Calgary, AB-based singer-songwriter Justine Tyrell is back with her brand new single, “Worthy”.
“’Worthy’ is about discovering and honouring self-worth in the midst of uncovering a partner’s deceit and dishonesty. I was inspired to create something that can empower the listener to know that it is better to let go of someone, than to lose yourself, and most importantly – that it’s critical to determine your worth, rather than let someone else decide for you. Part personal recounts of toxicity, and people trying to tear down my self-worth, and largely born from being a fly on the wall when people close to me were moving through the seasons of their own relationships.”
With a sound reminiscent of icons Aaliyah, Mya, and the classic R&B sound of the early 2000s, Justine’s sultry vocals, and traditional R&B melodies come with a fresh, modern-day flare, and have piqued the attention of music critics across Canada and beyond.
You can catch Justine, Taanka, and DJ Lavelle performing live each week with Jocelyn Alice on Jocelyn’s Facebook Fan Page every Sunday from October 25 – December 6 at 4:00 pm MDT.
A proud supporter of the Black Lives Matter community in her hometown and across the country, Justine is a trusted voice within the movement and was called on for her insight and commentary by numerous television and Instagram live outlets throughout the summer.
Check out “Worthy” below and find out more about Justine via our Five Questions With segment.
Care to introduce yourself to our readers?
I’m Justine Tyrell – Canadian R&B Artist, currently based out of Calgary, AB. I’m a singer and writer, who was raised around an eclectic collection of music, records, and CD’s – which helped me tap into how much I’m fueled off of expressing myself through music. I wrote my first song at 7 years old – and really just never looked back. I’ve been performing live for about 10 years – and have had the pleasure of singing to 30,000 people – and 3 people. I wouldn’t trade it for the world, as it’s shaped so much about me as an artist – and how I move through the production and recording process. I’m also hopelessly addicted to coffee.
Tell us a bit about your music and writing style.
My music is R&B, Soul, and elements of R&B-trap. I love taking a sound that is somewhat nostalgic and fusing it with something current, and reflective of the moment. My writing style is responsive. I usually start with chords, or a loop – then follow the mood, and what it makes me feel. I then build out a full picture (sometimes listing descriptive words, sounds, smells, that come to mind) – and work backward to decide on a story that comes from that. Sometimes it’s pieces of my story, sometimes it’s someone else’s, sometimes comes from a place I’m not totally aware of.
How have you been keeping creative during the Pandemic?
This time has come with its ups and downs, and has felt heavy- but has been so stimulating creatively. I’ve kept busy writing, recording, and collaborating online and in my production cohort. We keep a regular writing schedule, and actually wrote, arranged, and produced Worthy during the Pandemic. Lots of DIY moments, figuring out photo and video sets from home – and being able to be incredibly hands-on with the process. Which I love.
If you were asked to suggest only one of your songs for someone to hear, which would it be?
Worthy – 100%. Especially right now. There are so many reasons to feel anxious like we’re not enough, or isolated in our experiences – and I wanted to create a moment, where the listener can feel like they are enough and empowered, no matter what. Part open letter to myself- and part something for the listener to relate, and vibe out to.
Canadian Beats is all about Canadian music, so who are your current favourite Canadian bands/ artists?
Love Drake, Jessie Reyez – phenomenal artists. Jocelyn Alice could also sing me the phone book, and I’d be happy. She’s also an amazing writer.
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.