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She’s been making music for more than a decade now, following a successful career as a television actress. Now, with the help of a long-standing yoga practice, meditation, and a thoughtful new EP, Sara Melson might be coming to terms with, well, everything.
Digging into the L.A. singer-songwriter’s backstory leads into a wonderful wormhole of ’90s TV viewing. As a wide-eyed ingenue and Geena Davis doppelganger, she starred, for instance, opposite Kelsey Grammer in Fraiser and Fred Savage in The Wonder Years. But by the early aughts she was releasing her own music, and sharing the stage with the likes of Ben Folds, Juliana Hatfield and Lissie, while performing backing vocal duties for Moby and the Dandy Warhols.
And through it all, Melson has also been a disciplined yoga practitioner, who now even teaches the science at select retreats – which may help explain the attitude that influenced the aforementioned new EP, Wild & Precious Life, which is due out this December.
And indeed, the first single “Coming Out” – which BlackBook premieres here – is a spirited, piano-heavy ballad that lyrically attempts to answer the many questions that come with being a sensitive, creative human being.
“It is a defiant, weary, and yet serene ‘I-don’t-give-a-f*ck’ anthem,” she reveals. “The simple mantra-like refrain ‘I’m coming out’ is for anyone who is tired of wearing a mask to conform to others’ expectations, and who is ready to step out, fully, into one’s authentic self. Better late than never.”