Her grandmother’s dementia prompted Sarah Straub to study psychology rather than music. She became a sought-after expert in dementia research at the Ulm University Hospital. As a model project, she has just started an online dementia consultation with the Desideria association, which is available 24/7 and provides assistance to relatives. But because two hearts still beat in her chest, she also became a successful singer/songwriter.
She had her breakthrough in 2014 with her second album “Red”, won three “German Rock & Pop Awards” and was the opening act for Lionel Ritchie, Joe Cocker and gentleman. For a long time, English pop songs with a soul and jazz foundation were her domain, then she turned more and more to German songwriters such as Rio Reiser, Hannes Wader and, above all, Konstantin Wecker, at whose performances she eventually became a regular guest.
The next album “Alles das und mehr” was logically released on Wecker’s “Sturm & Klang” label, especially since Straub reinterpreted 13 Wecker songs in her own way. She also recorded a well-received album there as a trio with label colleagues Miriam Hanika and Tamara Banez. Now it was time for a new solo project. “No Fear” is the title of her sixth work as well as her tour on which she is now comedy house station. She advocates embracing fears in her new songs, which revolve around topics such as death, loneliness, injustice and abuse. Sometimes sensitive, sometimes angry, always open, removing taboos and wrapped in wonderful melodies.
Sarah Straub, Thursday, November 23rd, 8 p.m., Lustspielhaus, Occamstr. 8th, www.lustspielhaus.de