FOR­MER IDOL WIN­NER TO RE­LEASE DE­BUT EP

Hei­del­berg’s Paige Warner, the 2015 Welles­ley Idol win­ner, set to re­lease her first EP next month

The Woolwich Observer - - FRONT PAGE - STEVE KANNON

HAV­ING HONED HER SOUND, Paige Warner thought it was about time she recorded some mu­sic. The re­sult, her de­but EP Re­vealed, will be re­leased next month.

The 2015 Welles­ley Idol win­ner, Warner is im­mersed in mu­sic, teach­ing it four or five days a week and spend­ing her week­ends do­ing gigs.

“That’s pretty much my life,” she laughs. “I love it. I wouldn’t ask for it to be any other way.”

Early on, she per­formed cov­ers and worked on de­vel­op­ing both her own voice and writ­ing her own songs, fo­cus­ing on stir­ring lyrics and the catchy melodies of con­tem­po­rary R&B. Now, the Hei­del­berg res­i­dent feels she’s found what she’s look­ing for, mak­ing it time to re­lease an al­bum.

“I’ve wanted to for a while. It’s been a long time com­ing,” she says, not­ing she waited un­til she was happy with the di­rec­tion of her mu­sic. “Peo­ple have been ask­ing me to record some­thing for a while.”

The EP to be re­leased May 11 is fit­tingly en­ti­tled Re­vealed: she’s now ready to let her songs be heard.

“This is me as an artist re­vealed.”

In writ­ing, she finds some songs come to her all at once while oth­ers come in pieces, are tweaked and crafted over time, some of them go­ing back to her high school days.

“One of the songs on the EP, ‘From the Start,’ just came to me. I was sit­ting on the dock at the cot­tage, and I had this over­whelm­ing feel­ing that I had to write a song. I went in­side and got my gui­tar ... and I wrote that song in one go.”

Warner grew up in a mu­si­cal fam­ily, lis­ten­ing to the jazz and blues artists her fa­ther en­joys. Some of that can be found in her own mu­sic.

“Each song has its own hints of other gen­res in it,” she says of those she’s penned.

In the R&B vein, she points to the likes of Eva Cas­sidy and emerg­ing artists such as Daniel Cae­sar and Ja­cob Banks as in­flu­ences.

Though Re­vealed is her first record­ing, Warner started with mu­sic at an early age. From es­sen­tially busk­ing out­side the mar­ket even be­fore she reached high school, the young mu­sic afi­cionado moved on to book­ing her own shows. Things got a lit­tle more se­ri­ous – and a bit more scary – when she first en­tered the Welles­ley Idol fray in 2013, where there were not only au­di­ences but judges. She ad­mits that her first kick at the can didn’t go as well as it could have, but she kept at it and, by 2015, took the crown at the com­pe­ti­tion.

The en­tire ex­pe­ri­ence was help­ful, she says, con­tin­u­ing to build on her stage pres­ence.

“It was great. Just get­ting on stage in front of peo­ple was a big step. The more times I do it, the more com­fort­able I get.”

That’s im­por­tant, as she’ll be out per­form­ing shows in sup­port of the record­ing fol­low­ing its May 11 re­lease on all the on­line plat­forms, in­clud­ing a stop at Block Three Brew­ing in St. Ja­cobs on May 18.

Hav­ing grown up in the new dig­i­tal re­al­ity of the mu­sic busi­ness, she knows that the on­line stage is a way to get the word out, draw­ing peo­ple to the live shows, which in turn drives in­ter­est in the record­ings.

“At this point, I’m just try­ing to get my mu­sic out there, try­ing to get peo­ple to hear my mu­sic,” she ex­plains.

Links to that mu­sic can be found at her web­site, www. paige­warner.ca.

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Paige Warner’s EP Re­vealed will be avail­able on­line on May 11, with pre-re­lease go­ing into ef­fect April 11. The al­bum re­flects the evo­lu­tion of the young singer-song­writer’s R&B-tinged style.

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