Ontario’s own country artist, Jacqui Verellen took some time to chat with us for our newest segment of Five Questions With! We are sure you will enjoy finding out more about this up and coming Canadian artist. While you’re at it, check out her single, “Home Is Home” which was released earlier this year.
Care to introduce yourself to our readers?
My name is Jacqui Verellen, and I’m a Canadian country music lover, singer, songwriter, and nature lover!
Tell us a bit about your music and writing style.
My music is very indie I would say! Rooted deeply in country, but with subtle influences of pop and soul! My writing style is very whole hearted. I love to write about matters that tug at my soul or make me emotional. Usually when I write best, its quick and very inspired from an important moment in my life. Thats how this song came to be! An emotional spark visiting home!
Do you have any upcoming shows? For someone who has yet to see you live, how would you explain your live performance?
My next upcoming show is the Mackenzie Creek Festival next week Friday! My band and I will be performing my latest single, some originals and a few classic country covers! I would describe our sound as very rock/country. We have softer songs as well, but as a team we get pretty rowdy. Its very enjoyable because the audience can really get crazy with us!
If you were asked to suggest only one of your songs for someone to hear, which would it be?
I would definitely say “Home is Home,” because I feel like my other originals are fun, rowdy, celebratory but this one has real soul to it. I find people are a bit quieter, focused, and connecting with us during it. Its a reminder that we are all one and I love that about the song.
Canadian Beats is all about Canadian music, so who are your current favourite Canadian bands/ artists?
I love Madeline Merlo’s stuff, its something I aim to do, I love her songwriters and the piece “War Paint.” I have also always loved Carolyn Dawn Johnson, both her songs and her story inspire me. Terri Clark as well is another favourite and Chantel Kreviazuk! The list could go on forever. I love Canadas colours and sounds. Canadian music doesn’t get as much attention as it deserves. I’m really proud to be an artist here in Toronto.
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.