Sakari

Vocalist, Writer, BGV Arranger

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A gal with soul. Trained musician and performer with a versatile voice and rich, smooth tone. I have done session work for PeterCottontale, Ingrid Michelson and DAVIE. I have done performances with Jessy Wilson, Tori Kelly, Hillary Scott, Kirk Franklin, Maren Morris, Chris Stapleton and Mavis Staples.

Chicago born and raised, I grew up singing in the church gospel choir beginning at the age of 4. At age 12 I began writing and recoding in the studio, releasing my first solo album at age 16. I was formerly based in Nashville, TN where I attended Belmont University for four year studying Commercial Music with an emphasis in Vocal Performance. Throughout my 6 year stay in Tennessee I spent time gigging at venues, private parties, college events, corporate events, festivals and bars down on Broadway with my band, Mocha. In addition, I have been blessed to sing behind various artists on stages across the nation; Bonnaroo (with DAVIE), Lollapalooza (with DAVIE opening for LIZZO), The Greek Theatre (with Jessy Wilson opening for Al Green), the Country Music Awards (CMAs) signing background vocals for Maren Morris, Chris Stapleton and Mavis Staples, The Dove Awards singing bgvs for Tori Kelly, Hillary Scott and Kirk Franklin and the Pinknic Festival (NY) singing with YEBBA and Mark Ronson. I have also done studio background vocals for Ingrid Michaelson and Peter CottonTale (Chance The Rapper's musical director) . I am currently based in Los Angeles, California.

I am offering:
vocals for a original songs
vocals for cover songs
top line writing (lyrics and/or melody)
back ground vocal arranging

I'd love to hear about your project. Click the 'Contact' button above to get in touch.

53 Reviews - 12 Repeat Clients

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  1. Review by Berni W.
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    amazing! great voice, great workflow!

  2. Review by Rob K.
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    Loved working with Sakari on this, great job!

  3. Review by Bostjan A.
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    Sakari has a wonderful vocal and is very professional. It has been a pleasure to work with her.

  4. Review by Philip H.
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    Another stellar vocal, she brought the song to another level. Very quick turnaround, great communication.

  5. Review by RickVee
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    This is my second time working with Sakari and I am very, very, very impressed with her talent and creativity. As well as the lead vocals, Sakari provided awesome background parts and harmonies. She is a one-stop-vocal-shop! The best!

  6. Review by Derrick E.
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    She is awesome. Great communication and she will make sure that you your satisfied. I love my project with her and expect to use her again.

  7. Review by Philip H.
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    Sakari did a killer vocal for the song, no revisions, perfect the first time round. Easy and reliable communication, fantastic experience.

  8. Review by Dieatra J.
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    I absolutely ‘love” the song that Sakari created for me. I sent her a track and lyrics and she exceeded my expectations. Her voice is so beautiful, and she is versatile. I was concerned that it would sound too soulful but that was not the case at all. She created a song that you can vibe to or dance to. She stayed in constant contact with me and was welcome to my suggestions for revisions. She only revised for me one time and she nailed it.

  9. Review by Christopher M.
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    It's been a pleasure once again!

  10. Review by Blan
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    Professional, communicative, responsive and great to work with. Outstanding soulful voice with good studio quality gear and she was exactly what I needed to finish my projects. Looking to work with Sakari again. 10 stars....hands down.

  11. Review by Evangeline M.
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    Truly excellent work! Sakari took my ideas and turned them into reality! She took a non-singer's lyrics and melody and came up with a beautiful, professional output. She is truly a gem. Super talented and very easy to work with. So grateful to have found her. I look forward to working with her in the future.

  12. Review by Carl P.
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    What can I say?? Well let’s see..... she has an awesome soulful voice that is in the range of greatness. Her communication is superb!! She goes above and beyond to make sure your song is at the highest caliber possible. If you need some professional work done for your song, PLEASE, I RECOMMEND SAKARI!!!

  13. Review by RickVee
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    Awesome singer and an absolute pleasure to work with!

  14. Review by Trevour A.
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    She’s super talented and soulful, and is very fast and responsive. It was a pleasure working with her!

  15. Review by Ambrogio F.
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    Great singer, very professional, fast and helpful. I will definitely work with her again and recommend her to everyone. Amazing voice, good quality vocal recording,worked with me to make the song exactly what I wanted.

  16. Review by Mack G.
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    If you are looking for a great vocalist with tremendous range, Sakari is a great artist to work with. She is a good communicator and delivers very polished vocals. Would work with her again.

  17. Review by Mack G.
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    Sakari made the whole process seamless. Great communicator. Would definitely work with again.

  18. Review by Angelo S.
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    An awesome talent!
    We will def work again in the future!

  19. Review by Christopher M.
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    This girl is DOPE! It's been a pleasure working with her!

  20. Review by Jimmy B.
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    Wow! What a pleasure to work with Sakari! Amazing voice, good quality vocal recording, a lot of character in her voice, good communication, quick delivery and all in all a very friendly woman. I defo recommend her she is very professional!

  21. Review by Young F.
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    You can't go wrong with Sakari, surely one of the top vocalists here. A richly textured voice with power, versatility, and an emotive delivery. Also a true professional! Highly recommended for anyone needing a top-tier singer.

  22. Review by Christopher M.
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    Super dope! Easy to work with!

  23. Review by Evangeline M.
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    This is my second time working with Sakari. She does beautiful, wonderful and fast work! Very talented and exceeds expectations! Amazing person, excellent work ethic. I look forward to working with her for future projects. Greatly appreciated.

  24. Review by Graham L.
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    Superb vocalist. Really easy to work with and she is open to ideas and tweaks etc

  25. Review by Berni W.
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    great and fast to work with! big up

  26. Review by Michael S.
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    Sakari is an amazing vocalist/songwriter. Highly recommended!

  27. Review by Jacob J.
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    Sakari is the best! Incredibly precise and fast! She has the most wonderful voice with so much soul and feeling!

  28. Review by Jacob J.
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    Sakari is highly recommended, super fast, super vocal, easy to work with! I get what i want plus something extra each time!

  29. Review by Jacob J.
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    Sakari is simply amazing! She has such a beautiful and soulful vocal and she understands my songs IMMEDIATELY, fast respons, high quality recording. I am blown back!

  30. Review by Ji P.
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    She did amazing job with the top-line & lyrics for our song. Also, really open minded with sharing ideas. Sakari might be one of the top, layering chorus and ad-libs so if u guys are looking for someone who can help out with the professional vocal productions, she might be the one to check out!

  31. Review by Prajwal W.
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    Sakari poured her soul into my song with BVG and harmonies. I cannot hear the song without her vocals now. She has strong attention to detail and her experience really shines through her work. Blessed to have a talent like Sakari in this platform.

  32. Review by Lucas S.
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    Sakari is owner of a singular voice! Very professional and easy to work with

  33. Review by Evangeline M.
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    Excellent work! Efficient, professional. Such a smooth process. Grateful for her assistance in taking my lyrics and melody and quickly turning them into a real, professional sounding song that I can be proud of. Will definitely work with her again Great experience. Highly recommended!

  34. Review by Hubert M.
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    It's an amazing experience to work with Sakari! Super easy to work it and her voice is just phenomenally beautiful :)

  35. Review by kriss
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    It was a pleasure to work with Sakari,
    she is very professional and kind
    she has an incredible voice
    i am very pleased with the result
    Thank you !

  36. Review by FEFENDE
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    Once again Sakari has proved to be professional, timely, and productive when it comes to doing my songs. She brings emotion and style to the song. I look forward to working with her again. I wholeheartedly recommend her.

  37. Review by Wictor
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    Highly recommend working with Sakari! Her voice is amazing and was a pleasure working with. Very professional and delivered exactly what I was asking for with high quality vocals, hopefully I can work with her again!

  38. Review by Young Free
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    Phenomenal talent and a total professional. Powerful and emotive voice with a wonderful rich tone that's both current and evocative of the greats. Her extensive experience with both live and session work gave new life to my project, as she was able to intuit what I was struggling to express in words. Probably the easiest person to work with ever, great communication, accommodating, top marks all around!

  39. Review by FEFENDE
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    Sakari was excellent to work with and a complete professional. She has a beautiful voice and delivered in a timely manner. Would absolutely recommend her!

  40. Review by Young Free
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    Phenomenal work and top-notch professionalism! With her musical training and experience she knew exactly what I was after and really went above and beyond. We'll be working together again soon!

  41. Review by Jacob J.
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    Sakari is the best singer I know and the most helpful and efficient musician around. Fast turnaround time - and she captures all your ideas. Amazing!

  42. Review by Jacob J.
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    Sakari is a fantastic singer and unbelievable good at catching the idea of a song. She is an extremely skilled producer and blessed with the most wonderful vocal. I can highly reccomend her - she is my number one session singer from now on. Very fast and easy to work with.

  43. Review by william S.
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    Sakari was extremely quick with communication and happy to do revisions on a very quick turnaround. She has a very professional approach and is really pleasant over messages. She has a good recording chain technically as well so the quality of the recordings you receive are brilliant. Would highly recommend!

  44. Review by Vincent D.
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    Working with Sakari was great, her voice is amazing and I can highly recommend her.

  45. Review by CG
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    Incredibly professional. Incredibly talented. Timely. And worked with me to make the song exactly what I wanted. Would definitely work with her again!

  46. Review by Logan
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    Five stars! She has an excellent voice and range, and exceeded my expectations with the project. Wonderful to work with and very quick turnout.

  47. Review by Young Free
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    A top tier vocalist and uniquely gifted talent! I feel fortunate to have discovered Sakari, almost by accident, after needing some backing vocals in a hurry. I remember starting to work my way through the takes she recorded, fingers crossed that I'd made the right choice, when my jaw hit the floor. If she can do this, I thought - add so much life, dynamism, richness - to some fairly basic vocal harms, imagine what she could do on a lead! I immediately hired her for my next project, and haven't looked back since! Trust me, you will not be disappointed!

  48. Review by Evangeline M.
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    Truly excellent work! Sakari took my ideas and turned them into reality! She took a non-singer's lyrics and melody and came up with a beautiful, professional output. She is truly a gem. Super talented and very easy to work with. So grateful to have found her. I look forward to working with her in the future.

  49. Review by Graham L.
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    Superb vocalist to work with, really open to feedback and changes. She's fast to work with, a producers dream really if you ask me

  50. Review by Prajwal W.
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    Sakari poured her soul into my song with BVG and harmonies. I cannot hear the song without her vocals now. She has strong attention to detail and her experience really shines through her work. Blessed to have a talent like Sakari in this platform. Will be more than happy to work with her again.

  51. Review by Michael S.
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    Sakari is amazing! Top quality recordings and perfect communication.

  52. Review by AdiStudio
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    Sakari is an amazing singer/songwriter! She was patient and makes what I wanted for my track! She is very kind and talented!

  53. Review by FEFENDE
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    I will love to work with her again. I love the passion she puts into the song.

Interview with Sakari

  1. Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?

  2. A: I did a background vocal arrangement for a cover of song that I grew up listening to as a child. It was a song that shaped me and my musical ear. At first I was thinking, how do I even approach this with an arrangement that isn't corny or played out since I've known this song for almost 20 years. I was able to come up with something that I was really proud of. My arrangement was original, true to me yet true to the original song. The bgvs complimented the cover arrangement and the lead vocals. I felt as though I paid homage to the song in a very simple but beautiful way.

  3. Q: What are you working on at the moment?

  4. A: I am currently working on a house/dance track for this DJ based out of Austria, a pop power ballad for a songwirter/producer based in Canada, lead vocals/top lining for an R&B track, and 2 rap verses for a Hip-hop track.

  5. Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?

  6. A: Yes; Andrew Tufano, Sheila Foley, Lauren McClinton, Chloe Kat, Meredith Nee

  7. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  8. A: Digital because I am a millennial woman haha. I love the feel of analog but have never recored on analog tracks.

  9. Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?

  10. A: I promise good quality, good communication, professionalism, a good attitude, enthusiasm.

  11. Q: What do you like most about your job?

  12. A: That I am living my dream and fulfilling what I feel is part of my life purpose as a singer/songwriter/vocal producer

  13. Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?

  14. A: They ask me about turn around time. If it's a smaller job, any where between 1-3 days. If the project is a bit extensive, it takes about a week. My turn around time never exceeds two weeks unless already discussed before being hired.

  15. Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?

  16. A: That I can create exactly the ideas that are in a clients head without a some detailed conversation.

  17. Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?

  18. A: I typically ask will ask a client what inspired the track they've created. Do you have any song or artist references have influenced the track so that I can listen to them a get a better understanding? Do they have any preference for the style of singing? Do you have a deadline?

  19. Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

  20. A: Be as detailed as possible when explaining your ideas for how you want your track to sound.

  21. Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?

  22. A: 1. Kaotica Eyeball 2. Sony- CG800 3. Apollo Twin 4. Yamaha HS5 motors 5. MacBook

  23. Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?

  24. A: I've been singing and performed since age 4. I've been writing and recording since age 12. I've pursued music by whole life and went to a four year university in Nashville, TN to study commercial music with and emphasis in vocal performance. I have recently moved to Los Angeles to pursue music full time.

  25. Q: How would you describe your style?

  26. A: Soulful

  27. Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?

  28. A: I would love to work with an artist by the name of Samoht. He has a beautifully rich and textured tone. I would love to hear how our voices could sound together. Aside from that he is an amazing lyricist and vocal producer and I feel that I could learn a lot from his process.

  29. Q: Can you share one music production tip?

  30. A: Leave space for every voice or instrument to be part of the musical conversation.

  31. Q: What type of music do you usually work on?

  32. A: I usually work on R&B, hip-hop, pop and house music. An often work on gospel inspired bgv arrangements.

  33. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  34. A: Bringing a clients ideas to life through my vocal arrangements and vocal performance.

  35. Q: What do you bring to a song?

  36. A: I bring life. Because my career as a vocalist began in a live music setting, I bring performance, emotion and story-telling in my lyrics. The quality of my voice is rich in tone, soulful, clean and controlled.

  37. Q: What's your typical work process?

  38. A: Once I get the materials from the client, I spend time listening to the track, thinking about/getting down some initial ideas that come to mind. I then send over a rough demo of my thoughts just to get feedback and to see if I'm going in the right direction. After I get the feedback, I make whatever changes need to be made. I do 2 free revisions and any revisions beyond the 2 free are an additional cost (TBD). Once the client is happy with my contribution, I send then all the fabled files in a zip folder and promptly give the client an honest review.

  39. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  40. A: I used Logic Pro X. I have Yamaha HS5 studio monitors, Scarlett Solo Focusrite Interface, Magomi 1/4in cables, Audio-Technica studio headphones, MXL 770 microphone, Kaotica Eyeball and M-Audio KeyStudio midi board.

  41. Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?

  42. A: I am very inspired by Raphael Saddique. He is a producer, arranger, vocalist, multi-instrumentals and creates scores for movies and tv shows. I love his sound. I love his skill set. Other producers that inspire me are Dr. Dre, Prince, Rick Rubin, David Foster, J. Dilla, Baby Face, Rodney Jenkins

  43. Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.

  44. A: I provide lyrics and/or vocals (lead and bgvs) for clients' unfinished songs and formative song ideas.

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