Sarah Kang: Hopeless Romantic Tour/Rijah

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Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
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Sarah Kang is a NYC-based singer-songwriter, whose genre is a seamless blend of jazz, R&B, and pop paired with thoughtful lyricism and warm, cozy vocals. Born in South Korea and raised in L.A., Chicago, and Dallas, she grew up playing the piano and the French horn but never imagined she'd ever become a professional musician. Being raised in an immigrant family, a creative career was never presented to her as a real possibility — only a pipe dream. However, after releasing her first collection of original songs called Fair Weather, which she recorded in her closet, and with the encouragement of her family and friends in 2017, she quit her job as a music teacher and took the jump into full-time music. 

She released her debut EP called One, funded by a Kickstarter campaign, in 2019, with collaborators Takahiro Izumikawa, Dan Song, and Andrew Kim. In 2020, she challenged herself to release a song every month, and that July, she released her most well-known song to date called, "Summer Is for Falling in Love," which has over 13 million streams on Spotify. The song has also been featured in Nespresso, Uniqlo, and LG advertisements, as well as Korean dramas and TV shows. She released her second EP maybe i'm better now in 2021 with her producer Patrick Hizon, in which she explored her more soulful and R&B side. In 2022, she released her first full-length album how i remember, and made it onto the cover of Spotify playlists "Retro Pop" and "Next Gen Singer-Songwriter." Her song "end credits" landed itself a spot on Spotify's "New Music Friday" playlist.

Kang often describes herself as someone who is perpetually nostalgic, sometimes preemptively nostalgic for moments that haven't even passed yet. This results in a timelessness to her songwriting, which evokes memories, tells intimate stories, and reminds us of the finiteness of life, but also of hope for the future. She hopes that her music helps listeners to be fully present in the small moments that make life beautiful: a sunset or holding someone you love.

Rijah is singer, songwriter, and producer from Jersey City, currently based in Boston. Coming from a family full of musicians, and growing up in a diverse city, just a train ride away from Manhattan, she has been exposed to a wide range of music and cultures from a very young age. Her music is a mix of pop, alternative R&B, and soul, blended into her own unique sound.

In 2022, she recorded and released her self-produced debut EP, the only one i know. Since then, she formed a band, her unreleased song “Up” was featured on NPR’s Tiny Desk Top Shelf, she has worked with multiple producers and artists on various projects, and has written an album of new songs that she is in the process of recording.