GABRIELLE PAPILLON at Wilser's Room (Fredericton) - Thu Apr 16 2015 at 8:00 pm

Thu Apr 16 2015 at 8:00 pm
Doors on Thu Apr 16, 2015 at 7:00 pm
Show on Thu Apr 16, 2015 at 8:00 pm
Show Ends on Thu Apr 16, 2015 at 10:30 pm
The Capital Bar
362 Queen Street Fredericton, NB

Hailed as "one of finest new songwriters in Canada," (Tom Power, CBC) singer-songwriter Gabrielle Papillon sings stories real and imagined. Words, melancholy melodies, and lush harmonies are her currency.

In 2001 Papillon released her first album 'Songs for a Rainy Day' before taking an eight year hiatus from music to complete her BA and MA degrees in English Literature and History. Papillon released 'The Wanderer' in January 2010 and 'The Currency of Poetry' in October 2011, which hit a number of "Best Of" lists and landed in !Earshot's Top 20 National Chart for Folk/Roots.

Her fourth album, 'Little Bug', was nominated for a 2013 ECMA for Folk Recording of the year, and three Music Nova Scotia Awards (SOCAN Songwriter of the Year, Folk Recording of the Year, and Female Artist Recording of the Year) after spending three months in the national Earshot charts. Little Bug was also named one of the Top 12 Albums of 2012 on CBC Radio's Atlantic Airwaves and Papillon was a Mountain Stage Newsong Regional finalist in 2012 for the song 'Go Into the Night.' Her music has been featured on CBC's Deep Roots, Vinyl Café, and Drive and her songs have also appeared in film and television in Canada, Australia, and the United States.

Produced by multiple award-winner Daniel Ledwell, Papillon's fifth offering 'The Tempest of Old' is big and dark, orchestral and defiant. Rife with a purposeful swampy, gothic underpinning, her new album will be released in March of 2015.

Gabrielle Papillon

After nearly 10 years in music-that's six albums, two home bases, countless cross-Canada tours, dozens of flights across the ocean and back-Gabrielle Papillon is looking at a life in music differently. She's pulling the balance back, away from endless touring and grant paperwork and toward her favorite part about music: The creation of it.

Gabrielle has in recent years turned to co-writing with other writers and producers for their own projects, for sync placement, and to present to other artists. That process includes taking those trans-Atlantic flights to write with multiple producers and songwriters in the UK, finding a special knack with Jonas Persson, and back home in Halifax, Nova Scotia with the likes of pop mastermind Corey LeRue.

What has happened, quite unintentionally, is a new passel of songs for her own catalog, in addition to the more than 30 collaborations she's worked on. Writing songs for strangers-culling from Gabrielle's own life experiences-has offered an openness writing songs solely for herself had not. There is no expectation of genre, or voice, or theme: All that matters is this song, in this moment. So she's kept some for herself.

Without the framework of an album to consider-though that will come, stay tuned-Gabrielle approached each new track as its own record: What was the song's intent? What is the sound it needs? Who would be the right producer to get that sound? Why wait two years to have a finished album when you can build it one song at a time, offering the songs as a whole work once they've had time to marinate? As she's reframed her life in the music business, so too has she reframed the making of the music itself, and she's found a new freedom.

"I am a songwriter first, and I am happiest when I am writing," she says. "That is my greatest skill. And in this new journey of harnessing it for projects outside of my own artist career, I've found some amazing collaborators and discovered a new and unrestrained way of writing for myself. I'll always play shows and be a performer, but I don't see the sense in touring for the sake of touring. I want tours and shows to be special and worthwhile."

Find your freedom in the song, in this moment. It's the same voice, it's just getting bigger.

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