FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
“Don’t miss her.” ~ Toronto Star
“A delightful stage presence – she has an engaging, down-to-earth manner, and the audience loved her…do yourself a favour; go and see her!” ~ Scenestr Magazine (Australia)
TORONTO – THURSDAY, AUGUST 25TH, 2016 – The always assiduous and enchanting artist Ann Vriend (AV) is set to release her new single “Anybody’s Different,” (Aporia Records), on September 16th and will be out on iTunes, Spotify and all regular digital distribution channels. This release marks the first of a series that will culminate in a full album. Fans can also use the hashtag #anybodysdifferent to follow AV’s “post an image a day” campaign leading up to the single as well as an accompanying video release.https://www.instagram.com/explore/tags/anybodysdifferent/
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“Anybody’s Different” is a powerful, epic, minor key soul/pop song, sonically reminiscent of Adele’s “Skyfall,” though faster-paced. Lyrically, it addresses current, globally relevant news regarding political division, the refugee crisis, gun violence, and religious extremism. All this is achieved within a three-minute song, making strong use of rhyme, repetition, and simple, image-invoking words.
AV, as she prefers to be called these days, says she wrote the song “About as fast as it took to play it from start to finish.” She found it a challenge, though, to write about something so topical and politically charged without sounding “preachy, judgemental, or overly simplistic.”
She decided to base the song on her own observations as a world traveller, and her personal experiences with so many people from different cultures, races, religions, sexual orientations, etc. The song – which features AV’s high, ringing, Dolly Parton-esque voice and passionate delivery – moves from a simple piano-and-voice intro to 21st Century beats and sounds, but with a strong melody anchored in classic pop, culminating in a rousing, Gospel-style, call-and-response chorus. It begins by first questioning if there ever has been an age of innocence on this earth, and ends up giving voice to the struggle and predicament of the human condition that “everybody” faces.
It will be the first of many soul/pop songs that will lead to an EP release in February, 2017 followed by a full album release.
AV recently signed with Toronto-based record label Aporia, and has independently sold more than 16,000 albums off the stage over the course of her vigorous career. She has appeared on CBC’s “Vinyl Café” with Stuart McLean, ABC TV’s prime time music comedy trivia show “Spicks and Specks,” ABC Radio’s “The Inner Sleeve” plus Sydney Mornings with Wendy Harmer, and Germany’s “Arte TV.” She has been featured in Elle Magazine and performed at Koerner Hall via the Songwriters’ Association of Canada, alongside Dan Hill, Marc Jordan, Melanie Doane, and others.
Following their successful 2016 tours of Europe, Australia, and becoming semi-finalists at the Blues Challenge in Memphis, AV and her band “The Rooster Davis Group” have spent the summer playing prestigious Canadian blues and pop festivals.
Musicians on the Recording:
Ann Vriend: vocals, piano, background vocals
Tino Zolfo: bass, programming, background vocals
Brandon Unis: background vocals
Upcoming Tour Dates
September 16, 2016 – The Needle Vinyl Tavern, Edmonton
September 17, 2016 – Royal Canadian Legion, Calgary
For tickets: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2596310
October 7, 2016 – Lee’s Palace, Toronto (opening for Julian Taylor)
October 9, 2016 – Rainbow Bistro, Ottawa
For tickets: http://therainbow.ca/page8/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/AnnVriend #anybodysdifferent
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