Award-winning Kingston, ON-based author and rising singer-songwriter Steven Heighton has unveiled his new single, “New Year Song”.
With the song poetically turning the page to what matters most on any and every day — the love we give — the profoundly moving single arrives from Heighton’s recent debut LP, The Devil’s Share, out now via Wolfe Island Records/CRS Europe.
Written near the end of 2020, “New Year Song” is Heighton’s defiantly hopeful, optimistic embrace of the year ahead, despite the pandemic and worsening political strife. With a steady acoustic strum behind his clear, confident vocal, Heighton keenly observes love’s enduring and paramount importance through examples of those on the precipice of death, under the weight of despair, questioning their purpose or steadfast in their faith and conviction. As each expository verse of “New Year Song” closes the singer finds himself answering the call to live a loving life in a more resolute and open way.
“New Year Song” is the second single from Heighton’s debut album, and follows the previously released track, “Don’t Remember Me”. In a short time, his music has made an impressive impact on reviewers and revered artist contemporaries alike; The Queen’s Journal calls the collection “a terrific blend of folk, rock, and blues built on the foundation of Heighton’s tender-yet-searing poetry,” and internationally-renowned Canadian singer/songwriter Ron Sexsmith writes, “Steven Heighton’s songs and voice truly resonate with me. They give me a sort of ‘Where have you been all my life?’ feeling.”
The closing chorus of “New Year Song” hits an emotional apex when the great gospel and blues artist Sherman Holmes adds his voice to the choir, inviting both personal and collective healing while celebrating the potential aftermath of that change – a new year, truly.
Check out the video for “New Year Song” below and stay up to date with Steven via his website.
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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.