CHARLOTTE DAY WILSON
Charlotte Day Wilson’s silky vocals have the distinct ability to slow time—at least for the duration of a song—leaving you no choice but to sink into her narrative.
The Toronto artist has always seen songwriting as “the light in a dark tunnel” and uses her woozy R&B arrangements as a vehicle to explore her feelings about life and love. “I think I always knew that I needed to fall in love in order to write what I wanted to write,” she says. “I had always written about it, but I didn’t really connect to the music or feel deeply about it.”
For Wilson, her first experience with real love came at a pivotal point in her life. “My falling in love for the first time was heavily tied to coming into my sexual identity as a queer woman, so it was a lot at once,” she says. “I started writing music at the same time I started falling in love and consequently started having my heart broken.”
Wilson’s acclaimed debut EP, CDW, is a six-song collection of plush instrumentation and harmonies that skilfully captures the essence of intimacy. Even in her darker numbers, Wilson finds empowerment. “There’s power in performing a song about heartbreak and tapping into those feelings again,” she says. “It’s kind of like ‘Here I am, in front of all these people, singing about something I overcame.’”
Wilson’s approach to self-love might take some nurturing, what with her newly sporadic schedule challenging her strength at times. Even so, she knows what she wants out of it all. “I just want acceptance,” she says. “Whether it’s from my partners or my friends, I just want to feel accepted for who, and how, I am.”
Her favourite love song: “Love,”