Erin Sax has been called “bluesy and ornery.” Her music lives somewhere between Chrissie Hynde and Merle Haggard, if there were such a love child. Her live performances have often been compared to a young Mick Jagger.
Her recent album, MERCY, produced by Clay Holley (Amy Winehouse, Adele, John Legend), is an homage to the 1970’s L.A. music scene where Erin was raised. Growing up down the street from the ‘quiet Beatle’ George Harrison, next door to the drug dealer for the Rolling Stones, and baby sat by Allan Zavod, the pianist for Jean Luc Ponty, Eric Clapton and Frank Zappa, set a tone for Erin’s life and MERCY is the theme music for it - melancholy, pulsing, lyrical and yet redemptive.
The album’s single, “Happy,” is the title track for the Judd Hirsch, Ryan O’Nan and C.S. Lee movie, ALTERED MINDS and garnered Sax and co-writer Patrick Kelly an Oscar nomination. Most recently Sax has performed “My Father” in Josh Klausner’s (Date Night, Shrek) 2018 movie WANDERLAND. In 2019 she and singer-songwriter Patrick Kelly joined forces again to write the song “Rise” the title track for the 2020 documentary RESISTERHOOD.
Sax’s earlier music, including the album GOOD GIRL, was made with her NYC band Hands Off My Sister, and garnered her opening slots on the road for country bad boy Robert Earl Keen, Marshall Crenshaw, and The Samples. A Los Angeles native and the “Country Time Lemonade Girl” at the age of 10, 11 and 12, she has “always written music as a way to stay real”.
Sax has also worked as a producer and director for award-winning-cutting edge documentaries, commercials, reality TV and feature films. She has developed a devout following in the global rock/blues music world. Her music is about the integrity, character, and flaws that we all share as we alternately stumble and fly through our days.