Sandra-Mae has had a keen interest in music since early childhood. She started talking and singing at the same time! At the age of six, she started playing the piano, and at age of eleven she took up the saxophone while still in elementary school.
A multi-instrumentalist, Sandra-Mae also plays guitar, piano, has performed around the world, and in some of Vancouver's most prestigious venues including The Orpheum Theatre. While trained as a jazz-specialist, Sandra-Mae's vocal and instrumental versatility extends to pop, R&B and her true love: 1970's Soul Music! She draws inspiration from such legends as Etta James, Donny Hathaway, Aretha Franklin, Astrud Gilberto, and more modern influences such as Mariah Carey, Norah Jones and Amy Winehouse. She was also a member of the British Columbia Honour Jazz Ensemble for two years in a row, acquiring jazz scholarships while performing in this ensemble.
Having achieved a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies with a Minor in Education, Sandra-Mae has grown into an accomplished composer in her own right, becoming a regional finalist in CBC's Searchlight Competition with her original song titled "Finally, I Believe in Your Love."
Sandra-Mae is also an accomplished pop-music/EDM/Dance writer (co-writing with writer/producer Davor Vulama), having had their songs cut by worldwide artists.
Sandra-Mae was one of 18 students in all of Canada under the age of 24 to be invited to perform at the Ottawa International Jazz Festival. During her time there, she met and performed with many internationally recognized artists such as Joe Lovano, Roy Hargrove, Herbie Hancock, Joshua Redman, Medeski, Martin & Wood, Christian McBride and opened for Dave Brubeck.
After having acted in a critically acclaimed two-handed production of David Sedaris's "The SantaLand Diaries," Sandra-Mae is currently writing a musical comedy double-act with Alan Marriott featuring her multifaceted musical and comedic talents that will be featured in the Edinburgh Fringe in 2017.
Photographer: Thomas Gould