Melissa Lauren Quartet on Syncspace Live
With Mike Manny, Mike Herring and Anthony Michelli
"'My Voice', the upcoming album, is about making sure we are all heard. Full stop. The barriers that get in the way of the voice being carried continue to prevail. Recognizing the privilege I hold, this is one artist’s perspective of some of the ways the voice interacts with the world, other people, and its own body and mind. Written in semi-seclusion during the pandemic, it became clear that many of us were living in microcosms of the world..inside of our homes. Relationships ruptured or grew closer. Many lived in longing and loneliness with only a screen to talk to. Some took the opportunity to put the outside world aside and snuggle in. Some of the privileged remain privileged while others were not as lucky, and glaring disparities in the world continue to show their gaping wells.
The album features a variety of stories; there is a song about amplifying the voice, a song about two people getting lost from each other while sitting in the same car. In one tune, a battered woman murders her husband, as per the advice of a bird that sits on her shoulder. There are songs about stopping everything to hug, and one about two jailbirds having one more moment of fun before being taking away into cuffs and masks. There are songs that simply feel good on the voice; silky jazz put through a pop sieve; I may have even written some alternate verses. Of course, I had to attempt to cover two of my favourite Canadian songwriters: Rufus Wainwright and Jann Arden. I can't wait to hear what you think!
Produced by multi-instrumentalist and bass player extraordinaire, Tyler Emond (Tyler Shaw, Alessia Cara, Matt Dusk) the album mixes sounds of folky-pop, dreamy 60's, and desert synth to create a distinct flavour that settles somewhere between the new and the old.
Working with Tyler has been one of the most amazing musical experiences of my life. He immediately understood every vague and distorted thought I had for the project and expertly created a vision that we both shared. His instinct, creativity, and foresight were not dwarfed by his attention to detail and organization. I am so excited to share what he has done to my music, rather, the music that we created from my stories.
A very special thanks to Nathan Hiltz (guitar) and David MacDougall (drums/percussion) for you patience, and willingness to go many extra miles to layer your extraordinary sound to the album. I value you not just as colleagues but as friends (and husband:)
A very heartfelt thanks to FACTOR Canada for making this project possible. Stay tuned for details on the release date, and...music videos!
Thank you for all your support and for listening, take care of each other out there!"