Juno Award-winner off to Turner Valley
Wednesday, Nov 22, 2017 06:00 am
A Winnipeg singer/songwriter plans to leave listeners feeling breathless at his upcoming concert in Turner Valley.
2016 Juno Award winner William Prince has a line-up of new songs ready as he embarks on his Breathless tour across western Canada the next two months.
His stops include the Beneath the Arch Concert Series at the Flare ‘n’ Derrick Community Hall Nov. 25 at 7:30 p.m.
Prince said he plans to begin the concert with Earthly Days, the title song in the album that won the 2016 Juno Contemporary Roots Album, as well as Western Canadian Music Award for Aboriginal Artist of the Year. That song will springboard into other new material, he said.
“This tour is allowing me to basically try out these new songs before they hit the studio,” he said. “I’m gearing up to hopefully record part of a new record when I’m home in December, January. The whole Breathless tour is embracing the power of that particular song while still shedding light on these new songs that I really love. They are going to get to hear all the new stuff before anybody else.”
A new father to an infant son, Prince has plenty to say for his next album.
“It’s a continuation of my family life and those I love and am closest to, especially now that I’m a dad,” he said. “They are love songs that are tailored to my son about what I’m doing while away and trying to set up a life for him and I.”
He expects Breathless will be the one his fans are especially waiting for.
“There is some kind of power in that song that people have been telling me about,” he said. “I’m embracing it now. It’s become bigger than I could ever imagine.”
Prince said Breathless was a song he intended to keep tucked away when he wrote it almost 10 years ago. It became his most reviewed, featured and loved song.
“If anything, it’s really kind of fallen into place, is the only way I can really describe it,” he said. “I was kind of insecure about the subject matter, but I’m finally embracing it. This song has become a big part of my repertoire.
If I get to the end of the show and I haven’t played it yet people are always shouting that one out.”
Breathless is a song that goes into comparable aspects of love like the way someone looks at another or how they feel around someone they love, said Prince.
“I was writing it for someone one day to take my breath away,” he said. “I was thinking maybe that line was kind of corny.”
Prince said it represents more than just physical attraction. It can also be about admiration, he said.
“My dad really enjoyed Elvis’ music and I was thinking how to say you are really great and there is nothing else like you in a more poetic way,” he said.
While the song was a big hit among Prince’s fans, he said he’s not letting it get to his head.
“I see this is a big song but at the same time let’s not get too hung up for too long because I’ve got a lot more coming,” he said.
Among his favourites is Old Soul, which Prince co-wrote with Winnipeg songwriter, poet and multi-instrumentalist Scott Nolan. The two produced Earthly Days
“I haven’t done a lot of co-writing,” Prince said. “We’re music comrades.”
Creating music for Prince is all about artistry.
“I’m trying to integrate in the real of this folk music I’m writing,” he said. “It’s less about branding a particular genre, it’s about creating these stories and keeping these stories going.”
For Prince, winning the Juno Award was just the icing on the cake.
“I don’t know if it sets the bar – I didn’t have a bar in mind when I did this,” he said. “You don’t make an album expecting to get that.”
Opening for Prince will be bilingual singer/songwriter Justin Lacroix, also of Manitoba, who offers a smooth blend of folk, rock and blues music.
Tickets to see the concert cost $25 for adults and $10 for children ages 6-12 and are available at Bluerock Gallery in Black Diamond and beneaththearch.ca
Tickets can be purchased at the door for $30 if seating is available.