- LET ME SHOW YOU DUE OUT MAY 10 ON NEXT DOOR RECORDS -
TORONTO, ON - MARCH 1, 2019 - A fixture of Toronto’s music community and a sought-after collaborator, Lydia Persaud stands alone with her debut album Let Me Show You, due out on May 10 via Next Door Records, the new label from Outside Music. Today, she shares the title track from the album. ""Let Me Show You" is a call for people to listen and give space to those without a voice," says Lydia. Have a listen here.
Let Me Show You, recorded in Toronto with producer Robbie Grunwald (Donovan Woods, Jill Barber), is an album comprised of 11 songs that run the gamut from romance, to social activism, to anger: “The songs shift from being based in love and heartbreak to her personal encounters with race, and gender issues," shares Lydia. With Let Me Show You, Lydia draws inspiration from her musical heroes, such as Donny Hathaway, Bill Withers and Carole King, while touching on vital issues that deeply affect her. Her music melds genres while Lydia’s clear message shines through on the power of her unforgettable voice. The album includes previously released single, "Honey Child", watch the video here. Stay tuned for further announcements at www.lydiapersaud.com.
Lydia’s early influences sprang from singing in church. The vocal skills of her icons, Mariah, Aretha, Celine, Carole, Gloria, and Whitney, drew Lydia in to explore the soul genre. This influence ultimately reached into the recording studio where Lydia created Let Me Show You. “Soul music has always affected me the most, a soulful conviction on matters of the heart. Voicing struggle or sharing joy and celebration has always been my favourite method of expression.”
As a woman of colour from a Canadian-Guyanese-Ukrainian background, Lydia has actively sought to break stereotyped expectations of her identity through her music. She finds it empowering to disrupt assumptions that pigeonhole her in genres such as Folk: “Swaying far from those expectations by writing soul-based songs on the ukulele felt like I was carving out my own space. I always had a love for early country music and storytelling through song, which always kept me close to artists like Shania Twain and Stevie Wonder.”
In the past year Lydia has supported Serena Ryder, Joey Landreth, Donovan Woods, and recently joined Lindi Ortega, Terra Lightfoot & Begonia as a special guest on The Longest Road Show.
LET ME SHOW YOU TRACKLISTING
More of Me
Let Me Show You
Would You Believe
What's The Story about Lydia Persaud?
Lydia Persaud is a Toronto born & raised soul artist. Lydia’s sound expands the boundaries of soul to include both folk and jazz, styles that have been foundational to her musical growth. Lydia attended the rigorous jazz program at Humber School of Music, where she won the Oscar Peterson Jazz Award and connected with fellow members of the folk trio The O’Pears, whom she has been collaborating with for the past 7 years. Working in these styles honed Lydia’s mastery of sophisticated vocal harmony and blend, leading her to become an in-demand vocalist. Lydia has supported such icons as Gordon Lightfoot, David Crosby, and Lee Fields, as well as opened for Serena Ryder, Sarah Harmer, and Joey Landreth. She is also a member of renowned cover band Dwayne Gretzky.
Next Door Records
Next Door Records is the newest label from Outside Music Inc. The new brand will join Outside Music's artist management, publishing, and long-standing distribution divisions alongside their eponymous label