Megan Jerome’s New Album Soothes and Sparkles
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Free-spirited and full of life, Megan Jerome has pulled together a beautiful new set of songs, Ooh, Aah! She is delighted to invite you to a special concert celebrating her new release, Wednesday December 13 at 8:30 pm, at the National Arts Centre’s Fourth Stage. Tickets ($25) may be purchased in person at the NAC’s box office, by calling the box office at 613 947-7000×620 or by visiting the NAC’s website.
This is the sixth album for the Galaxie Rising Star Award Winner who is heard regularly on CBC and whose performance highlights include the Ottawa Jazz Festival, Ottawa Folk Festival, Ottawa Bluesfest and NYC’s Rockwood Music Hall. This will be the second album with her band, The Together Ensemble, whose first album earned Best Bet picks by The Ottawa Citizen and CBC News.
Effortlessly timeless, elegant and inviting, Ooh, Aah! is signature Megan Jerome. Drawing on vintage and contemporary styles, she and the band have created a relaxed album to comfort and delight. Every song has a story to tell, from sultry cowboy-tangos like Candles, to the whispered campfire intimacy of The Way You Love Me Is As Big As The Moon, to the upbeat and sassy Lumières, Tortières, to the gospel-tinged Let It Come. What unites Megan’s songs is a passion for her craft and a pared-down quality that allows her clear, pure voice and message to shine through.
Holding the cosmos for her in the background, her exquisite band gives her all the space she needs. Each one a highly respected and talented musician in his own right, The Together Ensemble wraps Megan’s voice and 1962 Wurlitzer in a lush instrumentation of guitar (Fred Guignion), organ (Don Cummings) and drums (Mike Essoudry). Rebecca Campbell’s soaring background vocals are an extra special treat throughout the album, and Rebecca will perform live at the concert. Ottawa singers Mackenzie Di Millo and Katie Hurdon join in the chorus adding to the celebration. Tempos are deep and hypnotic, the dynamic range is wide, and the band envelops each song like a glowing malleable cloud. The effect is tangible and spiritual—the songs are at once orchestral and minimal, drawing from traditional gospel, jazz and meditative classical music.
A captivating performer, in concert Megan’s magic truly sparkles. Her shows are replete with rich layers and warm textures, and are intimate and crystal clear. She is grounded and full of light and she loves to laugh, at herself most of all! Megan will make you feel right at home.
Deeply comforting and inspiring, Ooh, Aah! will lift your spirit and get you in the groove to unleash your own creative wild side as you sing F*ck It! out loud with the album’s closer, safe in the knowledge that as far as Megan Jerome is concerned, truly, Your Voice Is Love!
Megan’s songs, her lyrics and her performance tell stories that draw you in. She has an ability to connect to the audience and make you a part of it. – Petr Cancura, Ottawa Jazz Festival Programming Manager
Imaginative and emotional…comfortable and effortless. – Jessa Runciman, CBC News, Ottawa
Ottawa’s Megan Jerome has a special flair for smart, sassy, folk- and roots-inspired songwriting…earthy grooving and swirling atmosphere back up Jerome’s earnest, affecting voice and vintage Wurlitzer electric piano. – Peter Hum, The Ottawa Citizen
Megan Jerome (…) amalgame brillamment le folk et le jazz contemporain avec ses chansons éclatantes et bien ficelées. — Mélissa Proulx, Voir