You may recognize her smooth vocals from her time as the female character Kezia from Protest The Hero’s album of the same name. Her sound has been described as “pure Canadiana” by Tom Power of CBC Radio, and is a mix of country sounds and city spirit. We think she’ll fit right in when she visits Calgary on October 22 when she plays with the newly re-formed The Greg Cockerill Band for their CD release at the Ironwood. We caught up with the Ontario native about her first show in YYC.
How would you describe your music?
Canadiana roots music would be the best way of describing my music. A strong amount of Emmy Lou Harris and The Band seeps through.
Can you tell me a bit of background about your musical training and how you ended up in this career?
I grew up in the growing suburb of Whitby, ON, located 45 min from Toronto. I sang from an early age and placed myself in every musical strain-school musicals, talent shows, church choirs and even fiddle contests. Once I began playing the guitar I soon discovered my love for songwriting and the strength of my voice.
What can people expect from your Calgary show?
People can expect brand new material, a full band and lilting country songs. They can also expect the wonderful Greg Cockerill and his new release “Festuca.”
Is this your first show in Calgary?
Aside from having family in Calgary, I have yet to actually play there. The Ironwood venue is legendary and I eagerly await the show.
Any exciting plans coming up? Are you working on a new album?
Plenty of exciting plans this fall and in the new year, one being a new album that I have named “Clover”. The songs are all complete and the studio has been picked out.
What’s one object/item you can’t tour without?
Lik-A-Stick candy. The jumbo pack. When good coffee is scarce on the Trans Canada Highway, Lik-A-Stick does the trick! They should sponsor me immediately.
Do you have a favourite place to eat/drink/visit in Calgary?
I suppose I’ll have to find a favorite place. If you have any suggestions please let me know. However, I’ve heard some pretty great things about the Ironwood—great beer and great food.
What are five words you would use to describe Calgary?
1) Cows 2) towns 3) belts 4) cowboy hats 5) beer.