Music From The Mailbag -Jacy Dawn

Jacy Dawn

Received the press release from Jacy Dawn highlighting her latest project, ” A Song For Lois”. Give it a listen and if you like, it is available on iTunes.

Jacy on iTunes

Jacy Dawn Releases “A Song For Lois” Honoring Canadian Children’s Entertainer,
Lois Lilienstein of “Sharon, Lois & Bram”

Nashville, TN (January 13, 2016) – Nashville songwriter Jacy Dawn, has recorded and released “A Song For Lois”, honoring the late Lois Lilienstein, of the famed Canadian children’s trio, Sharon, Lois & Bram. Dawn credits the trio with being the first inspiration behind her decision to pursue a career in the music business. The song features acclaimed musician, and friend of Lilienstein’s, Roy George on piano.

Dawn’s connection with Sharon, Lois & Bram began back in 1988 when their hit television series, “Sharon, Lois & Bram’s Elephant Show” began airing on Nickelodeon. Dawn had the opportunity to see the trio in concert twice in Boston in the late 80’s and early 90’s when they were at the height of their careers. Dawn says her connection to the eldest of the group, the bubbly, blond, Lilienstein, was instant when she saw her perform on stage. Dawn continued to watch and learn from the Canadian stars through the late 90’s when their television series “Skinnamarink TV” began airing.

In early 2015, Dawn was able to connect with the trio via email, only to learn that Lilienstein had been ill and in the hospital. An email back from the other two members of the group, Sharon Hampson and Bram Morrison, reassured Dawn that they had read Lilienstein her letter and that she had been “deeply touched” by Dawn’s sincere message of gratitude. After a few more emails back and forth, Lilienstein passed away in April, from Cancer.

Dawn wrote “A Song For Lois” to honor her earliest musical hero’s memory. She recorded a video of herself performing the song, which has been featured on www.sharonloisbram.com and on a Facebook page honoring Lilienstein. After seeing the video, a pianist and a friend of Lilienstein’s, Roy George, reached out to Dawn with the idea of recording the song. The two have collaborated on this newly released piece and are donating all of the proceeds from the download of the song to Mariposa In The Schools, a program which Lilienstein spent much of her life building and contributing to. Mariposa In The Schools helps to bring musical instruments and music education into the schools in Canada.

Dawn continues to keep in touch with the other two members of the group, Hampson & Morrison via email, and during her recent visit to Toronto last month, Dawn met with Hampson who took her to see the official “Sharon, Lois & Bram” playground, which was dedicated to the trio in 2014. “A Song For Lois” is available for download on all major digital distribution sites.

Originally from Massachusetts, Jacy Dawn has had more than 20 of her songs recorded by both National and International artists. As a performer, Dawn has shared the stage with artists such as Wynonna, LeAnn Rimes, Willie Nelson, Lorrie Morgan, Vince Gill, Amy Grant, Martina McBride among others. Her work as an actress has garnered her roles on the hit ABC tv series “Nashville” and she is also the president and CEO of her own marketing and graphic design company.

Best known for their hit song “Skinnamarink”, Sharon, Lois & Bram are multi award winning artists who have sold over 3 million albums in their 36 year career. For their significant contribution to the development of children’s music, the trio were awarded the Order of Canada in 2002. Sharon & Bram continue to perform and tour throughout Canada and the United States.

For more on Jacy Dawn visit: www.jacydawn.com
For more on Sharon & Bram visit www.sharonandbram.com
For more on Sharon Lois & Bram visit: www.sharonloisbram.com
For more on Roy George visit: www.roygeorge.net

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The 7:40 Songbook – March 17. 2015

A cold drive this morning, honked at every green car I saw.  Kind of spooking them a bit I believe.  Question, why do people drive 70 in an 80 zone?  Can never figure that out.  On to today’s songbook.

A bit of country today, although it is getting hard to call country, country these days.  More like bluesy rock nowadays.  At any rate, we have The Lone Bellow playing “Take My Love” from their 2015 album, “Then Came the Morning”.

Song Of The Day – The Lone Bellow – “You Never Need Nobody”

 

A bit of live country today.  Nicely crafted tune, great growth to a nice ending, with terrific vocals, and, of course, live.  The best way to listen to anything is the real thing.  Support live music in all it’s forms.  Enjoy a now 2-year-old tune from The Lone Bellow titled “You Never Need Nobody”.

Canada’s Best Music – 5 Songs At A Time – Part 33

Blue Rodeo

Cover of Blue Rodeo

Part 33 includes a bit (a lot) of country rock courtesy of one of Canada’s best kept secrets, Blue Rodeo, and perennial favourites Prairie Oyster.  We also have some newer rock with Billy Talent and some classic rock with April Wine.  Let’s dive right in with number 339 on the countdown, Billy Talent.

339. Fallen Leaves – Billy Talent

Canada’s kings of rock hold down 339 on the list with Fallen Leaves.  The song was recorded in 2006 and was the third single released from their 2nd album, Billy Talent II.  The band is out of Mississauga, Ontario and are considered Canada’s finest punk guitar band at this time.  Good tune with a depressing drug related theme.

 

338. Just Between You & Me – April Wine

Don’t get me started on this band.  One of my all time favourites.  They hit 338 with this great ballad, typical 70’s and 80’s rocker style.

 

337. Prairie Oyster – Only One Moon

Six time Juno Award winners as country group of the year, 6 as Canadian Country Music Awards group of the year, eight albums and members of the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame.  Must be good, eh!  This tune is off their 1994 album of the same name, and become my 337 on the list.

 

336. Rain Down on Me – Blue Rodeo

Now for a double shot of Canada’s best kept secret, Blue Rodeo.  Formed in 1984, the band is still going strong.  Original members include the 2 front men, Jim Cuddy and Greg Keelor and bass player Bazil Donovan.  amazing longevity, not to mention a seemingly endless supply of creativity.  13 albums and multiple awards and still going strong.  Enjoy 336 and 335 on the countdown.  First up is Rain Down On Me, off their 1992 album “Lost Together”.  Great vocals from Jim Cuddy in this one.

335. Blue Rodeo – Bad Timing

More of the same from Jim Cuddy, a great singer.  Bad Timing is taken from their 1993 album, Five Days In July.

 

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Music From The Mailbag – Callan Furlong

A bit embarrassed on this one.  Callan emailed me in August (yes, August) about his new album.  He hit me in that period when I was not doing much and now only have gotten to this place in the mailbag.  My apologies Callan.
Callan is a Toronto based singer songwriter.  He recently released an album “The Fool I Was Before”.  A bit country, a bit Alt-Country.  I have featured 2 songs off the album.  First is a recording off YouTube of “You Do Everything Wrong”, recorded live at his CD release party.

 

The next tune is titled “A Rose Or An Olive Branch” and is very country.  Good voice.

 

Please check out the links.

Callan Furlong on BandCamp

Callan Furlong on Twitter

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