“Settle in for the ride – it’s gonna get moody.”
With that playful warning, singer/songwriter Deni Gauthier introduces his ambitious new collection of songs and stories, Passenger.
Self-produced in Gauthier’s St. Thomas, Ontario Studio, Passenger is a concept album that weaves Deni’s musings on life, love, and relationships together with stories about characters dealing with change, both positive and negative.
“You live and die a passenger,” Deni explains. “But you can live such a cool and meaningful life. That’s what this record is about.”
Deni is known for his lush but understated songwriting and singing style. He makes effective use of his looping station, as well as ambient guitar noises that add texture to his often haunting melodies. Like his other CDs, Passenger is an ode to beauty and restraint, with insightful lyrics drawn from real experience.
“I wrote these songs with an old campfire guitar, walking up and down the street watching my kids last summer,” he says. “Lyrically, they’re definitely the strongest songs I’ve written.”
Deni’s previous full-length CDs include Quiet Town (2014), i (am) hope (2012), and Man About Town (2011). His songs have been played frequently on CBC Radio 1, and singles including Into the West and All I Really Want have reached top-10 status on radio stations across Canada. He has been nominated for many awards, including several prestigious Jack Richardson Music Awards in the Contemporary Singer/Songwriter category. He tours often, and has shared with the stage with artists including Jason Collett, Ron James, Linda McRae, Irish Maythen The 77s, Craig Cardiff, Kerosene Halo, and many others.
Yessica Woahneil is stirring up her sounds for the birth of her second album, following the debut Cheekbone, and meditating on her work as a multi-platform musician. Hailing from London, Ontario Yessica Woahneil’s sound has been echoing across the southern part of the province leaving audiences floored by her perfect combination of soul, folk, lo-fi and pop vibrations. Influenced by a rich and vast musical map, she has picked up the electric guitar and started dabbling in some drum power with the excellent Juliette Grasso, performing as YESS WOAH.
Hillary watson, Renee coughlin and Noelle coughlin all grew up together. Their parents were good friends and discovered that they were both pregnant with sets of twins, only a couple of months apart. All born into musical families, camping trips always involved music around the campfire. After years of experiencing some life adventures on their own, they have rekindled that musical friendship they had growing up. Drummer and friend, Steve Plimmer, has now joined the group grounding the band with a rhythm steeped in a varied musical background. Drawing on their love of choral music, performing arts and an eclectic mix of country, rock, blues and story telling folk tunes, this trio has their own unique message to share.