Acclaimed folk-duo Kyra and Tully are grateful to announce the release of their brand new single ‘Love in All These Things’. The song, which celebrates family and community, as well as courage and perseverance, was inspired by a child who knows a thing or two about determination — Kyra and Tully’s own son, eight year old Kezyan who suffers from a rare disorder which causes him to have frequent seizures.
Based on a poem by Kingston poet, Matthew Reesor written for Kezyan and his parents, ‘Love in All These Things’ became a larger project as more and more people from Kingston’s vibrant art community got involved. “Kezyan was struggling with seizures and was having a hard time,” explains Kyra. “Matthew ﬁrst wrote the poem as a way of reaching out…because when the seizures ﬁrst started happening Keyzan was almost four years old, and a lot of our friends and family felt so helpless.”
“In our situation, every day presents its unique challenges. What was so inspirational about the poem is that it’s really about blessings in disguise,” says Kyra. “There is positive in everything, and beauty, even in difﬁcult times. It’s true. And with Kezyan, even when it’s hard and scary, we still see the love and gifts that shine through.”
The poem began to evolve into a song when Kyra and Tully decided to perform it at a musical fundraiser for a friend who was battling cancer. Backed by a band for the ﬁrst time, the song came to life. That’s when composer and media artist Matt Rogalsky (PS I Love You, The Gertrudes) stepped in to record and produce the song. It was later mastered by Peter J. Moore (Cowboy Junkies, Sloan).
In releasing the song as a single, Kyra and Tully hope to celebrate not only their son, but also the power of music to bring people together and to build community. They hope it will help people to feel that they are not alone in their struggles.
Kingston-based artists Kyra and Tully have been performing together since 2000. Their self-titled EP garnered acclaim as a Critic’s Pick and one of the top ten albums of 2006 in Toronto’s NOW Magazine and earned praise from Exclaim and on CBC and campus Radio. Their music has been featured on the popular television show, Degrassi: The Next Generation (2010). Kyra and Tully have played showcases at Toronto’s North by Northeast and as part of Canadian Music Week. They have performed with Bruce Cockburn, Jenn Grant, and Stephen Stanley (Lowest of the Low), among others.