Born in Connecticut, United States, Nagourney learned how to play the piano at the age of five. She got her start in the music industry as a teen folk singer in Connecticut. Later, she became a jazz singer while studying at Oxford University and performed at various college events. While a student at Oxford, Nagourney performed regularly at the famous London restaurant, Langan's Brasserie, which was immortalized in the film: The Cook, The Thief, His Wife & Her Lover. She also performed often at the historic Blitz Club in London, which spawned many important artists, including Adam Ant and Duran Duran.
Early on, Nagourney was receiving stellar press reviews from such noted publications as Melody Maker, Time Out, and The Sunday Telegraph (UK), while she performed in clubs and festivals in Europe and Asia. One such review by Michael James in Melody Maker stated: "The arrival of a vocalist so sensitive and intelligent an artist as Sarah Nagourney is an event well worth signaling."
After graduation and a few years in the UK, Nagourney decided to move to New York City where she had a number of bands. This culminated in a record deal on Invasion /Influx Records back in the UK with her pop band, The Glass Beat Game. It was then that Nagourney found her art pop voice. They released three different singles: "Pleasure," "Do You Remember?" and "Tell Me." The music video for "Pleasure" gained critical attention.
After a few years in the UK, she returned to New York City, signed a record deal and released a solo album with Polystar Records[ (Japan) entitled Realm of My Senses. This record featured members of Peter Gabriel's band, including Tony Levin and Jerry Marotta. Her album acquired substantial acclaim. Nagourney toured extensively for The Realm of My Senses, and after a few years, she decided she wanted to switch gears from pursuing her solo career to focusing on writing for and with other artists.
As a full-time songwriter, Nagourney has written with an array of artists and producers, including Chris Difford (Squeeze), Phil Thornalley (The Cure, Bryan Adams), Steve Booker (Duffy, Natalie Imbruglia, John Newman), Polina Goudieva (Steve Aoki, Eminem), Steve Daly (Pink, JLS) and Isaac Hasson (Demi Lovato, Selena Gomez).
Some notable cuts include ″A Thousand Times″ from Oh Honey's Atlantic Records release, Wish You Were Here, ″Who Am I Supposed To Love″ by Wynonna, and Carnie Wilson's duets album with her father, Brian, called ″Wings of Dreams.″
She has recently been involved in the careers of Polina Goudieva (Felix Jeahn) and Peta Jeffress (Atlantic Records), while developing Alec Chambers, a young up-and-coming singer/songwriter. Her work with Alec Chambers has been fundamental in his ascension as a young pop artist. Nagourney co-wrote all of the songs on Alec’s EP, titled ″Whole Again,″ which was released in March 2015.
Upcoming releases will include ″Shadowboxing″ by Zen Freeman with Polina on Tiesto's Black Hole Records and Alec Chambers' ″Do You See Me″ (Mind's Eye) on Glassbeat Records, a collaboration with the Nashville fixture Aaron Espe.
She resides in New York City.
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