Sara Cruz was born in 1995, in the island of São Miguel, in the Azores — an archipelago in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean somewhere between Europe and America. Presently at age 23, Sara has been regularly writing and singing since 17. The first time she sang onstage, she was only 14 years old. From then on she knew — and we all knew — that this is what she was born to do.
Sara Cruz has performed regularly all around the nine islands that compose the Archipelago of the Azores. She has also performed in mainland Portugal, in the cities of Lisbon and Oporto, and in the UK, in London. With many and diverse collaborations in the national and regional music panorama, Sara regularly collaborates with fellow singer/songwriters King John (São Miguel) and Cristóvam (Terceira) — both consistent rising stars in Portuguese music.
Sara Cruz is accustomed to playing in bars and small gigs but her original voice and the intensity of her musical writing soon led up to bigger stages when, in 2015, she performed solo as the opening act for Xutos & Pontapés, one of the biggest rock bands in Portugal, during the “Lagoa Comvida” Festival, in Lagoa city.
That same year, invited by the “Festa do Chicharro” Festival, in the village of Povoação, Sara Cruz was also the opening act for another one of the biggest Portuguese bands: Resistência. In an interview for music site Meia de Rock, Sara admitted to be nervous about having such a responsibility on her hands. Nevertheless, she was very much aware that those were two major opportunities to show her music to a larger number of people.
Other renowned artists have also shared the stage with Sara Cruz. One was Brazilian singer/songwriter Maria Gadú, performing in the internationally renowned “Maré de Agosto” Festival, in the island of Santa Maria, when she asked Sara to go up on stage and sing a song with her.
“Above Our Heads” is the first result of the recording process Sara has been working on for some time now and that has culminated with the launching of her first EP, “Above our Heads”.
“Above Our Heads” is a song about commitment and love, echoing deep and traveling far in the listener’s mind. The wanting of someone with “every bone of mine” roots the desire and expands the happiness of willfully belonging to someone else. The acoustic guitar, with its dynamics, constantly reminds us that to know and to embrace this belonging is somewhat necessary for the endless possibilities of love.
Having a hand to hold and being happy that it is the hand that we want to be holding makes us sometime waver and doubt our happiness. That’s when a sweet but sure voice reminds us: “Baby if you want me like I want you/We’ll be infinite as the sky, oh so blue/Above our heads.”
If the answer is yes, then the possibilities are high and endless, just like the sky above our heads — blue and infinite.
Sara Cruz performed “Above Our Heads” at Quinta do Martelo, in Angra do Heroísmo, Terceira Island. Here it is, live and acoustic:
ABOVE OUR HEADS
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