About Our Song
I make music to connect. To connect with myself, and to connect with you.
Three years ago, just before I was set to release my album Have A Heart, I got really sick. I found out I was sick for a happy reason. I was going to become a mother. I was excited, but it became apparent very quickly that it wasn’t a normal pregnancy. For ten months I was in and out of hospitals. My hopes and dreams of releasing my follow up album were disappearing as my belly grew. Finally, after a really difficult and complicated delivery I had a beautiful healthy baby boy! I felt the atomic love bomb of motherhood and my joy was full. But I didn’t heal the way everyone said I would. I stayed broken. I couldn’t tour. Music left me. I didn’t want to write songs or sing anymore.
I felt like I was the only one.
My baby boy was the shining new centre of my universe and I loved him with everything in me. I was surrounded by amazing friends and family. My HusBand and I had never been closer. We decided to have another baby. With our two beautiful boys our family was complete. We were happy.
But… Something was missing. I still felt like I was the only one. And then I realized. I had disconnected from myself. I had disconnected from you. I had disconnected from music. And I desperately needed those connections back. But how? How could I reconnect with you? How could I make the music I felt filling up my soul? How could I support my family and still be true to myself? And then it hit me.
My song because I write it.
Your song because it’s your story.
I’ve never heard of another artist like me offering this. But I want to write your song. I want to hear your story and find myself in it. I want to create something so beautiful for you, a personalized song you will treasure forever.
Stuff you should know about me:
I am a singer and a songwriter. I have written lots of songs. (I have lost track…) A few have made it onto my albums, The Cricket’s Orchestra (2009), It Snowed (2011) and Have A Heart (2014). In 2011 I won some awards (currently blushing while I talk about this) including a Juno for best new artist and some ECMAs for best Pop Recording. My album was nominated for the prestigious Polaris Prize. In 2015 I won an ECMA for best Video Of The Year for my song Have A Heart. Awards are cool… but they’re not why I make music.
I make music to connect. Music connects me to myself. It also connects me to you. I think it connects us all.
I have written so many songs for myself. I want to write your song now!
I have another website where you can check out all the other stuff I do… My previous musical releases, paintings, and writings.
Stuff you might want to know:
I am married to (and head over heels for) my producer and bandmate (he’s a wicked guitar/key player), Jason Mingo. I affectionately refer to him as my HusBand. 🙂 *ba-dum-tshh* We write, produce, and record songs in our home studio.
I write songs on my guitar and sometimes the ukulele and sometimes the piano.
I’ve had songs featured on major network TV shows like Gray’s Anatomy, Brothers And Sisters, One Tree Hill, The Astronaut Wives Club, and Working The Engels. My songs have also been featured in commercials for LCBO and Facebook.
My song Mirror was a semifinalist in the International Songwriting Competition.
I’ve toured North America and parts of the UK and have shared the stage with legends such as Sarah McLachlan, k.d. lang, Ron Sexmith.
I am not touring for the time being… Or maybe forever? Touring is really hard for me. I have two heart-stealing baby boys and I want them to have a beautiful life playing by the river, building forts in the forest, swimming in the ocean, and getting tucked into their own little cozy beds at night. Touring is awesome, but it’s airports and hotels and trains and vans and busses and while it’s incredible to go to new places and be on the road, it’s not for me and my family at this stage in our life.
Stuff you really don’t need to know. But anyway…:
I don’t read music. I feel it. I make it. I sing it. But I can’t read it. I have dyslexia that makes seeing tiny black notes on tiny black lines just look like little black bits of spaghetti and meatballs on paper.
One time I wrote a book about making my album, Have A Heart.
I do a lot of paintings.
I am inspired by inspiring things. Like emotions and relationships and people.
I feel the happiest when I’m with my family. I’m also the happiest when I’m singing a song that I know means something. Walking through the woods or finding seashell treasures by the ocean also makes me pretty happy. Doesn’t take much.
If I won the lottery and had like, fifty million dollars, I would still be doing what I’m doing. Making music and painting and loving my family and friends. Life is good.