Star of country music Dean Brody was born and raised in British Columbia, now residing in Chester, Nova Scotia. As a BC boy, Dean worked in a sawmill while honing his guitar skills and writing songs. He was offered a recording contract in 2008 and launched his career. Since then he has done exceptionally well, planting a total of 18 songs into the Billboard Hot 100. “Canadian Girls” broke into the Top 40 and was certified platinum. “It’s Friday” and “Bounty” have struck gold. The latter reached #1 on BDS Country. Brody’s third album Dirt was his best seller, certified gold. His last, Crop Circles, received the JUNO Country Album of the Year Award.
Dean Brody’s new album Gypsy Road (Open Road Recordings) is his fifth and mounted the iTunes Top 10 upon release. “Upside Down” heralded the LP. Like his past works, the album was produced by Matt Rovey. Dean gives us a new batch of beautiful songs with engaging lyrics strengthening his foothold at the forefront of Canadian country. iTunes
London’s Meaghan Smith has boldly channelled her signature vintage style into the field of popular music on third album, Have a Heart. Back in 2009, Meaghan succeeded in attracting attention (and a JUNO Award) for trudging off the beaten path and making antique flavoured music in The Crickets Orchestra. Five years later, she faced a dilemna: does she continue the same vibe running the risk of things going stale or go mainstream and possibly lose a number of her core fans? She has played it smart by combining the vintage with the modern.
Generally, we hear the former in the writing and the latter in the production. More accurately, though, while all contain elements of both, some of the individual tracks veer more towards the classic and others towards the current. The best example of the latter is perhaps the title-track, a Hot 100 charting single. Our favourite example of the former is “The Moon Makes a Fool of Me” which greets us like a freshly built barbershop but with 60-year-old décor. “Je t’aime” oozes with lush beauty. Finger-snapper “Friends Like You” swings with vintage glory while being perked up by some bass synth. Booming anthem “Mirror” is another standout track, and the album includes an acoustic version of it. Making Have a Heart may have been a bold move for Meaghan Smith, but it sure has paid off in the final analysis. Lyric video for “Friends Like You” embedded below. iTunes
The Canadian Music Blog wishes to take this opportunity to offer a huge congratulations to George Leach on winning the JUNO for Aboriginal Album of the Year for Surrender which is an amazing piece of work. While containing some fabulous rock tunes, ballad “Intent” is one of the most beautiful songs we’ve ever heard. George released his first album in 2000 and is from Lillooet, BC. He is St’at’imc which belongs to the Interior Salish peoples. He is also an actor having appeared in a number of television movies and series. We have embedded below an interview with George Leach from JUNO TV which is very inspiring as you will see. What a wonderful man. Surrender is available on iTunes and on CD. We highly reccomend it.