I had the opportunity to ask London’s The Marrieds questions about their upcoming release Fire in the Flame and release celebration show. Be sure to pick up a copy of Fire in the Flame on June 4, 2016 and connect with the duo on their social media pages.
First off, can you introduce yourselves to Canadian Beats readers?
We are Jane Carmichael and Kevin Kennedy originally from Brampton and Sault Ste. Marie respectively, but we’ve been in London for the past 15 years. We are indeed married as our band name would suggest – 7 happy years J
Who are your influences?
We both have very different influences. Kevin grew up listening to rock and heavy metal – Metallica, Eric Clapton, Zeppelin, whereas I preferred the singer/songwriter types like Jewel, Jann Arden, and Sarah McLachlan with the exception of Aerosmith. One artist who we both love and are very influenced by today is Tom Petty.
How did you meet? When did you begin pursuing music together?
We met in first year University at Western. We were both in the music program and lived in Delaware Hall – Kevin on 2 West and myself on 2 South. One night we both stayed in on a Saturday night which was unusual at the time and I asked Kevin to help me with my theory homework. We ended up sitting in the common lounge talking from 9pm to 6am. I knew that night that I would marry him.
It took a while before we could play together without arguing. Perhaps it was pride, perhaps we were both stubborn, but it wasn’t until a massive snowstorm in London (Snowmageddon) snowed us in that we were able to make music together. We wrote a snow song each day, creating a Snow Song Trilogy and it garnered the attention of CBC Radio just 24 hours after we had posted the songs on YouTube.
How would you compare Fire in the Flame to your previous releases?
It’s more emotional than the others and deals with deeper subjects. It’s our first digital record too as the previous ones were recorded to tape.
Whom, or what, were inspirations for tracks included on the release?
Of the 9 songs on this record, 4 of them we were requested to write by people who had loved ones they wanted to celebrate through song. All of the songs are about real people and real stories ranging from struggling with illness to falling in love to growing old.
What were the most memorable aspects of production for Fire in the Flame?
There were so many moments from singing the songs for the first time to our producers Matt Weston and Bob Breen, to hearing the string quartet play our arrangements for the first time, to learning how to play the accordion to play it on just one song, to working with the photographer, graphic designer, and videographer of Studio 428. It was all so memorable.
Your CD release celebration show will be hosted on June 25th at Aeolian Hall in London. What surprises do you have in store?
Well it wouldn’t be a surprise if we told you, now would it?
Are there any songs that you are most keen on fans getting the opportunity to hear? Why?
We are excited for people to hear our songs with a full band and string quartet. We usually just perform as a duo.
What can fans expect to see from you next? Any plans on touring?
We have a few Ontario shows this summer and then we are doing a mini Canadian East Coast tour. We’ll also be filming another music video this summer.
At Canadian Beats, we like to include fun questions to allow fans to get to know you a bit more.
Who are your favourite Canadian artists?
Monster Truck, Death From Above 1979, Neil Young, Colin James, Jeff Healey, Kathleen Edwards, Sarah Harmer, Chantal Kreviazuk, Jann Arden, Sarah McLaughlan, Dala
What was the first album you ever purchased?
Jane: I think it was a Debbie Gibson tape. The first CD was Alanis Morissette’s, Jagged Little Pill.
Kevin: Skid Row or Warrant.
What is your favourite summer activity?
For Kevin it is taking care of his vegetable garden, biking, and just being outside. For myself, it is going to the beach!
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
We have both always wanted to go to Australia because we have met so many lovely Australians and would love to visit them.
Finally, is there anything else you would like to say to our readers?
Please connect with us if you feel so inclined. We love meeting new people.
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