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Canada’s First Woman of the Guitar Liona Boyd Celebrates Romance and Latin Music with L.O.V.E. That includes New Single “Gracias”


With a storied, 45-year-plus profession full of success and accolades to replicate on, Canada’s “First Woman of the Guitar” Liona Boyd has definitely earned that title and the worldwide love she and her music have proven. There’s no resting on laurels happening right here, simply plenty of gratitude, love and new music to share with the world. Liona Boyd’s twenty ninth album, L.O.V.E. has arrived, together with the brand new single “Gracias.”

When our international pandemic slowed the world right down to an remoted crawl, the multi-honoured guitarist, composer, vocalist, and creator was all in regards to the ahead momentum of making new music.

“I used to be writing and recording extensively over the past three to 4 years,” the five-time JUNO winner not too long ago informed Canadian Musician.

The outcomes of that are a principally instrumental album known as As soon as Upon a Time focused for launch subsequent 12 months and Boyd’s model new album L.O.V.E. containing seven, exuberant, Latin dance-influenced tracks.

“The L.O.V.E. album songs are actually about sustaining a way of pleasure throughout this attempting time,” explains Boyd, who as soon as once more partnered with longtime producer Peter Bond to report the album at Toronto’s Rose Room.

Definitely, the inherent pleasure, romance and irresistible grooves of Latin music go a protracted technique to that finish. It’s a style that Boyd has lengthy felt an affinity for. “Since residing in Mexico as a young person, and performing in South and Central America, I’ve all the time felt a robust attraction to the catchy, sensual rhythms of Latin music,” Boyd shares.

The previous 12 months have actually showcased Boyd’s Latin music influences and leanings as three singles and movies have superior the discharge of the brand new L.O.V.E. album. The lead single, “Popcorn Remix”, a re-imagined and really dance-worthy model of the basic instrumental, arrived with a vibrant and playful video filmed in each Toronto and Palm Seaside, Florida peppered with visible call-backs to Boyd’s previous. Following that, Boyd launched the L.O.V.E.’s title observe, with visitor Latin vocalist, pal and fellow Torontonian Amanda Martinez, the video now has over 65,000 views on YouTube. The third single “Ayudame Papa”, which interprets as ‘Assist me, father’, is devoted to the multi-platinum and gold promoting artist’s late father John H. Boyd and options a few of his unique sculptures.

The most recent single launch “Gracias” is a easy, smile-inducing Latin thanks letter graced by Boyd’s shiny, signature guitar work and candy, clear vocals repeating “Thanks. Thanks. Gracias.” Regardless of the language, the gratitude Boyd shares for a lifetime of residing and creating the music she loves is palpable on this charming observe. The brand new music video for Gracias is obtainable now on YouTube.

Recipient of each Officer of the Order of Canada and Order of Ontario, Liona Boyd is the winner of 5 JUNO Awards, 5 Guitar Participant Journal’s Classical Guitar Musician of the Yr awards, Vanier Award, Girls Who Make a Distinction award, Prix ‘Esprit du Ciècle, and Artist of the Yr and Honorary Mayor of San Antonio, Texas — plus 4 Honorary Doctorate of Legislation levels and an Honorary Doctorate of Music diploma. She has obtained a Lifetime Achievement Award from the US Nationwide GUITAR Museum, becoming a member of the accolade’s ranks amongst fellow friends B.B. King, Glen Campbell, and Bonnie Raitt, in addition to a Lifetime Achievement Award from the JoAnn Falletta Worldwide Guitar Competitors, and inducted into Guitar Participant Journal’s Gallery of Greats.

For the reason that starting of her profession in 1974, Boyd has launched 28 albums. She has upwards of 16 million streams throughout platforms, and her dwell live performance vacation particular, A Winter Fantasy, continues to be televised nationally through PBS and CBC.

Liona Boyd has appeared in numerous venues world wide, and collaborated with the likes of Sir Andrew Davis, Yo Yo Ma, Eric Clapton, David Gilmour, Gordon Lightfoot, Tracy Chapman, Ronnie Hawkins, and Olivia Newton-John, to call a number of. The creator of two autobiographies, No Treatment for Love and In My Personal Key, in addition to a quickly to be printed rhyming kids’s e book, Boyd can be a devoted philanthropist and activist for a prolonged number of charities near her coronary heart.

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