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Growing up on the Prairies, singer-songwriter Cassidy Mann has been singing since she could talk. Her parents bought her a guitar as a birthday present when she was 9. By 14, she started taking songwriting more seriously and her emerging talent led to a nomination for Aboriginal Recording of the Year at the Western Canadian Music Awards. Still, she felt uncertain about the next step.
“In my early teens, I wasn’t sure what music was going to be for me,” she says. “I was writing and playing shows a lot. After high school, I studied film for awhile and worked in restaurants. I definitely meandered a bit before really deciding that this is what I was going to do.”
By entwining her acoustic roots with gentle electronic textures, Mann finds her true voice on Election Night’, as well as her upcoming single Stop a Heart’. Both are co-produced with Roman Clarke. As a lyricist, she often reshapes a small moment into a powerful and poetic song that feels both personal and relatable.
It’s a new era for Kris Ulrich.
An incredible producer, musician, co-writer, road warrior, and friend, Kris is connective tissue in his community. A Daniel Lanois-esque man of many talents, his sonic fingerprint can be heard throughout a powerful musical movement happening in the middle of Canada and beyond. He has a hand in projects by Boy Golden, Field Guide, Cassidy Mann, Roman Clarke, Fontine, Dweller and more. From collaborations with a fertile collection of creators, he has found a new sonic voice for himself.
Kris’ new songs are built with a new sonic palette: production and songwriting built on driving drum machines, woozy synth layers, dogged hooks, and a clear lyrical voice. The songs are both hopeful and melancholic, simultaneously holding reflections of a dusty past played on old tape machines and the surging brightness of future possibility – all while sewn together with a tongue-in-cheek self-awareness.
It harkens back to sounds from the late 2000s (see: Kings of Leon, The Stills, Wilco) and touches on newer folks like Ethan Gruska, Sam Evian and The War on Drugs. His past releases have been radio favourites and these new songs will be no different.”
Taylor Jackson is a songwriter and actor from Toronto who lives in Winnipeg. She's inspired by poetry and her friends.