SELF-TITLED DEBUT ALBUM OUT NOWLIVE ALBUM RELEASE SHOW STREAMING GLOBALLY SEPTEMBER 5NEW LYRIC VIDEO FOR SINGLE
“THE STRONGEST PEOPLE HAVE TENDER HEARTS”
“Evangeline Gentle’s voice communicates an aching warmth that comes with knowing hardness and choosing softness instead.”—CBC Music
“Evangeline Gentle’s self-titled album is a triumph”—Exclaim!
August 21, 2020—Today, Scottish-Canadian songwriter Evangeline Gentle shares their debut self-titled album via Sonic Unyon; buy/stream it HERE. The record’s release is accompanied by a new lyric video for the track “The Strongest People Have Tender Hearts,” which was directed and edited by Rob Viscardis featuring footage from Gentle’s pre-pandemic U.K. tour. Watch/share the video:
“I wrote this song at the dawn of the #MeToo movement,” says Gentle. “I was trying to find ways to responsibly process a lot of the anger that I was feeling and tried to write from the most compassionate place I could. I spent a long time with this song because the lyrics were emotionally challenging to write. I was thinking about the way we devalue femininity and how it contributes to gender-based violence, and about the insatiable pursuit of happiness through consumerism. I came to the conclusion that I can’t control the behavior of others, but I can control my own…and that ‘graciousness is where to start’ if I’d like the world to be a kinder place.”
In celebration of the release of Evangeline Gentle, Gentle will play a special live concert with their band on Saturday, September 5 streaming globally from Mills Hardware in Hamilton, Ontario at 6 p.m. Eastern Time. The show will reunite Gentle with drummer Matt Greco, bassist Derek Belland guitarist Nick Ferrio as they debut new material alongside tracks from the record. Tickets to the digital performance can be reserved HERE.
“The Strongest People Have Tender Hearts” follows the release of videos for “So It Goes,” “Sundays” and a live version of “Ordinary People.” Ordinary People” premiered with Audiofemme, who say, “With Gentle’s voice front and center against acoustic guitar, the song is simple and sweet, as is the video.” Gentle also released 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 spring and summer tour dates, which were cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic, Gentle has been performing live on Facebook and Instagramevery other Thursday at 3 p.m. Eastern Time; watch the 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.”
At just 23 years old, Gentle has already earned ample praise for their burgeoning career. They were named Emerging Artist at the 2015 Peterborough Folk Fest, 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.
1. Drop My Name
2. Ordinary People
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 Guide
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