Posts Tagged ‘Frazey Ford’

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Frazey Ford, recently announced her third album U kin B the Sun, will come out on February 7th, via Arts & Crafts. Ford made a point of preserving many of the lightning-in-a-bottle moments captured during those first sessions for U kin B the Sun. As a result, the album embodies the same untamed and ineffable energy that guided its creation. “There’s certain songs that just appear and there’s no art to it,” says Ford. “To me those songs have some kind of spiritual quality—sometimes I feel like they’re these different voices that you’re able to channel. There really was something magical about the improvisational aspect and how that shaped the album, and such a joy in the experience of really reveling in what we were all creating together.”

I’m excited to tell you that my new album, “U Kin B the Sun”, will be out on February 7th.

A new single, “Azad”, is out today, For those asking, the track Azad is named after my older sister pictured here. The song is partly about survival and a wild wolf child. She was born with a third eye birthmark and hence my hippy parents gave her a Sanskrit name. Azad Lotus Blythe Ford is the wildest human I’ve known.

Lead album single “Azad” reveals the rich emotional texture of U kin B the Sun, embedding Ford’s lyrical storytelling with sharply rendered memories of early childhood (a time she spent living on a commune in Canada as the daughter of American draft dodgers). With its brightly shuffling beats and soaring vocal work, “Azad” offers a poignant message of courage. “There’s something to that song that’s about survival, and about the love that my siblings and I have for each other in coming through an intense situation together,” says Ford.

Frazey Ford, founding member of The Be Good Tanyas, adds her soulful solo work to the show, and our achievement award winner shares the story of their up-cycling organization where victims of floods and those in need can obtain essential supplies.

Recorded at John Raham’s Afterlife Studios in Vancouver, British Columbia, featuring her Vancouver musicians, Darren Parris, Leon Power, Craig McCaul and Caroline Ballhorn along with Phil Cook on keys, U kin B the Sun follows Ford’s 2014 release Indian Ocean, an album made with members of legendary Memphis soul band The Hi Rhythm Section. U kin B the Sun partly draws inspiration from several instances of serendipity that transpired during her international touring in support of Indian Ocean.

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“The Kids Are Having None of It” came out of a desire to envision change as though it has already happened and to champion the incredible movements that we’re seeing right now. Beyond our collective fear and anger about what is and isn’t happening, to create an image of the wave of change that most of us would like to see. The cast of the video are all close friends, moms and neighbourhood kids that my son grew up with. We had a beautiful day, being together. I think the love of community, real relationships, and the willingness to include the experiences of others is the real basis of activism.

“We live in capitalism. Its power seems inescapable. So did the divine right of kings. Any human power can be resisted and changed by human beings. Resistance and change often begin in art, and very often in our art, the art of words.” – Ursula K. Leguin “The Kids Are Having None of It” – the Vancouver-based soul-Americana artist’s first new music since her breakthrough 2014 album Indian Ocean. “Kids” is an activism anthem about empowering and enabling future generations – an urgent protest song moved the burgeoning activism of young leaders-of-change. Co-produced by Frazey and John Raham (Dan Mangan, Stars, Jon Bryant, Joshua Hyslop), “Kids” is activist folk music at its core, with Frazey’s calm, confident warning compelled by a visceral bass guitar backbone: “Get out of the way / You’ve had your day / And it’s no longer how we gon’ play.” The accompanying video by co-directors Brian Lye and Jen Weih (creators of Frazey’s video for “Done”) is a strong statement on the fabric of youth, community, and unity that envelops “Kids.”

Available Friday, October 18th

September Fields

Indian Ocean’s lead track “September Fields” is its strongest moment by a mile. Casting a long shadow over everything else that comes after, a massive song with a strong hook, strutting soul backing from, appropriately enough, the Rev. Green’s band the Hi Rhythm Section an assuredness of character not possessed by the remaining tracks on the album. It doesn’t hurt that it’s one of the few up-tempo numbers on Indian Ocean, moving at a comparably brisk pace and clearly set up for lead single status.


Ford’s formerly folk-heavy phrasing easily slides into full-on soul mode, turning syllables over in her mouth and stretching consonants and vowels with equal aplomb.

Frazey Ford is a Canadian singer-songwriter. She was a founding member of The Be Good Tanyas. Her solo debut “Obadiah was released on Nettwerk Records on July 20, 2010.

The songs “swing with a mellow neo-soul beat enlivened by buttery vocals”, and noted influences from rhythm and blues singers Ann Peebles, Roberta Flack, and Donny Hathaway.  Ford also credits her free spirited parents (her father was an American draft dodger who moved to Canada), and being a mother as strong influences on her songwriting. Obadiah takes its name from Ford’s middle name.



One of the defining features of The Be Good Tanyas is Frazey Ford’s distinctive vocals. As a lead singer, Frazey is poised halfway between folk and soul, paying simultaneous obeisance to Bob Dylan and Otis Redding’.
Her influences run near the surface – you can hear in her songs the combination of soul and folk that fuelled artists like Donny Hathaway and Joni Mitchell, but the stories of her new album Indian Ocean are all her own. The album is, a minor country-soul gem, full of lovely and deeply atmospheric instrumentation.


Frazey Ford recorded “Indian Ocean” at the Memphis Royal Studios, Ford was a member of Be Good Tanya’s, for this new album she recorded this album with Al Green’s backing band the Hi-Rhythm Section who were the House band at the Memphis studios at the Peak of the Stax sound