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Blog Post: One to Watch - Charlotte Cardin

Blog Post: One to Watch - Charlotte Cardin
Her parents are scientists and at one time Charlotte planned to become a doctor. There were other influences. Growing up in Montreal, she took singing lessons. With her striking looks, Charlotte also fell into modeling and signed with Elite Model Management in Paris. But it was her second place showing on Quebec TV’s popular La Voix (a French version of The Voice ) that sealed Charlotte’s future in music. She began performing in intimate clubs and recorded Big Boy , a six-song EP that showcased her seductive voice and minimalist, jazz-tinged style. Language is no barrier. “I write a lot more in English, even though French is my first language,” she says. Now touring widely and finishing up h...
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Blog Post: Q&A with Nelly Furtado

Blog Post: Q&A with Nelly Furtado
It’s been a long, wonderful and sometimes challenging ride for Nelly Furtado since the multiple Grammy-winning singer arrived on the wings of her first hit, “I’m Like a Bird.” Her career has seen her top the charts numerous times with subsequent hits like “Promiscuous” and “Maneater,” while selling over 16 million records worldwide. Along the way, the native of Victoria, B.C. formed her own company, had a daughter, Nevis, recorded a Grammy-winning Spanish language album and devoted herself to her favorite charity, Free the People. But after her 2012 album, The Spirit Indestructible , Nelly wanted off the rollercoaster and took a five-year break. Now she’s back with a new album, The Ride , an...
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Music Review: Drake - More Life

Music Review: Drake - More Life
Drake’s Views sold more than any recording last year. Like much of his music, the album—right down to its cover photo of him sitting atop the CN Tower—was an homage to his hometown of Toronto. The “Hotline Bling” singer’s latest recording (which he calls a “playlist”) is full of references and guests from his beloved “6.” But the collection of 22 songs, with a recorded voicemail from his mother, Sandi Graham, and a retro cover photo of his dad, Dennis Graham, casts its musical net further afield, drawing from across the African diaspora. The playlist’s title is a Jamaican expression of encouragement and there’s a strong Caribbean vibe. Two tracks feature Atlanta rapper Young Thug, while the ...
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Blog Post: Jonathan Roy - Skating to Stardom

Blog Post: Jonathan Roy - Skating to Stardom
His father is hockey legend Patrick Roy, the Stanley Cup winning the goalie for the Montreal Canadiens and the Colorado Avalanche. And Jonathan seemed destined to follow in his father’s skates—until he caught the music bug. First he appeared as one of the leads in a theatrical production of Don Juan and then fell under the spell of artists like John Mayer. But everything changed for Jonathan when his dad introduced him in 2013 to music icon Corey Hart, who he says inspired him to become a “deeper, more versatile musician.” The “Sunglasses at Night” singer signed him to his Siena Records label and began collaborating with him in the studio. Last year, Jonathan saw two of his songs, the breezy...
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Blog Post: Whitney Rose - Northern Sweetheart, Southern Twang

Blog Post: Whitney Rose - Northern Sweetheart, Southern Twang
Her roots are in P.E.I., but Whitney Rose is blooming in Texas. Growing up, Whitney hung around her grandparents’ Charlottetown bar, listening to Dolly Parton and Patsy Cline on the jukebox. In 2011, she moved to Toronto, anxious to begin singing her own country songs. Everything changed when Whitney teamed up with Mavericks’ frontman Raul Malo, who produced her acclaimed Heartbreaker of the Year album and sang with her on a sweet cover of the Ronettes’ “Be My Baby.” Restless to dig deeper into classic country, Whitney packed her cowgirl hat and boots and relocated to Austin in 2015. “As soon as I moved there,” she says, “I fell in love with watching people dance.” She added: “Austin’s such ...
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Music Feature: Leon Redbone - The Cult of Redbone

Music Feature: Leon Redbone - The Cult of Redbone
For more than 25 years, Leon Redbone has been conjuring up the past with his Roaring Twenties show tunes and turn-of-the-century minstrel ditties. Wearing his trademark fedora and Groucho Marx moustache, he became a fixture on TV’s Saturday Night Live   and The Tonight Show   with Johnny Carson during the 1970s and ‘80s, when he attracted legions of fans and supporters, from Bonnie Raitt and Maria Muldaur to Tom Waits and Dr. John.  Another admirer, Bob Dylan, once told   Rolling Stone   magazine that if he ever formed his own record label, Leon Redbone would be his first signing. Now Dylan has complimented him again: several songs on Dylan’s latest album, the fine, ...
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Music Review: Rhiannon Giddens - Freedom Highway

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The talented singer-banjoist, currently starring in TV’s Nashville , is a previous Grammy winner and now has another Grammy nod as a solo artist. Her second album serves as a timely rallying cry in the worrying wake of the U.S. election, with soulful originals and the stirring title track, a cover of the Staple Singers’ 1965 civil rights anthem.
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