“it is Tania’s pure, heartfelt vocals that remain with you, delivering raw, unrelenting emotions that are not only delivered against an amazing musical backdrop, but consume you fully as you ride shotgun on this four-minute journey with her” – Great Dark Wonder (“The Drought”)
Canadian folk-roots musician Tania Joy has been using this time in isolation to hone her songwriting, finally following up her 2013 EP, I’ll Be Around, with two new singles released in February towards her EP due Fall 2021, produced by Hill Kourkoutis (Digging Roots, Leela Gilday, Madison Violet), a multi-talented artist who played with Serena Ryder and was in The Weeknd’s original backing band.
Her stories, so far, have been about relationships, in all of their complicated forms. However, during the pandemic, Tania found herself taking on a more complex narrative as the world around her shifted, bringing increased and global attention to Black Lives Matter. With mentorship from Hillside’s Girl with Guitars program, Tania wrote her first protest song, an acoustic reflection “Planks and Marietta,” which was released during Black History Month.
“I needed to write a song about the difficult relationship between me and racism,” says Tania. “I’ve always needed to talk about it, but I rarely have. George Floyd brought it all back, and now after a very dark period I am able to start the conversation, even if it’s only with myself, in ‘Planks and Marietta,’” she says, the title taken from a racist incident that occurred at the cross streets in her hometown Uxbridge, Ontario.
Tania’s latest release, “The Drought” a moseying country-soul musing on the loss of love, while her highly anticipated single “Blink”, is a melancholy but intense song about tough choices and revisionist memories.
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