By: Jenna Melanson
Album – Sugar & Cream
Release Date – September 17, 2014
iTunes Link – https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/sugar-cream/id921749008
Genre – Country
Caledon Hills, ON based country artist, Billy Grima started pursuing music as a young boy, and the hard work shows. He has released three albums, “I’m Just Standing”, “A Little Piece of Heaven”, and most recently, “Sugar & Cream”, which is the one I will be focusing on today.
The album was produced and engineered by Pete Swan and features ten full length tracks that blend country with pop and folk. I had three songs that stood out immediately for me, so those are the ones I will be focusing on.
“Pleasure To Have Met You” is the first track on the album, as well as the first single that was released, and I can see why. It has a unique country/pop sound with lyrics that have you singing along right away. I thoroughly enjoyed this song and would highly recommend it to anyone out there looking for a heartfelt, yet fun and upbeat song.
The fourth song, “You Mean The World To Me” has the same mixture of genres as I mentioned before, although gives off a slightly more country feel. That being said, the song still possesses that emotion that I loved so much in “Pleasure To Have Met You”. If you know my taste in music, you know that I’m a sucker for a song that tells a story, and a lot of the songs on this album do just that.
“Baby Please Don’t Cry” is the final track on the album and is a bit slower than the previous two that I have mentioned, although that doesn’t mean I enjoyed it any less. Billy has a talent for pulling the listener in and making them feel as they are a part of the music. A lot of these songs could relate to any of us, and I think that’s what appealed to me with “Sugar & Cream”. You will be singing along to the tracks almost immediately and even if you want to stop, the catchy beats, and strong emotion in the songs will not allow it.
I’m Jenna, and I am the founder and editor of Canadian Beats. I have had a strong love for Canadian music, which started many years ago. I have a passion for promoting these talented Canadian bands and artists, and that’s how Canadian Beats came to be. I am so proud of what it has become over the last few years, with many talented music lovers and writers coming together to spread the word of Canada’s music.