Let Love Shine is a positive directive. It’s also the name of singer-songwriter Sarah Chapman’s new release of acoustic tracks. The Arizona native, who also provides vocals and guitar for the band Ghost Cat Attack, says that band is “a lot of rockin’ fun.” But Chapman wanted to make a CD for fans that dig her solo acoustic sets. Whether she’s doing a peppier, driving rock tune or a stripped-down ballad, Chapman’s breathy vocals blend sweetness with a raspier blues style.
After setting the tone for the EP with the jazzy phrasing of a song that wonders "What's a girl to do with a distraction like you?," she approaches the bittersweet "Drama Tree" with the vulnerability the words demand and signs off three songs later with an aching ballad called "Dear Dylan." "Distraction," she says, is "a thank you to anyone who has ever left me, because in hindsight I was usually just wasting time on them." “Drama Tree” was written about "growing up an artsy freak who found comfort in the company of weirdos by a tree outside the performing arts building both in high school and later college." And yes, "Dear Dylan" is referring to Bob Dylan, having been inspired by a documentary on the Nobel Laureate most likely to ask you repeatedly, "How does it feel?" Chapman says, "I really admire his artistic integrity and the fact that he stayed true to himself." ....
"Some of you might best know Sarah Chapman as the frontwoman of Phoenix’s Ghost Cat Attack, but the songwriter has another side… something a little more stripped-down and sultry. Chapman frequently performs around the Valley in this solo-mode, but fans can now take home the intimacy of those acoustic performances with Let Love Shine – the brand-new EP slated for release this weekend. “Distraction” offers us the first taste of what’s to come and, at the same time, a small glimpse into the songwriter’s inner workings as she looks to balance that #artlyfe and her love life."
""Sticky Sweet" is, according to what Chapman said at The Rogue, about one night hanging out until dawn when she felt the urge to call someone she shouldn't and instead she wrote down a note to herself that ended up being the first four lyrical lines in the song. It's a brilliantly seductive song that shows off not only her vocal prowess, but how easily the band comes together to create a tale of misguided affection. "