful Sky hit #1 on the Billboard Blues chart. That's a first for me. Robin and I had a wonderful time filming a pay-per-view concert featuring songs from the new album. It was the first time Robin and I were ever on stage together. Robin was magnificent. I highly recommend any and all guitar enthusiasts to watch Robin in concert. It is a masterclass in sheer guitar brilliance. Here's a link: 

I'm currently working on my next studio album. The goal is to release the album ahead of my European and UK tour, which kicks off on March 1, 2024.

Guitar Thrills: I know you are one of several in your band. What are the names of your band members, and what role do they have?

Sari: My band features:

Ash Wilson – guitar

Roger Inniss – bass

Adrian Gautrey – guitar/keyboards

Phil Wilson – drums

Guitar Thrills: I hope this is not the last interview. Because you are a dynamic artist, and we look forward to talking to you again in 2024. How does that sound?

Sari: It would be an absolute pleasure to speak with you again! Thanks for letting me get personal and share my experiences with your readers. Guitar Thrills: Excellent. Thank you

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