Promoting her new album, Far Gone Lullabies (Fontana North) set for release October 1st, New Brunswick folk-pop singer-songwriter Jessica Rhaye will perform throughout the Maritimes from October 17th to the 30th.
October 17th – in Saint John at Theatre Louis Vermeersch, Symphonic Unisson Centre, Samual de Champlain with Thom Swift, Lina Boudreau and Pascal Lejeune and Symphony NB
October 18th – in Charlottetown at The Guild with Dennis Ellsworth
October 20th – in Saint John at the Imperial Theatre, for Music NB Award Show, Gala Performance
October 25th – in Saint John at the Sanctuary Theatre with Dennis Ellsworth
October 26th – in Fredericton at the Cedar Tree Café with Dennis Ellsworth
October 30th – in Halifax at The Carleton with Dennis Ellsworth
A deep sense of warmth and comfort permeates Rhaye’s fourth album, Far Gone Lullabies. Confident, yet relaxed, the album is the work of an artist who has come into her own.
The album’s nine tracks display a playful range, from the contemporary folk opener “It is All Right” to the closing cover of “Four Strong Winds” Rhaye’s bright and driving take on the Canadian songbook staple.
Showcasing soaring, winsome vocals Rhaye’s relaxed approach extended to her collaborators too. Canadian pop luminaries Ron Sexsmith, Royal Wood, Kevin Fox and Steve Poltz, all co-wrote tracks on Far Gone Lullabies and some added backup vocals.
“The new album Far Gone Lullabies is simply beautiful; a captivating mix of acoustic country pop, thoughtfully arranged and intimately written,” says Maverick Magazine.
“In a world that seems to have gone mad sometimes, like a lullaby, there is a calming reassurance in Jessica’s wonderful voice that everything is alright. Slip this record on after a tough day on the job. You’ll feel better for it,” writes East Coast Kitchen Party.
“Astutely and, at times, lavishly produced, this, her fourth release, includes an appearance by the celebrated Saint John String Quartet and Grammy Award-winning, multi-instrumentalist Gordie Sampson, and it certainly raises the possibility that Rhaye’s career could take off in several directions,” Penguin Eggs says.
Far Gone Lullabies is Rhaye’s third album produced and engineered by the award-winning duo of Ed Woodsworth and Jamie Foulds. It follows up her multi-award nominated Good Things (2010) and her sophomore release, Short Stories (2006), which saw her nominated for a Canadian Folk Music Award for Contemporary Singer of the Year.
In a career that has spanned more than a decade, Rhaye has played three continents, performing for everyone from Prince Charles to music-industry royalty as a Folk Alliance Official Showcase Artist in Memphis in 2010. That same year she graced the Atlantic Canada House Stage at the Vancouver Winter Olympics and the East Coast Music Awards Concert Series in Sydney, NS.
Her list of nominations runs long and deep, including a Canadian Folk Music Award and multiple East Coast Music Awards. She has won numerous Music New Brunswick Awards, and made the Canadian Music Week National Songwriting Finals in Toronto, as well the shortlist for several other Canadian and international songwriting competitions, including the John Lennon Songwriting Contest.
Rhaye has taken her music far from home, singing in Niger, Africa, at the Francophone Games, and touring the UK with Matt Andersen and Dave Gunning. A versatile live performer, she has graced stages big and small, including the famed Mariposa Folk Festival, a solo show in Hollywood, and a showcase at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Her songs have also graced the small screen and have been featured on the CMT reality series, Unstable and CBC Television’s Heartland. She was also a featured vocalist in the theme song for Taste Buds on TVO Kids.