LYDIA PERSAUD ANNOUNCES DEBUT EP LOW LIGHT OUT OCTOBER 20, 2017
TORONTO ALBUM RELEASE SHOW SET FOR OCTOBER 25th AT THE BURDOCK
“Lydia’s openness and musical intuition contributes to her strong song writing. I wish nothing but the best for this rising voice, and look forward to having listeners hear the raw emotion and strong story telling that Lydia brings to the table in ‘Low Light’.” - Royal Wood
TORONTO, ON - AUGUST 23, 2017 - Raised on a healthy dose of the country music narrative and the spiritual motivation of gospel hymns, Toronto songstress Lydia Persaud is reconnecting with her roots on her debut EP Low Light. Set for an independent release on October 20th, Lydia is thrilled to share the first single and title track off the album. Listen and share here: https://soundcloud.com/lydia-persaud/low-light. Lydia will celebrate the release of the album with a hometown show on October 25th at the Burdock. She’ll be joined by special guest Ken Yates. Tickets are available now at http://burdockto.com/musichall/. Stay tuned for more tour dates, and new live videos at www.lydiapersaud.com.
Lydia’s debut album features four stunning tracks produced by Robbie Grunwald (Good Lovelies, Jill Barber) and captured live to tape. One can truly hear Lydia’s exceptional vocal delivery from the first note on opening track Turning In. “After singing with different bands for many years, making this album was extremely cathartic;” Lydia shares. “Low Light is about overcoming pain in heartbreak and coming out stronger at the end of the day. So many of the albums that I love have been recorded straight to tape, honouring the honesty and authenticity that the music that can be equally conveyed in a live performance. I hope that my music can live up to that standard while remaining honest and relatable for its listeners.”
Producer Grunwald expands on the production of the album by sharing: “Lydia writes classic songs that speak directly to everyone’s personal experiences, and her vocal delivery is stunning. When we set out to make this recording we wanted to highlight these qualities. Most records these days are done on a computer where editing is as much a part of the process as playing and writing the music.” Grunwald elaborates further by saying; “To honor the music, we chose to record everything straight to tape with no computer involved. This forced us to sit in the room and play complete takes and the sound brings out the richness and timelessness of Lydia’s incredible voice and songs.”
What’s The Story about Lydia Persaud?
Winner of the 2013 Oscar Peterson Award, Lydia has had an active involvement in the Toronto music scene since her graduation from Humber College's Jazz program. After performing internationally with The O'Pears and Dwayne Gretzky, and backing artists such as Lee Fields, Jill Barber, Royal Wood, Jadea Kelly and Karl Wolf, Lydia has emerged with her own voice in the world of folk-soul.
Low Light features many of Canada's finest musicians such as Grunwald, Joel Schwartz (Birds of Chicago), Josh Van Tassel (Great Lake Swimmers), and Drew Jurecka (Jill Barber). Lydia's intimate songwriting paired with subtle instrumentation inspired by her process of writing with voice and baritone ukulele is a highlight of the EP. Influenced by songwriters Eva Cassidy, Michael Kiwanuka and Ray Lamontagne, Lydia combines folk story-telling with a soulful vocal delivery.
TORONTO ALBUM RELEASE SHOW
WHEN: Wednesday, October 25, 2017
WHERE: Burdock Music Hall - 1184 Bloor St. West, Toronto, ON
DOORS: 6 pm - Show Begins at 6:30 pm
FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE: https://www.facebook.com/events/1897597690504222/
Tracklisting for Low Light:
1. Turning In
2. Low Light