Sara Michaels has never stayed on script. As a young singer she cut her teeth on church music, keeping it interesting for herself by improvising around the straight forward music until the pastor of her church tried to reign her back onto the page. That was the push Michaels needed to move into the jazz world – where she has found her new “church.”

A successful female musician in the male-dominated world of jazz, Sara Michaels is committed to elevating other women in music. Michaels’ ear for talent beyond her own led to her being sought out as a talent booker and producer, charged with cultivating relationships with notable artists and discovering emerging ones. Teaming up with the acclaimed Uptown! Knauer Performance Arts Center, a premiere music and arts venue located outside Philadelphia in the bucolic West Chester, PA suburb, Michaels created and curates the “Jazz Cocktail Hour” presenting local and international jazz artists in an intimate concert setting. Every summer Michaels moves her concert series “down the shore” to the Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts and Sciences (LBIF)

With her lush and soulful voice, Michaels breathes new life into The Great American Songbook, and directs her original songs right to the heart and mind of today’s suffering world.