Album: Benefit of the Doubt
Release Date: June 22, 2018
Juno nominated singer-songwriter Kellie Loder has released her long-awaited third album Benefit of the Doubt. Loder- a former contemporary Christian singer and still intertwining her spirituality in her music – is making a name for herself as a strong songwriter and performer. The Newfoundland & Labrador songstress’ growing resume includes a signed co-writing publishing deal with Pandyamonium Music Publishing and a 2016 Bell Media Songwriter Challenge selection. She’s graced the stages of countless festivals and secured opening act slots with artists like Paul Brady, and Amelia Curran. Her collaborators include— but are not limited to — Justin Gray (John Legend, Mariah Carey, Amy Winehouse), Ari Rhodes (Ryan O’Shaughnessy, Michelle Treacy), and renowned fellow Newfoundlanders Damhnait Doyle and Jerry Stamp.
Her songs read like a diary; pure emotions put to beautifully crafted melodies of guitars, pianos, and violins. She’s a passionate storyteller with a voice that conveys warmth and power effortlessly woven together. Whether she’s looking at society “Molded Like A Monster”, “Hate Loves Hate”), creating stories of adventure and longing (“Boxes”, “Beneath the Sea”, “Unlikely”), heartbreak (Not Meant for Me”) or delicate love songs (“Playground”) – each emotion is lovely and superbly produced into the album’s 10 tracks.
Benefit of the Doubt is a storybook of love, heartbreak, longing, humanity. Shouting to the rooftops as she calls out for her questions to be answered; questions we’ve all asked. She puts it simply, “is there anyone out there like me?” Loder has delivered an album of uplifting guitars and drums that take her lyrics and really give them life; then she gives us heartbreakingly gorgeous piano melodies and violin chords. All presented as an honest portrayal of the fears, the hopes, the love, and the heartbreak that we all feel in one way or another. I have fallen head over heels for Kellie Loder, and she doesn’t need the benefit of the doubt from me.
Rebecca here- a Niagara native now living and breathing music in Toronto. As a Ryerson journalism graduate and a self-proclaimed music junkie, I’ve been fortunate enough to write for brands like Andpop and Really Records, and now Canadian Beats. My tastes in music are all over the map- Stevie Wonder to Fall Out Boy; Miranda Lambert to One Direction – which is why I spend almost as much money on concerts as I do on rent. But I have no regrets. If you like my ramblings you can also find me on Twitter (RMattina5) & Instagram (rmattina93).