Profil #SMNBW2013 Profile – @JessicaRhaye

JessicaRhaye_72A deep sense of warmth and comfort permeates Far Gone Lullabies, the fourth album by Canadian singer-songwriter Jessica Rhaye, scheduled for release in fall 2013. The stunning collection showcases Jessica’s soaring, winsome vocals, as well as her versatile songwriting, including co-writes with Canadian indie staples such as Ron Sexsmith and Royal Wood.

Confident, yet relaxed, Far Gone Lullabies is the work of an artist who has come into her own. Its nine tracks display a playful range, from the contemporary folk opener It is All Right, to the closing cover of Four Strong Winds, Jessica’s bright, driving take on the Canadian songbook staple.

Folk-flavored, with threads of pop woven through, Far Gone Lullabies is Jessica’s third album produced and engineered by the award-winning duo of Ed Woodsworth and Jamie Foulds. It follows up her multi-award nominated Good Things (2010) and her sophomore release, Short Stories (2006), which saw her nominated for a Canadian Folk Music Award for Contemporary Singer of the Year

In a career that has spanned more than a decade, Jessica has played three continents, performing for everyone from Prince Charles to music-industry royalty as a Folk Alliance Official Showcase Artist in Memphis in 2010. That same year she graced the Atlantic Canada House Stage at the Vancouver Winter Olympics, and the East Coast Music Awards Concert Series in Sydney, N.S.

Her list of nominations runs long and deep, including a Canadian Folk Music Award and multiple East Coast Music Awards. She has won numerous Music New Brunswick Awards, and made the Canadian Music Week National Songwriting Finals in Toronto, as well the shortlist for several other Canadian and international songwriting competitions, including, the John Lennon Songwriting Contest.

Jessica has taken her music far from home, singing in Niger, Africa, at the Francophone Games, and touring the U.K. with Matt Andersen and Dave Gunning. A versatile live performer, she has graced stages big and small, including the famed Mariposa Folk Festival, a solo show in Hollywood, and a showcase at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Her songs have graced the small screen, too, featured on theCMT reality series, Unstable and CBC Television’s Heartland. Jessica was also a featured vocalist in the theme song for Taste Buds on TVO Kids.

Read Jessica’s complete bio on her website

Jessica Rhaye will be performing twice during Semaine MNB Week 2013. Do not her miss the Symphonic Unison Concert on Thursday, October 17 at 7:3o PM at the Théâtre Louis-Vermeesch (67, Ragged Point). During the Prix MNB Awards Gala, she will also pay tribute to Ken Tobias, who will be receiving the first MNB Directors Lifetime Achievement Award.

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