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Published on June 22nd, 2020 | by Guest Editor

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Evangeline Gentle’s Self-Titled Debut Album Set For Release August 21

Scottish-Canadian singer-songwriter Evangeline Gentle is set to release their debut album, Evangeline Gentle, on August 21 via Sonic Unyon. Pre-save the album HERE. The full-length LP follows the recent release of two a cappella singles and videos, “You and I” and “Black is the Colour,” both of which may be streamed and shared on multiple platforms HERE. In lieu of their recently cancelled spring and summer tour dates, Gentle has been performing live on Facebook and Instagram every other Thursday at 3PM Eastern; check out their streams HERE and HERE.

Gentle began writing their self-titled album, produced by Jim Bryson, at the age of 19. Written during several important coming-of-age moments in Gentle’s life, the record focuses on openheartedness, finding the strength to be vulnerable and uplifting marginalized voices.

Born in Scotland and raised in both Scotland and Canada, Gentle began writing music and performing at 14 years old. Recognizing their own queerness and gender fluidity, Gentle has long been passionate about both music and social justice.

“During the three years I spent writing this LP, I trudged through periods of deep self-doubt, often wondering if I should give up,” Gentle says. “As a child I believed performing was my inevitable fate. Somewhere along the road to adulthood I internalized a lot of messaging about my queerness as something that made me inherently less gifted and valuable as an artist. Each song on this record is a landmark on the journey toward reestablishing my childlike ambition and spirit.”

Gentle shares the meaning behind their recently released a cappella singles, saying, “‘You And I’ is the preludial a cappella opening song of my live show, and its message seeks to unite audiences with a sense of sameness. I believe that our deepest connections are found through vulnerability, which is why I feel compelled to sing this track completely unaccompanied.”

Of “Black is the Colour,” a traditional Scottish folk song Gentle first learned as a child, they share, “Despite moving to Canada at age 11, my love for Celtic folk music persists and performing this song feels like sharing another bit of who I am.”

At just 23 years old, Gentle has already earned ample praise for their burgeoning career. They won the Emerging Artist Award at the 2015 Peterborough Folk Fest, were named Best Female Vocalist of the Year at the 2015 Wire Awards and have shared the stage with artists including Basia Bulat, Craig Cardiff, Matt Andersen, Terra Lightfoot, Sam Weber and more.

EVANGELINE GENTLE
TRACKLIST

  1. Drop My Name
  2. Ordinary People
  3. Sundays
  4. Even If
  5. So It Goes
  6. The Strongest People Have Tender Hearts
  7. Long Time Love
  8. Neither of Us
  9. Digging My Grave
  10. Good and Guided

 



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