MADISON VIOLET SET TO RELEASE
THE KNIGHT SESSIONS ON JUNE 2
DROP SAM SMITH INSPIRED FIRST SINGLE
WE ARE FAMOUS
ANNOUNCE CANADIAN TOUR DATES
‘Songwriting for us is about both art and preserving memories. Hopefully, in the process of writing, we find solid ground, some semblance of a quiet mind, and a place to heal.’
TORONTO, ON - April 13, 2017 - Brenley MacEachern and Lisa MacIsaac of Madison Violet are no strangers to tragedy, but finding a way to move through the dark to find a glimmer of light, has become a speciality of theirs. It seemed that bad luck had followed them around for nearly a decade. Brenley’s brother murdered in Toronto. Lisa’s brother killed in a car accident. Cancelled tours due to death and illness. And heartbreak. So they cleaned slate and took control of their life and career, and that is how The Knight Sessions came to be. Due out on June 2nd via Passenger Sounds/Fontana North, The Knight Sessions features a collection of 11 songs co-produced with their friend Tino Zolfo, and features the first single We Are Famous. Listen and share here: http://bit.ly/2pct6hs. The band will celebrate the release in Toronto on May 25th at The Rivoli, followed by various headlining dates and festivals through Ontario to the East Coast. Full details listed below.
For The Knight Sessions, the duo wanted to record 5 new songs and take 5 songs from their European release Year of the Horse, and rerecord them in their truest form. Acoustic. Bare boned. They felt that the songs were strong enough to stand on their own, on the front lines. The opening track, We Are Famous, came on the last day of a writing trip in L.A. It was a bit of a discouraging day, where two of the co-writing sessions were cancelled at the last minute, so Brenley and Lisa spent their morning split between a tennis court and a writing flat, writing on their own. Brenley was wearing her favourite hat with a We Are Famous logo on it and thought it sounded like a good title for a song.
‘Relationships take work. And the first step is finding the person who you want to do the work with. Lisa and I fight like hell at times, but when it comes time to get up on stage, we’re famous for being able to just let it all go. Our personal relationship dissolved almost 8 years ago, but the desire to make music together never stopped. In the middle of writing that song, we heard voices outside the flat. British accents. I lifted one of the slats in the blind to sneak a peak outside and standing there on the step, was Sam Smith. We heard later that evening, that he had been standing, listening to us singing for a few minutes, and that he said that ‘he was inspired’ when he heard us writing. That was inspiration enough for us to keep plugging away at the song.'
What’s The Story About Madison Violet?
Brenley MacEachern and Lisa MacIsaac are the two multi-instrumentalists who make up Madison Violet. Born in Montreal and raised in Kincardine, Ontario, Brenley used to spend her summers in Lisa’s hometown of Creignish, Nova Scotia, but they never met on the east coast. It was a chance meeting at a restaurant in Toronto, called the Greenroom, that set them on their musical journey, later finding out that not only did Lisa know Brenley’s extended family, but that their father’s sat next to one another in high school in Cape Breton. It was kismet. Since their fateful meeting in 1999, the pair has been nominated for numerous ECMA awards and a Juno award, won a Canadian Folk Award for Vocal Group of the Year, the Maxell John Lennon Songwriting grand prize, and many more. They have released 7 studio albums, as well as a live CD and DVD recorded in Köln, during one of their many European tours.
PROMO PHOTO: DOWNLOAD | ALBUM COVER ART: DOWNLOAD
WE ARE FAMOUS SINGLE ARTWORK: DOWNLOAD
The Knight Sessions Tracklisting:
We Are Famous
Don’t Let Your Heart Be Troubled
How We See Love
These Ships (Tz Mix)
Upcoming Tour Dates:
May 25 - Toronto, ON - The Rivoli
June 1 - Wakefield, QC - Blacksheep Inn
June 6 - Halifax, NS - The Seahorse Tavern
June 7-8 - Mount Stewart, PEI - Trailside Music Cafe
June 10 - Berwick, NS - Union St. Cafe
July 7-9 - Orillia, ON - Mariposa Folk Festival
July 15-16 - London, ON - Home County Festival
Aug 11-13 - Kingsville, ON - Kingsville Folk Music Festival
Aug 18-20 - Georgian Bay, ON - Summerfolk Festival