Sabrina Starke is one of the most original soul talents of the Netherlands. Her patience and determination to let her talent mature in a slow fashion, has certainly contributed to her originality. Starke (1979) started singing in bands when she was fifteen. In 2005 she decided to go solo. After working hard for many years, a number of successful TV performances finally delivered her a contract with Blue Note. But the label had by no means signed a malleable starlet. Starke knew exactly what she wanted: to record an authentic, personal soul album. And her approach was victorious: her debut album Yellow Brick Road (2008) reached platinum status. The singer-songwriter also received two Edison awards. Last fall saw the release of her second album, Bags & Suitcases, again on Blue Note. This time, Starke composed her songs for the guitar, making the CD sound even more melodious and organic. Although born and raised in Rotterdam, Starke recorded the album in Miami with producer Pete Wallace, who has worked with P!nk and Herbie Hancock.