Toronto Singer-Songwriter Melanie Peterson Releases ‘Anywhere From Here’ at The Piston, March 16th

Melanie PetersonToronto singer-songwriter – referred to by BBC Radio as “Mary Poppins with
a broken heart” – launches her second full-length album ‘Anywhere From Here’
at The Piston in Toronto on March 16, and releases new video for the first
single “Fallback Plan”

“Melanie Peterson is destined for great things. With aching vibrato that
reminds one of early Joni Mitchell she weaves the stories of her life into
her music with effortless ease.” ~ Beaches Living.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 22, 2016

[Toronto, ON] – Toronto singer, songwriter and actress Melanie Peterson releases her second full-length album ‘Anywhere From Here’ at The Piston in Toronto (also available on iTunes March 16). Special guest opener is Toronto’s Bri-Anne Swan.

Peterson also launches her first single and video (track three) from the new CD titled “Fallback Plan”. The video was directed by Nathaniel Fox-Pappas at Khemical Kiss Productions, Toronto.

With Peterson’s guitar driven, optimistic love songs and lilting voice, ‘Anywhere From Here’ continues to embrace her folk-pop influences. It was recorded in Toronto at Slaughterhouse 754, and, as with two of Peterson’s prior records (2013’s first full-length album ‘Unbreakable’ and 2014’s six-song cover EP ‘Read It On The Radio’), it was produced and engineered by Mitch Girio (Morgan Doctor, Dave Borins, Emma-Lee, David Newland and Kirsten Jones).

WHO:  Melanie Peterson and band members (all of whom performed on the new
album); Mitch Girio (guitar/backing vocals), Peter Collins (bass/backing vocals) and Peter Lambert (drums/violin/backing vocals).

WHERE:  The Piston, 937 Bloor Street West, Toronto, ON, M6H 1L5.

WHEN:  Wednesday, March 16, 2016; doors 8:00 p.m., opener 8:30 p.m., headliner 9:00 p.m.

HOW MUCH:  $10.00 at the door.

ARTIST QUOTE:  Melanie Peterson states, “Anywhere From Here isn’t just about music, Melanie Peterson Anywhere From Hereit’s about knowing you can get anywhere from where you are, no matter where that is. I’m so excited for the CD release party! I feel like I’ve been waiting for centuries for this show. I’m so glad we’re at this point and people can celebrate with the band and I, as we play all the songs live and in the order they appear on the album.”

FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/924327417664323

ARTIST INFO: http://melaniepeterson.ca

Peterson earned her spot within Toronto’s independent music scene when she was invited to host and perform her original songs in the monthly female singer-songwriter night called Girls Girls Girls at the renowned Cameron House (September 2010 to December 2012), and in March 2012 when she initially showcased at Canadian Music Week. She was invited back to perform two showcases at CMW 2013 and in that same year she launched her first full-length album ‘Unbreakable’ in Toronto. Melanie followed that up with a
triumphant NXNE showcase in June and a successful Southern Ontario tour.

MEDIA QUOTES:

“Melanie Peterson’s final performance at Sauce on the Danforth in Toronto for 2015 went out ‘like a Lion’. It was a free gig but it certainly came under the heading of ‘Bang for your Buck’. This is an artist who knows how to entertain an audience, playing three 45 minute sets to a packed house of admiring fans.” ~ Frank Mcfadden, Snapd Beach/Danforth

“A melodically enchanting songwriter and musically adept guitarist, she has the crowd eating out of her hand. I’d call her music smooth pop as it is as inviting as it is sweet.” ~ Gary 17, Toronto Moon Magazine

“I’ve been a fan of Melanie Peterson’s songwriting since first hearing her just over three years ago and subsequently listening to her wonderful After The Fall cd. My favourite tune from that album is “Unbreakable”, which I regard as her signature tune and first ‘hit’.” ~ Gary 17, Toronto Moon Magazine, April, 2013

“If you are looking for super live music, check out Melanie Peterson, a terrific singer and songwriter. She sounds just as good live as she does on her album.  She has a beautiful voice and her songwriting is tops too.” ~ Joe Warmington, Toronto Sun, May 2011

“…we have very much enjoyed playing a variety of tracks from ‘Unbreakable’, Melanie’s first full length CD release and my Saturday morning listeners have been quick to let us know they enjoy what Melanie does!” ~ Monica Winfield, host, BBC Radio Leicester, 2013

“Unbreakable is a definite feel good album, and Melanie’s soft but not overly tender vocals lays out each song within the distinct genre form as the songs on Unbreakable range from Jazz, Pop, Folk and even a bit of Pop/Rock.” ~ Matt Hartwick, Kingston Music Reviews, 2013

“I can hear the Joni Mitchell influence in her voice, but there is a significant difference between the two—Joni’s voice is cool, introverted and detached, whereas Melanie’s is warmth personified. She has the ability to imbue her vocals with palpable emotion without going over the top.” ~ Altrockchick.com

ABOUT:

Blessed with a voice reminiscent of an early Joni Mitchell, and an ability to imbue her vocals with palpable and authentic emotion, Saskatoon born, Toronto based singer-songwriter and actress Melanie Peterson – standing on the edge of her second full-length release ‘Anywhere From Here’ – has nimbly become one of the brightest lights on the Toronto music scene. Previously, she has released a five song EP called ‘After the Fall’ (2010), her first full-length album ‘Unbreakable’ (2013) and a six-song cover EP titled ‘Read It On The Radio’ (2014).

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Jazz-Latin/Pop Singer-Songwriter Deborah Ledon Releases the Timeless and Elegant ‘Diving For Pearls’

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
September 17, 2014

Jazz-Latin/Pop Singer-Songwriter Deborah Ledon Releases the Timeless and Elegant ‘Diving For Pearls

Jazz-Latin/Pop Singer-Songwriter Deborah Ledon

“The Vancouver-based singer-songwriter is as extraordinary as her life story.”

AllAboutJazz.com

“You must only use your powers for good!”
Phillip Ditchburn, Producer, CBC Hot Air

[Vancouver, BC]  If Diana Krall, Sade and Gloria Estefan had a “thing”, Deborah Ledon would certainly be the lovechild of their ménage a trois!

A little bit jazz, a sprinkling of pop sensibility, with a touch of smooth and fiery passion to top it off; Ledon has chosen to follow her heart when it comes to music.

Over her career, she has performed throughout Canada and the United States, as her adaptable voice has garnered opportunities in rock, funk, country, blues, Big Band and jazz bands.

She has shared the stage with music legends Paul Anka and Mike Reno of Loverboy; was the grand finale at the 2010 TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival; represented Canada at the Cultural Olympiad during the 2010 Winter Olympics, and performed at CBC Radio 1 for a nation-wide broadcast.

Now, 10 years after the release of her award winning debut, Spilling Inside Out, which she wrote, produced, financed and distributed, Ledon is back revealing another facet of herself with the timeless and elegant, Diving For Pearls.

Taking much loved classics (standouts include Joni Mitchell’s “Help Me” and Eden Ahbez’ “Nature Boy”) and giving them a modern approach, Deborah and her accomplished band will project images of dancing by firelight with someone you love running through your mind. Diving For Pearl’s Spanish and English songs not only touch a nerve but will have you “visualizing” jazz.  Ledon’s voice touches one deeply hinting of past obstacles, now overcome. Her vulnerability is palpable; her original tracks are melodic and with her phrasing and unique Spanish accent, delightful. And she purposefully misspelled “Te Estraño” to highlight the misstep of Love. Strung together like a priceless strand of pearls, these songs are Deborah’s conversation with you, the listener.

The album design/packaging is eye-catching with its subtle reveal of the Deborah Ledon Diving For Pearlsartist with each panel opened, allowing us to dive deeper into the singer until we reach that brilliant crimson inside Ledon’s soul.

Deborah Ledon has earned Vancouver’s “Best Of The City: 2013” for her entertaining and engaging show. Her radiant smile and sassy, sultry, confident stage persona make her one artist you won’t want to overlook.

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New Album: http://cdbaby.com/cd/deborahledon3
Website: www.deborahledon.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DeborahLedonMusic
Twitter: https://twitter.com/DeborahLedon
CBC Music: http://music.cbc.ca/#/artists/Deborah-Ledon


MEDIA ENQUIRIES
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613-531-9549 (office)
613-453-2419 (cell)

Up Above My Head by Steven Jackson

CD REVIEW
STEVEN JACKSON
UP ABOVE MY HEAD
Indie
2008

3.0 stars

Music appreciation is a very subjective thing. One man’s Springsteen is another man’s Strummer and one woman’s Baez is another’s Mitchell. Kingston, Ontario’s Steven Jackson has been a musician for many years and has recorded 12 tracks of respectable indie folk, slow to mid-tempo, mainly acoustic ballads on Up Above My Head. This is unadulterated Canadian folk music by an über-nasally singer whose voice reverberates like those classic folk singers you remember from the 60s. Jackson’s voice is an acquired taste but I have found that the more I listen to Up Above My Head, the more I enjoy it.

Influenced by The Beatles, Peter Gabriel, Cat Stevens, John Hiatt, and Joni Mitchell among others, Steven Jackson’s mature, opinionated lyrics are written with conviction while the singer searches for context and meaning in life by asking for answers to questions that many of us ask. Why is the world in the state it’s in? (Please Tell Me Why) Why do some people choose to kill in the name of God? (My God) Why do the elderly have to fight to maintain relevance in today’s culture? (You Are Done) Why do so many people live in isolation in their homes? (We’re Alone) He asks the questions but he doesn’t give us any answers here, he simply makes us think about them ourselves.

From the title track:

Up above my head there is blue sky
Below my feet there is dark
Somewhere in the middle there is me
Lost in thought.
Trying to make sense of a crazy world
When nothing makes sense to me at all
We’re all just looking for the answers
Hoping for more.
Is this all there is?
What happens when we die?
Do the bad souls descend to Hell?
While the good souls rise to the sky…..ah Heaven.
Are we just Pawns on a giant chess board?
Being moved by some power above
Are we just actors on a stage looking for love?
Walking blindly nowhere to go
Watching ourselves as we age and grow
Staring in the mirror
Staring at the sky
Waiting to die.

Jackson reflects considerably on death:

“Death is a theme I find very interesting in life, I have been obsessed with death even as a child. Probably because so many loved-ones close to me have passed away. You cannot help but be affected by it. Death is a constant in my life. As you grow older the reality of death grows closer, I hate the idea of aging and dying but again it is something you have no control over. That isn’t to say I am not going to fight it, I will try, but the idea of death haunts me night and day, and it seems that for me there is no escaping it.”

Fear not though, this isn’t all morose retrospection. He writes and sings about the loves of his life, from his best friend (My Best Friend, which includes a beautiful guitar solo) to his wife (I Just Want To Tell You Something) and expresses gratitude for those who have made life worth living.

The piano in And The Wind Will Take You There is a welcome addition, reminiscent of Bruce Hornsby, and arrives after the half way point in the album. It’s one of my favourite tracks along with Upon The Sea but to be honest with you this isn’t a CD that will stay in my player for very long because I am not in love with his voice.

Jackson has a musical collaborator in David Barton who contributes lead guitar, bass, keyboards and drums and also served as producer. Up Above My Head is a stronger collection for his involvement and this album is a fine legacy for Jackson to leave to his children.