Terra Lightfoot teams up with Boris Brott for new live album

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There’s some­thing about Terra Lightfoot that’s im­pos­si­ble to cap­ture in the stu­dio. Sure there’s that in­cred­i­ble voice that can soar above the rafters with­out any dig­i­tal en­hance­ment. Any­one who’s heard her hit album — “Ev­ery Time My Mind Runs Wild” — knows how good that voice is.

Still, it’s an­other thing to see Lightfoot live. The Hamilton singer-song­writer rev­els in per­for­mance. It un­leashes that voice, sends it to new heights, and adds a step to the songs that can’t be du­pli­cated in the stu­dio.

And there’s that pat­ter. Lightfoot has an en­dear­ing bossi­ness about her that makes au­di­ences laugh out loud.

It’s that side of Lightfoot that is cap­tured on her new CD “Live in Con­cert.”

The album, re­leased Fri­day on Hamilton’s Sonic Unyon Records and dis­trib­uted by Sony Canada, was recorded dur­ing an in­ti­mate night at McMaster’s high-tech LIVELab the­atre.

The album con­tains eight tracks orig­i­nally recorded in the stu­dio for “Ev­ery Time My Mind Runs Wild.”

But this time the songs have a few added fea­tures, in­clud­ing con­duc­tor Boris Brott and 16 mem­bers of his Na­tional Academy Orches­tra, as well as Lightfoot’s six-piece tour­ing band (in­clud­ing back­ing vo­cal­ist Lisa Winn) and a spe­cial guest gui­tar solo by John-An­gus MacDon­ald of The Trews.

The idea for the album orig­i­nated in a Pan-Am Games per­for­mance Lightfoot did with Brott and the orches­tra in the sum­mer of 2015. The show was so suc­cess­ful that the two de­cided to do an­other, ex­cept, this time, record it.

They booked the LIVELab — a 100-seat the­atre used by McMaster Univer­sity re­searchers to in­ves­ti­gate the ef­fects of mu­sic on the brain — as the site. Two back-to­back con­certs were set up on Dec. 5, 2015.

“We had been play­ing the songs all sum­mer long on the fes­ti­val cir­cuit and had been liv­ing in­side them for a bit,” Lightfoot says about the live record­ing. “So I would say they’re the more fun ver­sion of the album. The guys in my band are amaz­ing and I wanted to show­case them.”

Stand­outs on the live album in­clude” “No Hurry,” with its R&B-in­spired horn sec­tion; “Lily’s Fair,” which is fea­tured in a new video from the show; “See you in the Morn­ing,” with a light­ning gui­tar solo by MacDon­ald of The Trews; and “Home to You,” backed with a swirling string sec­tion.

“I’m re­ally proud of that song,” Lightfoot says of “Home to You.” “I still think it is one of the great­est love songs I’ve ever writ­ten and all I write is love songs.”

Lightfoot es­ti­mates she per­formed more than 150 times last year in Canada, the United States and Europe.

Her busy tour­ing sched­ule was hon­oured on Wed­nes­day night at a re­cep­tion/record launch at Toronto’s Drake Ho­tel where Lightfoot was pre­sented with the Gold Road Award by the Cana­dian In­de­pen­dent Mu­sic As­so­ci­a­tion.

The award is given to Cana­dian artists who achieve a to­tal of 25,000 tick­ets sold on head­lin­ing or co­head­lin­ing shows within a 12month pe­riod.

At the CD launch, Lightfoot per­formed all eight tracks on the live CD, backed by a three-piece string sec­tion, as well as in­tro­duc­ing three new songs she is work­ing on for her next stu­dio album.

SONIC UNYON

Terra Lightfoot’s new CD, "Live in Con­cert," cap­tures her en­dear­ing bossi­ness.

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