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'Secrets of My Heart' is Sarah McKenzie's most personal music to date / JAZZIZ

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Australia-born singer Sarah McKenzie is an emerging star with a timeless voice and a spellbinding way with original lyrics, two skills that helped her secure a coveted finalist spot in the 2014 Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition. Since then, the Berklee-educated singer has gone on to have a fruitful career in Europe. She's even recorded a handful of albums on the illustrious French jazz label Impulse!, including 2017's Paris in the Rain, which opened opportunities for her to perform around the world in such places as Brazil, Korea, Japan and the United States.

"Traveling was something that I really had to adjust to," says McKenzie. "In the beginning, it is very exciting. I often describe it as going into a magical world; it's stepping off reality and going into this world that's so unreal. Then you come home, and all of that activity stops. It's been a world of extremes."

McKenzie's meditations on those extremes - the thrill of travel versus the comfort of home, the freedom of road life versus the security of family - have now resulted in a new album, Secrets of My Heart, which was released on Impulse! on March 29. With its mix of 20th-century jazz standards and sterling original compositions, the album is McKenzie's most personal musical statement to date, projecting an alluring sense of confidence, a worldly outlook and a clear-eyed dedication to her artistic vision.