Although she has been compared to icons like Carole King and Nina Simone, Erin Costelo's fifth studio album, Sweet Marie, cements her status as an utterly inimitable voice in Americana music.
On the new album, Erin looks at a world and industry that pushed her to the edge of ending her musical career but she pushes back. Taking inspiration from sources as varied as Ryan Adams, Randy Newman, and the Staple Singers, Sweet Marie is a genre-defying album that sounds at once timeless, timely and completely fresh. Pulsing with a confident and cathartic energy, Erin's voice soars even as her songs dive deep.
Self-produced and recorded in 10 days in January in a timber-frame home on the ocean in Little Harbour NS, Erin gathered together some of the best musicians in the country. Glenn Milchem of Blue Rodeo on Drums, Anna Ruddick on bass (Randy Bachman), Leith Fleming-Smith on organ (Matt Mays, Hawksley Workman) and Erin's long-time guitarist and partner, Clive MacNutt. The project is complete with a making of documentary directed by Juno-winning songwriter, turned filmmaker, Amelia Curran. Sweet Marie: In Studio with Erin Costelo aired on CBC TV on November 24th, nationwide.
Erin Costelo's 2016 release, Down Below, the Status Quo was nominated for a total of 12 awards in her home on the East Coast of Canada including a win for Solo Recording of the Year, R&B Recording of the Year and Producer of the Year, making her the first woman to receive the prestigious award.
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