Canadian poet-novelist and singer-songwriter, Steven Heighton recovered from a near-fatal accident, then returned to his songwriting roots to create and release his debut album, The Devil’s Share, which includes the new single, “Don’t Remember Me”.
A deeply moving declaration to a lost love who needs to be, but can never really be forgotten, “Don’t Remember Me” is the first post-release single from the 11-track LP — which just landed this Spring via Wolfe Island Records/CRS Europe.
Heighton’s first album of original songs, The Devil’s Share was recorded by veteran producer Hugh Christopher Brown and features Brown on keyboards (Barenaked Ladies, BB King, Tragically Hip, Bourbon Tabernacle Choir), bassist Jason Mercer (Ron Sexsmith, Ani DiFranco, Bourbon Tabernacle Choir), and lead guitarist Tony Scherr (Nora Jones, Keith Richards).
All the ways we loved have slipped my mind
Like these letters I forget to send
Souvenirs of grass and sand
Carried home from the sea
And I don’t remember you
No, I don’t remember you
And you don’t remember me
If there’s anything Heighton would certainly like to forget, it’s the life-threatening injury that almost caused the irreparable loss of his voice. In 2010, the Toronto-born, Kingston-based artist suffered a laryngeal fracture — a crushed voice box — while playing recreational hockey, and doctors told him he might never talk normally, and would never sing again. Heighton took that diagnosis as a challenge to rebuild rather than as a sentence of lifelong silence; he picked up his guitar again and returned to writing words to be sung in addition to the ones he was writing to be read.
New songs were also coming to Heighton as his voice continued to regain strength. He felt compelled to record them, as well as a few others he’d been working on for years. Following the poet-songwriter paths of kindred spirits like Leonard Cohen and Kris Kristofferson, he also drew on wider influences like Tom Petty, John Prine, Bob Marley, Tom Waits, Townes Van Zandt, Patti Smith, and Robbie Robertson. He surrendered to the writing and recording process with Brown and emotionally raw new material emerged, inflected by personal, social, and political urgencies of the last few years, and brought to life by the pandemic lockdowns of the past 18 months and as expressed in the anthemic album track “2020.”
Steven Heighton views the release of his first album of original songs as a return home to his music and songwriting roots after overcoming a life-altering accident. It’s “making good on the sort of promise you vow to yourself in your early years without knowing you’ve done it.”
Check out “Don’t Remember Me” below, and his album, The Devil’s Share HERE.
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