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

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Languages

  • English

167 Reviews - 35 Repeat Clients

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  1. Review by Kobby I.
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    Sakari is 100% the real deal. I couldn't be happier with my experience working with her. Top notch creativity and talent and also a real pleasure to work with.

  2. Review by Lance
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    Sakari is lovely to work with and flexible with getting versions across quickly and professionally!

  3. Review by Yung U.
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    She's professional, up front and honest with her progress and she delivers beautifully. I'll absolutely do business with her in the future.

  4. Review by Simas S.
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    Not the first or last time working with Sakari. She's professional, reliable and always comes through with the music!

  5. Review by Mario R. Hemsley, MD
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    Sakari was excellent on Background Vocals On My Remake of Herbie Hancock's "Stars In Your Eyes". Thanks again!

  6. Review by Mario H.
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    Once again Sakari did an excellent job on Lead & Background Vocals On My Remake Of "School Boy Crush" by Average White Band! Thank you!

  7. Review by Vladimir
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    Beautiful voice, fast turnaround, very professional. Safari was spot on from the first take. Highly recommended,

  8. Review by Kevin Ramseyer
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    Once again, a great experience working with Sakari. More than a singer, a secret weapon!
    I really had a blank page for my vocals and lyrics. Sakari came on, did her thing and elevated the song to the next level. We'll keep working together, God willing.

  9. Review by Simas S.
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    Sakari was seamless to work with. Professional, quick to respond and deliver top outcome for the music. Can't recommend her highly enough!

  10. Review by KiddJay
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    Excellent! Came through and delivered..

  11. Review by Mario R. Hemsley, MD
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    Sakari was excellent on my remake of "Tear The Roof Off The Sucker"! She has become one of my very consistent contributors.

  12. Review by Chriz A.
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    Sakari was amazing!! She delivered quality vocal tracks for my project within hours. I’ll definitely work with her again in the future!

  13. Review by Craig H.
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    Again Sakari nails it. Sakari laid the vocals to a 'Stevie' cover that I'm producing. Working with her for a second time, my only instruction was to 'make it hers'... and I was not disappointed. Sakari is now my 'first call' singer for my female vocal tracks....thanks Sakari!

  14. Review by Nots H.
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    Sakari was the perfect candidate for my project. And no bull.. she did an amazing job and I was very satisfied. A real soul Queen. Will work with again..

  15. Review by Link
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    Loved working with Sakari! She had very insightful advice for vocal lines, melody and performance dynamics. And her voice is amazing!

  16. Review by Mind.E
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    Sakari was spot on! She understood the project from the demo, and crushed it in one take. Truly impressive. Very professional, timely, and matched the vocal vibe with the track. Can't wait to get this released. Thank you!

  17. Review by Luca R.
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    I strongly recommend Sakari.
    My experience with her was incredible. She created a pice of art in terms of lyrics and vocals perfectly matching the mood and emotions I had in mind. Pure perfection! If you are looking to somebody with top pro skills, sweet soul as well as strong emotional intelligence, this is Sakari.
    5 stars well deserved!

  18. Review by Craig H.
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    Sakari is a pro. Her vocals were perfect for my track. I had her vocal part returned to me in less than a week. I am going to hire her for several other songs that I am working on. So glad I found her. THANKS SOUNDBETTER!

  19. Review by Tanuke
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    Beautiful voice! Outstanding work! Made my bgv sound great!

  20. Review by Dyna Micah
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    Sakari is highly professional and exceptionally talented.
    She was happy and accommodating to make an edit to her original first draft but later me and my producer decided that she actually nailed it first time!
    Cannot recommend enough, her voice is soulful and impactful.
    10/10

Interview with Sakari

  1. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  2. A: I used Logic Pro X. I have Yamaha HS5 studio monitors, UAD Apollo Twin X, Magomi 1/4in cables, Audio-Technica studio headphones, Aston Spirit Large Diaphragm Condenser Mic , Kaotica Eyeball and M-Audio KeyStation midi board.

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

  4. 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.

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

  6. 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.

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

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

  9. Q: Analog or digital and why?

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

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

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

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

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

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

  16. 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.

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

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

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

  20. 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?

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

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

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

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

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

  26. 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.

  27. Q: How would you describe your style?

  28. A: Soulful

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

  30. 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.

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

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

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

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

  35. Q: What's your strongest skill?

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

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

  38. 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.

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

  40. 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.

  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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