Sara Taccardi is a singer-songwriter of contemporary Christian music.
“My desire“, Sara says, “was to have an album that anyone would like, to listen in the car or after a hard working day, bringing a message in a simple, honest, clean and clear way.” The result are ten songs that pass with the greatest of ease from the acoustic pop of “Eterno (Eternal)” to the latin rhythm of “Lugar Celestial”, to pop-rock of “Questa sono io”, to romantic ballads of “Quello che vorrei (My desire)” and “Resterò con te (I’ll be with you)”, all bounded together by the voice of this artist who is growing up both personally and professionally. Through them all, Sara shares with all of us her life, made of joy and sorrow, fears, hopes and a certainty coming from a deep faith.
Sara – t, or Sara Taccardi, starter to sing when she was little more than a child and since then she traveled all over Italy and Europe, working together with some of the most valuable christian artists and musicians of the Italian and international survey.
Sara not only is blessed with a rich and touching voice, but she is also extremely sensitive, gentle, humble, mature and trustworthy and all these qualities helped her to keep her feet always on the ground, well remembering who she is and what are the things that really matter.
“Questa sono io (This is who I am)” marks her debut as a soloist and describes the personality of this artist who, for the first time, exposes herself frankly as she is
“Insecure, strong headed, pink and blue, sweet and bitter”
To better understand the message behind “Questa sono io” we have to go back to the time when Sara was a little girl. Grown up in a christian family, she always lived in contact with the values and precepts of the Bible, but it was only when she turned 12 that she fully understood the meaning of the love of God and discovered the way to share it with others through singing and music.
In the summer of 1991, Sara left on tour with international group of Continental Singers, where she learned to sing not only ‘with the mouth’, but also with her heart and body. “I remember“, she says, “that during the rehearsal the director would come in front of us with a mirror, showing us the face we were singing with… this was to make us realize how important it was to sing with joy and a big smile!”
In 1995 were born the Gospel Sound, a vocal group made of 4 young talents all Italians who wanted to spread the message of the Gospel through their music. Sara is an official member till 1999, after which she left to take a different road, that brought her, among others, to meet christian singer and songwriter Albino Montisci. “The meeting with Albino was crucial and arrived in a special moment of my life, when I was discouraged and looking for answers“. A new chapter of Sara’s history begins, made of recording, concerts, travels, emotions, new friendship and important lessons.
“Those who see you only during a concert, so joyful and thoughtless, think that you have a perfect life, but they do not realize that once the concert is finished, your life is the same as theirs, with the same struggles, ups and downs, lost and won battles… Singing in the weekend and working all the week can be very stressful; I often left on Friday after work and traveled back on Sunday night to be in time for office the next morning… sometimes I wandered if it was worth it. I believe God wants us to be part of His redemption plan, but I was asking myself too many times what I was really doing in concrete. I lost my enthusiasm and I felt lonely.”
“Then I understood that I love music and I don’t want to sell records and have success. Music is the way to communicate, to relate and share my story and my experiences.”
It’s time to take one’s responsibility and Sara starts to write songs because she feels she must do (and give) something of her own. To give her voice as vocalist is not enough, she is now called on the front line and she is more motivated than ever.
The rediscovered passion for music brings her to England, where the album was recorded. Sara wrote all the lyrics (including the translations of the five covers) and collaborated to the arrangements of “Ti dirò (I’ll tell you)” and “Questa sono io”. For the project she made use of Chris Eaton’s precious help, a well known name in contemporary christian music, for having worked with great artists such as Amy Grant, Jaci Velasquez, Cliff Richards, Susan Ashton and many others. “From the moment I met Sara, I knew we had to work together. She, along with her lovely husband, Davide, shows a vulnerable, yet strong spirit of kindness, and peace, both in her life and through her music. Her heart of compassion for the Italian people, coupled with her deep desire to serve her loving heavenly father are portrayed beautifully on this album. It was my pleasure and honor to have been involved as deeply as I was. The songs are a journey reflecting Sara’s personal joys and struggles, and you are all invited to walk the journey with her, allowing her lovely voice to be a familiar friend throughout the journey.” – Chris Eaton
“Questa sono io” doesn’t aim to teach anything to anyone, but it is a bulk of thoughts and reflections that Sara applies first of all to herself, remembering that “If the LORD does not build the house, it is useless for the builders to work on it“.
Sara entered on tiptoe the music market and is now ready for it, looking forward to travel and talk about her work, without rolling drums or big shows. Do not expect to see spectacular concerts with a lot of musicians and dancers on stage. “My desire is“, she says, “to give a piece of me through this work, with a true, honest and vulnerable heart. People need to know that there is more to this life, something special, important and wonderful. They must know that there is Someone who loves them and this is Jesus Christ.”
God bless you,