|Jenn Grant — Paradise (March 3rd, 2017)|
Jenn Grant — Paradise (March 3rd, 2017) χ♦ Singer~songwriter splits the difference between epic and intimate. Canadian songstress Jenn Grant has released four albums to her name garnering critical acclaim. This spring, Grant is embarking on a new adventure with her forthcoming EP Clairvoyant set for European release. This EP features the best of Grant debuting songs from AquaAlta (Grant’s undersea dream pop side project) a Leonard Cohen cover, reworked visions and new releases.
χ♦ “THE BEAUTIFUL WILD’S MOST ALLURING FEATURE IS JENN GRANT’S SMOKY, JAZZ~TINGED VOICE, NUANCED WITH AN EAST COAST FOLK SENSIBILITY.” ~ THE GRIDTO
χ♦ The two years of crafting and shaping, interrupted occasionally by the journeys of a busy touring musician on the road, gives Paradise a new dimension of sonic beauty and melodic landscapes that touches upon balladry, R&B and Electronic music along the way. Grant notes, “I also thought about my singing much more. I feel like I am a completely different artist from when I began performing. I don’t feel like I really heard my own voice until recently.”
Location: Lake Echo, Nova Scotia/Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Album release: 3 mars 2017
Record Label: Ba Da Bing Records
Genre: Indie Folk, Singer~Songwriter
01. Paradise 3:50
02. Galaxies 3:51
03. In My Dreams 3:38
04. Lion with Me 3:26
05. I Am a River 3:19
06. Hero 3:39
07. Dogfight 3:01
08. Rocket 3:28
09. Sorry Doesn’t Know 4:12
10. Working Girl 4:35
11. Legacy 3:45
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χ♦ Guitar: “It’s an Airline Tuxedo reproduction, made by Eastwood Guitars. I like that it’s based on a vintage guitar, and I like that it’s a Canadian company. It’s the first guitar I’ve bought online. We were on the road when it arrived at our house in the country. It sat on the porch for three days.”
(Fernando Morales/The Globe and Mail)
χ♦ Produced, Engineered and Mixed by Daniel Ledwell
χ♦ Jenn Grant // piano, synthesizer, vocals
χ♦ Daniel Ledwell // electric bass, guitar, piano, programming, synthesizer, vocals
χ♦ Michael Belyea // drumkit, programming
χ♦ David Christensen // clarinet, flute, saxophone
χ♦ Kyle Cunjak // cello, double bass
χ♦ Kinley Dowling // viola, violin
χ♦ Mastered by J. Lapointe at Archive Mastering
χ♦ Photography by Daniel Ledwell
χ♦ Original paintings by Jenn GrantPict:
χ♦ Sleep Accessories: “I’m obsessed with sleep. I have a sensitive voice, and proper rest is necessary. On the road, I need an eye mask. I need a glass of water, and I like to have earplugs close by in case it gets noisy, which it often does. I don’t like heat on or any air conditioning, because of my voice. I use a humidifier. And I like to have a fan on, for the white noise.” (Fernando Morales/The Globe and Mail)
JENN GRANT EXPANDS TO A GALACTIC REALM NEVER BEFORE EXPLORED BY THE SONGWRITER WITH PARADISE.
χ♦ Jenn Grant expands to a galactic realm never before explored by the songwriter with Paradise. While Grant’s 2014 JUNO twice nominated (Songwriter & Contemporary Album of the Year) Compostela, focused on Jenn’s own personal experience of loss, this time Grant points the compass towards the epic and intimate and explores a new depth of sound.
χ♦ “I wanted to explore new soundscapes,” Grant explains when describing how piano came to be the primary song~writing instrument. Grant created new shapes and colours with an array of new instrumentation and song collaboration with producer Daniel Ledwell. “I thought about my singing much more. I feel like I am a completely different artist from when I began performing. I don’t feel like I really heard my own voice until recently.”
χ♦ Paradise feels personal and emotive, but it was born from a vantage point of watching as the world flexes amidst great joy and sorrow. Through her lyrics, Grant tells us of the world she watches from a distance, touching on global themes like love, growth, faith, longing, sex, death and reinvention.
χ♦ With the International success of Compostela, Grant spent three years touring the world and playing to over 300 audiences, both festivals and in concert settings with sold out shows from London to Vancouver. Finally coming off the road, Grant retreated to the secluded studio by her home in Lake Echo, Nova Scotia. What emerged was Paradise an album that sees a new dimension in Grant’s songwriting with new depths of sonic beauty and melodic landscapes, touching upon balladry, R&B and electronic music along the way.χ♦ Paradise’s songs reach out with world~weary awareness, that’s most evident on lead single “Galaxies,” a song that is the aural equivalent of star~gazing. “I pictured people standing at the edge of the earth, hands outstretched, asking, ‘What is bigger than us, than any of this?’” Grant says.
χ♦ Jenn Grant’s voice and songwriting has been celebrated the world over by critics and industry alike. Described as one of the ‘best singers in the world’ by her ongoing collaborator, Buck 65 (CA), “captivating’ by The Line Of Best Fit (UK), and “work of a painter born in paradise” by The Sydney Morning Herald (AU).
χ♦ Jenn Grant’s Paradise is the most adventurous and deliberate work she’s ever done. Following 2015’s Juno nominations of Triple A Album Of The Year and Songwriter Of The Year for Compostela, Grant and husband Daniel Ledwell took a year in their home studio to craft an album of melodic beauty and sonic diversity. Grant displays the nuanced soulfulness in her voice, and touches on folk, R&B, and rock balladry. Paradise is the result of a talented, experienced musician employing all her abilities to lengths never before heard.
χ♦ 2017 release. Jenn Grant’s Paradise opens into an expanded realm never before explored by the songwriter. Following Compostela’s 2015 Juno nominations of Triple A Album Of The Year and Songwriter Of The Year, this latest adds to Grant’s usual insight and intimacy a whole new dimension of wisdom. Songs unfold gradually, guided by her nuanced and soulful voice, mining a deepened honesty that touches upon balladry, R&B and electronic music along the way. If her previous album was a window into an artist’s psyche, this one is a front row seat for the symphonic beauty and pain of life from the sage perspective of someone who has lived through both extremes. With her poetry firmly intact and a powerful lyricism honed over a decade, Grant takes new chances and explores new approaches on Paradise. She upends her entire songwriting approach, investing two years of crafting and shaping. Grant reaches a shared emotional experience with these songs, and this homemade album provides both melodic beauty and sonic diversity. What results is a talented, experienced musician employing all her abilities to lengths never before heard.
Website: http://www.jenngrant.com/ Pict:
χ♦ Daniel Ledwell: “He’s my husband and my producer and my driver and he’s in my band. I have all kinds of songs about him – he weaves in and out of my songwriting. Jenn Grant music is really Jenn Grant and Daniel Ledwell music, because he makes it sound like I want it to. So, he’s in my backpack.” Jenn Grant plays Kelowna, B.C., on Wednesday, Vancouver on Thursday. Other venues: www.jenngrant.com (Fernando Morales/The Globe and Mail)χ♦χ♦χ♦___________________________________________________χ♦χ♦χ♦
|Jenn Grant — Paradise (March 3rd, 2017)|