Sara hails from a small town in the West Midlands of England. Her parents
are both music teachers, so naturally music was an important part of her
childhood. She played tympani and double bass in school and local orchestras
as a teenager, until the day she discovered the power of electricity and the
After playing with a couple local bands, she moved to London and worked as a
secretary at Polydor Records. It was here that she was discovered by the
legendary Robert Fripp, who was encouraged to stay at a show to see "a girl
who works in the office."
Sara went on to work with Robyn Hitchcock and Gang of Four in England, and
later moved to the United States. In 1996 and 1997 she accompanied
singer-songwriter Ani DiFranco on tours of Europe and North America, as
documented on the double live album Living in Clip. She has played with many
other known and respected artists in the music business, including the
B-52's, the Indigo Girls, Joan Osborne, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Fiona Apple, and
the Thompson Twins.
After taking a turn at vocals during an Indigo Girls soundcheck, Sara
started toying with the idea of recording her own solo record. This idea
became Make It Beautiful, Sara's solo debut, released on Righteous Babe
Records in 2000.
The result is a joyous celebration of the groove: 10 tracks of pop-funk
pleasure, in which Sara's dance-driven melodies are partnered with
thoughtful lyrics by 5 acclaimed women songwriters—Ani, Emily Saliers
(Indigo Girls), Barbara Gogan (The Passions), Kristen Hall, and Pal Shazar.
Producer Peter Scherer (Ambitious Lovers) and guest artists Ivan Neville,
Pee Wee Ellis, Cyro Baptista, BETTY and Andy Gill join forces with a stellar
cast of players to bring Lee's music to life and (you guessed it) make it