Songs & Stories Podcast: Talking Story with Sarah Bethany & Michael Surprenant


Songs & Stories Podcast: S3, E5

Show Notes: This episode features an interview with the multi-talented music couple of Michael Surprenant and Sarah Bethany. Sarah’s a singer-songwriter, producer, arranger, and Michael is a producer, drummer, and studio engineer. Both live and perform on the Island of Hawaii.

Featured tracks in this episode: “The Uncomfortable Truth” and “Illuminate.”

Minneapolis and St. Louis native, Sarah Bethany, began playing the piano at age seven. She continued her classical studies at the University of Missouri Kansas City Conservatory of Music, where she discovered an attraction to experimental electronic music composition as well as a love of jazz, hip hop, and reggae music. Her extensive, advanced vocal studies led her to the music of Rachelle Ferrell and Lalah Hathaway, two of Bethany’s most influential vocalists. Bethany has won two of Hawai’i’s prestigious Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards and, performed with Kenny Loggins as well as several Grammy Award-winning artists including John Cruz. Her voice has been heard on many radio stations as a session singer and piano player for numerous albums.

Michael Suprenant spent many years producing and performing as a musician in New York City before finding his home in Hawai’i. As a graduate of Berklee College of Music, Suprenant has extensive experience in all facets of producing music. Virtually every album he has produced in Hawai’i has either won or been nominated for Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards, including Engineer of the Year, Contemporary Acoustic Album of the Year, and Jazz Album of the Year.

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