Kathleen Edwards

Last updated

Kathleen Edwards
Kathleen Edwards at the Black Sheep Inn.jpg
Kathleen Edwards at Wakefield, Quebec's Black Sheep Inn, September 1, 2011
Background information
Born (1978-07-11) July 11, 1978 (age 40)
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Genres Alternative country, folk
Occupation(s)Musician, songwriter
InstrumentsGuitar, violin, vocals, bass guitar
Years active1999–present
LabelsZoë, MapleMusic Recordings
Website kathleenedwards.com

Kathleen Edwards (born July 11, 1978 [1] ) is a Canadian singer-songwriter and musician. Her 2003 debut album, Failer , contained the singles "Six O'Clock News" and "Hockey Skates". [2] Her next two albums – Back to Me and Asking for Flowers – both made the Billboard 200 list and reached the top 10 of Billboard's Top Heatseekers chart. In 2012, Edwards' fourth studio album, Voyageur , became Edwards' first album to crack the top 100 and top 40 in the U.S., peaking at #39 on the U.S. Billboard 200 and #2 in Canada. In 2012, Edward's song "A Soft Place To Land" won the SOCAN Songwriting Prize, an annual competition that honours the best song written and released by 'emerging' songwriters over the past year, as voted by the public. [3] Her musical sound has been compared to Suzanne Vega meets Neil Young. [4]

<i>Back to Me</i> (Kathleen Edwards album) 2005 studio album by Kathleen Edwards

Back to Me is the second studio album by Canadian singer-songwriter Kathleen Edwards. It was released March 1, 2005 on the independent labels MapleMusic in Canada and Zoë Records in the United States.

<i>Asking for Flowers</i> 2008 studio album by Kathleen Edwards

Asking for Flowers is the third studio album by Canadian singer-songwriter Kathleen Edwards. The album was released March 4, 2008, and was well received by critics, similarly to her first two albums released under Zoë Records, Failer and Back to Me. The Canadian Press said of the album's track list, "unlike your average floral arrangement, there's not a dud in the bunch." The Boston Globe reported that the album had similarities to Edwards' 2005 album Back to Me, but showed maturity as a singer and songwriter.

The Billboard 200 is a record chart ranking the 200 most popular music albums and EPs in the United States. It is published weekly by Billboard magazine. It is frequently used to convey the popularity of an artist or groups of artists. Often, a recording act will be remembered by its "number ones", those of their albums that outperformed all others during at least one week. The chart grew from a weekly top 10 list in 1956 to become a top 200 in May 1967, and acquired its present title in March 1992. Its previous names include the Billboard Top LPs (1961–72), Billboard Top LPs & Tape (1972–84), Billboard Top 200 Albums (1984–85) and Billboard Top Pop Albums.

Contents

Early life

Edwards, the daughter of a diplomat, [5] spent portions of her youth in Korea [6] and Switzerland. Her father is Leonard Edwards, former Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs. At age 5, Edwards began classical violin studies that continued for the next 12 years. [7] As a teenager she lived overseas, where she spent much of her time listening to her brother's records of Neil Young and Bob Dylan. [8] Her brother also bought her first record, a Tom Petty album. After high school she decided not to attend post-secondary education, instead opting to play local clubs to pay the bills.

Neil Young Canadian singer-songwriter

Neil Percival Young, is a Canadian singer-songwriter. After embarking on a music career in the 1960s, he moved to Los Angeles, where he formed Buffalo Springfield with Stephen Stills, Richie Furay and others. Young had released two solo albums and three as a member of Buffalo Springfield by the time he joined Crosby, Stills & Nash in 1969. From his early solo albums and those with his backing band Crazy Horse, Young has recorded a steady stream of studio and live albums, sometimes warring with his recording company along the way.

Bob Dylan American singer-songwriter, musician, author, and artist

Bob Dylan is an American singer-songwriter, author, and visual artist who has been a major figure in popular culture for more than fifty years. Much of his most celebrated work dates from the 1960s, when songs such as "Blowin' in the Wind" (1963) and "The Times They Are a-Changin'" (1964) became anthems for the Civil Rights Movement and anti-war movement. His lyrics during this period incorporated a wide range of political, social, philosophical, and literary influences, defied pop-music conventions and appealed to the burgeoning counterculture.

Tom Petty American musician

Thomas Earl Petty was an American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, and actor. He was the lead singer of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, formed in 1976. He previously led the band Mudcrutch. He was also a member of the late 1980s supergroup the Traveling Wilburys.

Albums

In 1999, Edwards recorded a six-song EP entitled Building 55 and pressed 500 copies. By the fall of 2000, she was on tour across Canada managing her own gigs. In 2001, she wrote seven of the ten songs for her 2003 debut release Failer.

Edwards played at SXSW in 2002 and was signed to Rounder Records and MapleMusic shortly after. Failer was released in Canada in the fall of 2002 on MapleMusic Recordings. [9] In January 2003 Failer was released by Rounder Records in the US and internationally. Rolling Stone declared her one of year's most promising new acts and Blender said that Failer's songs possessed "an indefinable pull that makes you love the characters they describe, no matter how fucked up they are." The New York Times praised Edwards as a writer whose songs can "pare situations down to a few dozen words while they push country-rock towards its primal impulses of thump and twang." She made her television network debut on the Late Show with David Letterman where she performed "Six O'Clock News."

MapleMusic Recordings

MapleMusic is a Canadian independent record label founded by Andy Maize, Jeff Maize, Mike Alkier, Evan Hu, Lorique Mindel and Grant Dexter in 1999 and based in Toronto, Ontario. Other investors include Gary Slaight, Michael Burke and Universal Music. In 2016, MapleMusic changed its name to Cadence Music Group.

Rounder Records American record label

Rounder Records is an American record label specializing in folk, bluegrass, blues, and other forms of American roots music. Its roster includes Alison Krauss and Union Station, Béla Fleck, Steve Martin and Edie Brickell, and Steep Canyon Rangers. Rounder's musicians have won over 40 Grammy Awards since the label's inception in 1970. The company also maintains book and video divisions.

<i>Rolling Stone</i> American magazine focusing on popular culture, based in New York City

Rolling Stone is an American monthly magazine that focuses on popular culture. It was founded in San Francisco, California in 1967 by Jann Wenner, who is still the magazine's publisher, and the music critic Ralph J. Gleason. It was first known for its musical coverage and for political reporting by Hunter S. Thompson. In the 1990s, the magazine shifted focus to a younger readership interested in youth-oriented television shows, film actors, and popular music. In recent years, it has resumed its traditional mix of content.

In 2005, Edwards released Back to Me , which also garnered considerable critical acclaim, and led to the release of the singles "Back to Me" and "In State". The track "Summerlong" was also featured on the soundtrack of the movie Elizabethtown starring Orlando Bloom and Kirsten Dunst.

<i>Elizabethtown</i> (film) 2005 film by Cameron Crowe

Elizabethtown is a 2005 American romantic tragicomedy film written and directed by Cameron Crowe, and starring Orlando Bloom and Kirsten Dunst. Alec Baldwin has a small role as a CEO of an athletic shoe company and Susan Sarandon appears as a grieving widow.

Orlando Bloom British actor

Orlando Jonathan Blanchard Bloom is an English actor. After making his breakthrough as Legolas in The Lord of the Rings film series, he rose to fame by further appearing in epic fantasy, historical epic, and fantasy adventure films. He later reprised his role as Legolas in The Hobbit film series. His other roles include Will Turner in the Pirates of the Caribbean film series, and Paris in Troy (2004).

Kirsten Dunst American actress

Kirsten Caroline Dunst is an American actress who holds both American and German citizenship.

Edwards performing at the 2007 NXNE festival Kathleen Edwards at NXNE 2007.JPG
Edwards performing at the 2007 NXNE festival

In 2008, Edwards released her third studio album, Asking for Flowers . It was described by the San Francisco Bay Guardian as "her finest album to date", [10] and was a shortlisted nominee for the 2008 Polaris Music Prize. [11] In contrast with 2005's Back to Me, on which Edwards relied on her working band, Asking for Flowers predominantly features session musicians.

<i>San Francisco Bay Guardian</i>

The San Francisco Bay Guardian was a free alternative newspaper published weekly in San Francisco, California. It was founded in 1966 by Bruce B. Brugmann and his wife, Jean Dibble. The paper was shut down on October 14, 2014. It was relaunched in February 2016 as an online publication.

2008 Polaris Music Prize

The 2008 edition of the Canadian Polaris Music Prize was presented on September 30, 2008 at the Phoenix Concert Theatre in Toronto. The prize was won by Caribou for his album Andorra.

In fall 2010, Edwards began working on her fourth studio album in Wisconsin. Voyageur was released in January 2012. It includes the single "Change the Sheets," and was co-produced by Justin Vernon of Bon Iver. [12]

<i>Voyageur</i> (Kathleen Edwards album) 2012 studio album by Kathleen Edwards

Voyageur is the fourth studio album by Canadian singer-songwriter Kathleen Edwards, released on January 17, 2012. The album was produced by Edwards and Justin Vernon of Bon Iver. Voyageur reached the 39th position on the US Billboard 200 chart, becoming Edwards' first top 100 and top 40 album in the US, and her first top ten album in Canada, peaking at number two.

Justin Vernon American singer-songwriter

Justin DeYarmond Edison Vernon is an American singer, songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist. He is best known as the primary songwriter and frontman of indie folk band Bon Iver. Vernon is also a member of the bands Volcano Choir, Big Red Machine, The Shouting Matches, and Gayngs. He was previously a member of the now-defunct band DeYarmond Edison.

Bon Iver American indie folk band

Bon Iver is an American indie folk band founded in 2006 by singer-songwriter Justin Vernon. The name "Bon Iver" derives from the French phrase bon hiver, taken from a greeting on Northern Exposure.

She appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman on January 17, 2012, singing "Change the Sheets" from her new album Voyageur.

Musical collaborations

In 2005, Edwards lent her vocals to the duet "The Plan", recorded with Matt Mays and El Torpedo for their self-titled album. [13] In 2006, she was nominated for Juno Awards for Songwriter of the Year and Adult Alternative Album of the Year for Back to Me. [14] In 2007, Edwards worked with John Doe, of the punk rock band X, on his solo album A Year in the Wilderness . She sings on three tracks. [15]

In 2008 Edwards sang backup vocals on Bryan Adams' album 11 , and supported one of his tours. In 2009, she joined Adams on stage to sing one of Adams' songs, "Walk on By". [16] In 2011 Edwards contributed vocals on Arkells' song "Agent Zero", off their second album Michigan Left . "Soft Place to Land", one of two songs on Edwards' Voyageur album co-written with The Long Winters frontman John Roderick, won the 2012 SOCAN Echo Songwriting Prize. [17]

Personal life

In 2004 Edwards married guitarist and collaborator Colin Cripps. They divorced in 2011. Edwards was later in a relationship with Justin Vernon, Wisconsin-born singer/songwriter and front-man of the band Bon Iver. [18] Edwards and Vernon separated in 2012. [19] [20]

Edwards stepped back from the music scene in 2014, launching a coffee house in Stittsville called Quitters along with Rick Tremblay (who was her manager when she worked in a downtown Starbucks in the 1990s). [21] She insists that she is not leaving music but just taking a break, and that the name Quitters is "kind of tongue-in-cheek".

As of 2018, Edwards has continued to perform sporadically, including a number of new songs.

Discography

Studio albums

TitleDetailsPeak chart positions
CAN
[22]
US
[23]
US
Heat

[24]
US
Folk

[25]
US
Rock

[26]
Failer
Back to Me
  • Release date: March 1, 2005
  • Label: MapleMusic Recordings
  • Formats: LP, CD, music download
1736
Asking for Flowers
  • Release date: March 4, 2008
  • Label: MapleMusic Recordings
  • Formats: LP, CD, music download
151021
Voyageur
  • Release date: January 17, 2012
  • Label: MapleMusic Recordings
  • Formats: LP, CD, music download
239311
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Extended plays

Singles

YearSinglePeak positionsAlbum
US
AAA

[27]
2003"Six O'Clock News"15Failer
"One More Song the Radio Won't Like"
2004"Hockey Skates"
2005"Back to Me"15Back to Me
"In State"
2008"The Cheapest Key"Asking for Flowers
"I Make the Dough, You Get the Glory"
2011"Change the Sheets"22Voyageur
2012"Wapusk"N/A
2013"It Must Have Been Love"
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Guest singles

YearSingleArtistAlbum
2006"Married Again" Jim Cuddy The Light That Guides You Home

Contributed as primary artist

Appears on

DVD

As composer

In TV

Awards and nominations

YearAssociationCategoryResult
2003 Juno Awards of 2003 Roots & Traditional Album of the Year – SoloFailerNominated
Canadian Country Music Association Roots Artist or Group of the YearNominated
2004 Juno Awards of 2004 Songwriter of the Year Nominated
Canadian Country Music AssociationRoots Artist or Group of the YearNominated
2005Roots Artist or Group of the YearNominated
2006 Juno Awards of 2006 Songwriter of the YearNominated
Adult Alternative Album of the YearBack to MeNominated
Canadian Country Music AssociationRoots Artist or Group of the YearNominated
2008 Polaris Music Prize 2008 Polaris Music Prize - Asking for FlowersNominated
2009 Juno Awards of 2009 Adult Alternative Album of the Year – Asking for FlowersNominated
2012 SOCAN Songwriting Prize Winning Song – A Soft Place to LandWon
Polaris Music Prize 2012 Polaris Music Prize - VoyageurNominated
2013 Juno Awards of 2013 Songwriter of the YearNominated
Adult Alternative Album of the Year – VoyageurNominated

Related Research Articles

X (American band) punk rock band from the United States

X is an American rock band, formed in Los Angeles in 1977, among the first wave of punk. The original members are vocalist Exene Cervenka, vocalist-bassist John Doe, guitarist Billy Zoom and drummer D. J. Bonebrake. The band released seven studio albums from 1980 to 1993. After a period of inactivity during the mid- to late 1990s, X reunited in the early 2000s, and currently tours, as of 2019.

Neko Case American singer-songwriter

Neko Richelle Case is an American singer-songwriter, best known for her solo career and her contributions as a member of the Canadian indie rock group The New Pornographers.

Robert Palmer (singer) English singer-songwriter and musician

Robert Allen Palmer was an English singer-songwriter, musician, and record producer. He was known for combining soul, jazz, rock, pop, reggae, and blues.

Diana Krall Canadian musician

Diana Jean Krall, OC, OBC is a Canadian jazz pianist and singer, known for her contralto vocals. She has sold more than 6 million albums in the US and over 15 million albums worldwide. On December 11, 2009, Billboard magazine named her the second Jazz Artist of the Decade (2000–09), establishing her as one of the best-selling artists of her time.

Tift Merritt American musician

Catherine Tift Merritt is an American singer-songwriter and musician. She has released seven studio albums, two for Lost Highway Records, two for Fantasy Records, and three for Yep Roc Records.

Cry Me a River (Justin Timberlake song) single

"Cry Me a River" is a song recorded by American singer and songwriter Justin Timberlake for his debut studio album, Justified (2002). It was written by Timberlake and Scott Storch with producer Timbaland and was inspired by Timberlake's former relationship with singer Britney Spears. Jive Records released the song to contemporary hit and rhythmic radio in the United States on November 26, 2002, as the album's second single. Accompanied by an electric piano, beatbox, guitars, synthesizers, Arabian-inspired riffs and Gregorian chants, "Cry Me a River" is an R&B song about a brokenhearted man who moves on from his last girlfriend, who had cheated on him with another man.

Im Coming Out single

"I'm Coming Out" is a song recorded by American singer Diana Ross. It was written by and produced by Chic members Bernard Edwards and Nile Rodgers, and released in August 22, 1980 as the second single from Ross' self-titled tenth album Diana (1980).

Shannon McNally American musician

Shannon Maureen McNally is an American singer and songwriter.

Caitlin Cary American musician

Caitlin Cary is an alternative country musician from Seville, Ohio.

Jim Bryson Canadian musician

Jim Bryson is a Canadian singer-songwriter. Briefly a founding member of the band Punchbuggy, he moved to a musical life under his own name with the release of his debut album, The Occasionals, in 2000.

"Cigarettes and Chocolate Milk" is a song written and performed by the Canadian-American singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright. It appears as the opening track on his second studio album, Poses (2001). The song addresses decadence and desire, and has been called an "ode to subtle addictions and the way our compulsions rule our lives".

Terri Hendrix American singer-songwriter

Terri Hendrix is a singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and independent artist from Texas. Her music belongs to the Americana genre, encompassing folk, pop, country, blues, and jazz. To date, Hendrix has released 14 albums on her own Wilory Records label, co-wrote the Grammy-winning song "Lil' Jack Slade" by the Dixie Chicks, and, in 2011, published a book, Cry Til You Laugh — The Part That Ain’t Art. In addition to writing and performing, Hendrix conducts songwriting workshops both inside and outside of Texas, and has established a nonprofit community arts center in San Marcos, OYOU, offering educational and therapeutic arts programs, including for those who face neurological challenges or physical disabilities.

Come Away with Me (song) 2002 single by Norah Jones

"Come Away with Me" is a song written, produced, and performed by American recording artist Norah Jones. It was released on December 30, 2002 as the third single from her debut studio album, Come Away with Me (2002).

"I Still Miss Someone" is a song co-written by Johnny Cash and his nephew Roy Cash, Jr and originally recorded by American country music singer Johnny Cash. He first recorded it in 1958 as the B-side to "Don't Take Your Guns to Town".

Fall for Your Type single by Drake and Jamie Foxx

"Fall for Your Type" is a downtempo ballad recorded by American entertainer Jamie Foxx for his fourth studio album Best Night of My Life (2010). It features guest vocals from Canadian rapper Drake, who originally recorded the song for his debut studio album Thank Me Later (2010). The song was written by Noah "40" Shebib, Aubrey "Drake" Graham and Noel Campbell. "Fall for Your Type" was produced by Shebib, with vocal production by Rico Love. "Fall for Your Type" was released as the third single from Best Night of My Life on November 12, 2010.

Misty Dawn Edwards, is an American contemporary Christian musician. Cross Rhythms has reviewed seven of her albums, 2003's Eternity, 2005's Always on His Mind, 2007's Relentless, 2009's Fling Wide, 2010's Point of Life, 2013's Only a Shadow, and 2014's Little Bird, while reviewing the extended play, 2011's Measure of Love, whereas Forerunner Music released these musical works. New Release Today has done five Behind the Song features on her songs. Edwards has seen five of her albums appear on the Billboard magazine charts, where they have achieved thirteen peak positions; the best was Only a Shadow, where it placed on the Billboard 200. The albums, Point of Love, Fling Wide, Only a Shadow, and Little Bird placed on the Christian Albums chart, while the extended play, Measure of Love, charted on it and the Heatseekers Albums chart, likewise, her previous albums placed on that chart, Point of Life and Fling Wide. There has been three placements on the Independent Albums chart, for, Fling Wide, Only a Shadow, and Little Bird.

The discography of Kasey Chambers, an Australian singer-songwriter, consists of twelve studio albums; five of which have peaked at number one on the ARIA Charts.

Joe Ely discography

Joe Ely is an American singer, songwriter and guitarist. His discography consists of 18 studio albums, 5 live albums, 19 singles, 12 compilations, 1 EP, and 1 music video. In addition, he has been a performer on numerous albums by other artists.

References

  1. Archived September 2, 2006, at the Wayback Machine
  2. Whibbs, Chris (April 26, 2008). "Kathleen Edwards Method Acting". Exclaim.ca. Archived from the original on March 3, 2009. Retrieved August 14, 2015.
  3. "Past Nominees and Winners". SOCAN Songwriting Prize. Retrieved January 19, 2019.
  4. "Album: Kathleen Edwards, Voyageur (Rounder)". The Independent. January 6, 2012. Retrieved January 19, 2019.
  5. (March 4, 2008). "Kathleen Edwards gets politically charged Archived July 28, 2013, at the Wayback Machine ", Ottawa Citizen . Retrieved October 23, 2011.
  6. Langness, David (March 1, 2008). "Kathleen Edwards: A Songwriter's Progress", Paste . Retrieved October 24, 2011.
  7. Deziel, Shanda (February 17, 2003). "Alt-country's New "It" Girl: Kathleen Edwards Archived August 17, 2007, at the Wayback Machine ", The Canadian Encyclopedia . Retrieved October 24, 2011.
  8. Loftus, Johnny. "Kathleen Edwards: Biography", Allmusic. Retrieved October 24, 2011.
  9. "25 best Canadian debut albums ever". CBC Music, June 16, 2017.
  10. http://www.sfbg.com/entry.php?entry_id=6365&catid=107&volume_id=317&issue_id=378&volume_num=42&issue_num=33][ dead link ]
  11. "2008 – Winners and Nominees". Polaris Music Prize. Archived from the original on August 13, 2009. Retrieved 2009-12-09.
  12. "Kathleen Edwards Unveils 'Voyageur'" . Retrieved December 15, 2011.
  13. allmusic ((( Matt Mays + El Torpedo > Overview )))
  14. kathleenedwards.org Archived September 2, 2006, at the Wayback Machine
  15. Archived January 5, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  16. Paolozzi, John (March 30, 2009). "Watch Kathleen Edwards Juno Performance with Bryan Adams". CBC Radio 3. Retrieved May 4, 2009.[ permanent dead link ]
  17. Wheeler, Brad (October 19, 2012). "Kathleen Edwards, John Roderick". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved December 20, 2012.
  18. Dearmore, Kelly (September 12, 2011). "Kathleen Edwards: "Justin [Vernon] Helped Me Construct Something That's a 180 For Me." | Dallas Observer". Blogs.dallasobserver.com. Retrieved August 14, 2015.
  19. Downing, Andy (September 25, 2012). "Kathleen Edwards gets personal on new album". 77 Square. Retrieved December 20, 2012.
  20. "Kathleen Edwards gives Madison its money's worth in fearless show : Arts-madisondotcom". Host.madison.com. September 28, 2012. Retrieved August 14, 2015.
  21. "No quitter: Kathleen Edwards finds a new path in Stittsville coffee shop". Ottawa Citizen. Retrieved December 31, 2015.
  22. "Kathleen Edwards Album & Song Chart History – Canadian Albums". Billboard. Retrieved August 15, 2011.
  23. "Kathleen Edwards Album & Song Chart History – Billboard". Billboard. Retrieved August 15, 2011.
  24. "Kathleen Edwards Album & Song Chart History – Heatseekers Albums". Billboard. Retrieved August 15, 2011.
  25. "Kathleen Edwards Album & Song Chart History – Folk Albums". Billboard. Retrieved January 26, 2012.
  26. "Kathleen Edwards Album & Song Chart History – Rock Albums". Billboard. Retrieved January 26, 2012.
  27. "Kathleen Edwards - Adult Alternative Songs". Billboard. Retrieved August 18, 2018.