October 19, 2014 Show
“The message I want to get across is how important it is to follow your heart and be your highest self,” says singer-songwriter Jody Quine. After an acclaimed career as a collaborative artist with landmark EDM innovators Balligomingo and Sleepthief, Jody steps out on her own. “I feel like for the first time in my life I’m standing up to be counted. It’s time to be me.” This August Jody release her debut EP, Seven, a breathtaking collection of soulful folktronic.
The Canadian artist is best known as the lead singer/co-writer for Balligomingo, and a vocalist/co-writer for the EDM collective Sleepthief. Balligomingo’s first single, “Purify,” has been a staple of the DJ circuit, and has received many imaginative remixes, most notably by Gus Gus. The track hit the Billboard breakout charts at #3. Jody has appeared on three subsequent Balligomingo releases, Under An Endless Sky,Origins, and Remix: Volume One.
With the groundbreaking electro project Sleepthief—featuring a cast of some of the finest ethereal female voices around curated by Sleepthief main man Justin Elswick—Jody appeared on the collective’s first single, “Eurydice,” off its beloved debut, The Dawnseeker. She also snagged the vocal spot on the group’s title track for its sophomore album, Labyrinthine. Her work on Sleepthief’s latest, Mortal Longing, wracked up over 24,000 views on YouTube in its first day online. Jody’s songs have appeared on many television shows including, Queer As Folk and Dark Blue.
Jody discovered her innate talent at an open mic, singing with a friend to a packed house of pub goers eating munchies and clattering pint glasses. Her pristine and angelic vocals hushed the crowd, and when she finished, the room erupted in joy and cheers. A new talent was born. “I thought ‘This is it, I think I found my thing.’ It felt amazing,” she recalls.
Her transcendent vocal style expands from silken sweetness to smoldering power. Musical Discoveries gushes: “This reviewer can hardly recall hearing a voice so elegant and controlled” Her sensibility is an mélange of folk and pop with a splash of jazz and rock. Onstage, she is positively mesmerizing, she mines deep emotionality with disciplined focus. Between songs, her background in improv comedy shines through as she entertains with warmth and wry wit.
Jody fan-funded Seven via a highly successful PledgeMusic campaign, quickly raising over $8,000. With able backing she hired one of electronic music’s most imaginative and intrepid producers, the Juno Award-winning Rhys Fulber. Fulber is known for his work with such diverse and respected artists as Front Line Assembly, Fear Factory, Serena Ryder, Sarah McLachlan, and Josh Groban. Jody says: “Rhys really added a new element to my sound by making it more electronic than acoustic and I couldn’t be more thrilled. He took my sound to the next level.”
The album is majestically sparse with each instrumental flourish—quartz-like piano melodies, stately strings, delicately thundering beats—orchestrated with nuanced detail. The leadoff single “Come Back Home” is poised and poignant with a touching and reflective video mirroring the track’s sweet longing. On “Finch Diving” she teases out amorous mystique with her slow burn vocal melisma. Within the under-the-moonlight folk of “I Love You” her voice beacons hypnotically, pulling the listener in as her melodies seductively dance against shimmering ambience.
“It’s been a wonderful adventure to step out and put my own music out there,” she says of this new era. “I am so blessed by my fans’ support throughout my career, and especially on this solo journey. I call them ‘My Lights.’ Their shining on me is what gives me the opportunity to shine right back.”
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