JACK CONNOLLY’S LONG AWAITED ALBUM, ‘GREAT BIG SOUL’ IS AVAILABLE NOW

18 Nov

Jack ConnollyFor Toronto-based Jack Connolly, the belief in the power of music has been one of the most persistent of his life.

The fine balance between masterfully orchestrated instrumentals and lovingly crafted lyrics holds a power that can’t simply be ignored. It has the ability to change the lives of the people who listen and even the people who play it. It’s a power that Connolly has been familiar with since he was a child, where he listened to records at home. To him, the ritual of turning on the record player, putting down the needle, and sitting down to listen to the likes of Elvis Presley, Leonard Cohen, and Waylon Jennings held a kind of magic for the BC native. It was the desire to be closer to that magic, and perhaps even be a part of it, that inspired him to pursue a career in music.

As soon as he felt ready, Jack started a band and began playing in coffee houses on Vancouver Island, recording his first album, Open Stage, in 2001 at the age of 15. His second album, 2004’s The Empty Café brought forth critical acclaim and the title of Songwriter of the Year at the Vancouver Island Music Awards. Ever persistent and never liking to get too comfortable with staying in the same place musically, Jack went on to be a regular at folk festivals and local venues, often sharing the stage and earning praise from such distinguished artists as Tom Cochrane, Blackie and the Rodeo Kings and Spirit of the West.

In 2009 a yearning for new adventures and experiences pulled Jack east to Toronto, where he now calls home. There he continued to refine his craft by playing in selected venues and recording an 8-song acoustic album, Soulcraft, in the process. Toronto continued to be a positive influence on Connolly, and his adventures there provided inspiration for the songs in the album as well as ideas for future songs, jotted down in the notebook that every songwriter has on them at all times.

In 2013 opportunity came knocking for Jack with the news that he was one of six jury-selected finalists from across the country participating in the Canadian Country Music Association’s (CCMA) prestigious 2013 Discovery Program. Jack found himself brought under the mentorship of top country music professionals including Juno Award Nominee Dallas Smith, and allowed him to perform in industry showcases during Country Music Week in Edmonton, Alberta. To say that this inspired Jack to push forward with his musical career and look at his methods in different ways is an understatement, and the Discovery program exposed his sound to a whole new crowd of people who very quickly became fans.

Jack Connolly’s latest album, Great Big Soul, was not originally intended to be an album, but more of a collection of 50 or so songs, several of which were co-written with his father, to tuck away in his notebook. But circumstances shifted for Jack and he found that he was in a position to naturally create an album using 12 of the songs he felt were the best out of the 50. While combining the soulful, heartfelt lyrics of the old country and rock records that inspired him as a child along with the big band grandiose energy of the new country style he has grown comfortable with, Jack successfully shows that always moving forward and pushing yourself creatively pays off. With the politically fuelled “Raise My Hand”, a song about breaking the status quo and finding the faith and courage to stand up for someone or something, to the gospel-inspired title track “Great Big Soul”, a song that came to Jack shortly after his father had been diagnosed with Leukemia and he realized that his life was heading for a major change. The song itself is a challenge to enjoy each moment of life and the importance of moving forward.

With the lyrics of a well-seasoned storyteller constantly on the road, the instrumental high-energy of a full band concert, and the experience that can only come with more than a decade of pushing for perfection, Jack Connolly is a testament to the power of music and the notion that one can only ever move forward and evolve.

For more information contact:
Anya Wilson Promotion & Publicity
416.266.2273
robin@anyawilson.ca

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