Life Sometimes, the new piano solo album from chassidic composer and Five Towns resident Sarah Dukes, has passed the initial voting stage and has been included on the 59th Grammy Awards ballots under the “New Age” category.
The Grammy Award is an honor bestowed by the Recording Academy to recognize outstanding achievement in the music industry, and recognizes the best recordings, compositions, and artists of the eligibility year, which runs from October through September.
“I am super-excited and completely humbled .Â .Â . I feel so privileged to be a part of all this,” writes Dukes on her Facebook page at facebook.com/sarahdukesmusic.
Dukes composes her music as a hobby in between raising her five children and working as a mental-health counselor. Life Sometimes, her second album, was selected as a winner in the Global Music Awards, honored with a Silver Medal for Outstanding Achievement in the New Age Solo Piano and Album categories, and ranked #17 on Zone Music Reporter’s Top 100 Radio Airplay Chart.
“From its onset, Life Sometimes takes you by the hand, and guides you through an intricate and prismatic soundscape that seems to touch on every imaginable human sentiment,” shares BT Fasmer from newagemusic.guide. Similarly, Michael Diamond from Music and Media Focus describes Life Sometimes as “a gorgeous album that serves to further Sarah Dukes’s growing reputation as a composer of thoughtful and evocative music.”
“To be included on such a prestigious award ballot is a tremendous honor and hopefully will inspire other religious men and women to develop and share their talents that Hashem gives them,” Dukes said. “It is an amazing z’chus to be able to show that a frum, chassidic woman can also be recognized as contributing in the music world.”
Since first emerging as a prodigious composer and pianist in late 2011 with her debut album, Finding Forever, Dukes has continued to rise in an upward trajectory in her career. Dukes has been handpicked by Whisperings-Solo Piano Radio as one of their exclusively featured solo piano artists, and was granted the Akademia Music Award for best pop ballad in 2015 for her song “No More.”
Her richly nuanced songs have been featured in several popular documentaries produced by Jewish Educational Media, as well as streamed on various international channels including Enlightened Piano Radio, and One World Music Radio.
The most recent releases of her singles “One: Orchestrated Version” and “Raining Rockets” introduced a new level of musical beauty to her already powerful collection of original compositions.
Dukes’s piano solo albums and singles, performed by Yaron Gershovsky, are available in Judaica stores and online at mostlymusic.com, iTunes, and Amazon, and at www.sarahdukesmusic.com, where you can also purchase sheet music. To hear a CD sampler, visit youtube.com/watch?v=KzszKeRhoek.Â v