Saskatchewan-based Leanne Hyndâ€™s earliest musical memories revolve around such rock nâ€™ roll pioneers as Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash and Chuck Berry. After spending her teen summers in Oregon (training in gymnastics), Leanne went on to experience a variety of locales, including Saskatoon, Calgary, Vancouver and Salt Lake City, all the while developing a passion for songwriting.
Having collaborated with a number of musicians and composers throughout Western Canada and the United States, Leanne then set out to establish herself as a professional singer-songwriter. Teaming up with Glen Adair, a guitarist-songwriter, from Milden, Saskatchewan, Leanne began creating a body of work she was determined to share with a wide audience. The musical partnership with Glen continues to this day.
As a personal expression of her thoughts and feelings on a variety of subjects close to her heart, Leanne recorded an album of material (Stand On The Edge) from 2002-2004 which was not intended for release commercially. She then hit the festival and coffee house circuit in Wetsern Canada in earnest, gleaning valuable experience along the way.
In late 2004, Leanne commenced work on her first commercially available album, Somewhere in Between, by recruiting a number of seasoned musical veterans from the prairies: Glen Adair (guitar), Hugh Mitchell (bass), Rod Salloum (keyboards), Robin Labossiere (drums), Rosanne Maluk (harmony vocals and percussion), Neil Meckelborg (co-producer and engineer)
The roots-rock project caught the attention of Rockinâ€™ Rod Records and it was not long before Leanne signed to the label (which has a twenty year history on the prairies). Leanne will be touring Western Canada in support of Somewhere in Between, and, with the promotional support of Rockinâ€™ Rod Records, will be sharing her music with roots-rock fans across the country.
Although Leanne has travelled extensively in her lifetime, she plans on residing in the Saskatoon area for the time being. This singer-songwriter has found that the space of the prairies inspires her to express her work through a full range of life moments, stories and learning.
SOMEWHERE in BETWEEN
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 1, 2005
Rockinâ€™ Rod Records takes pride in releasing Somewhere in Between, the latest album by Saskatchewan-based singer-songwriter, Leanne Hynd.
Leanne developed a passion for songwriting in her formative years while living in a variety of locales, including Saskatoon, Calgary, Vancouver and Salt Lake City. After collaborating with a number of musicians during that time, Leanne decided to pursue a music career of her own and began writing material for herself to perform. A chance meeting with Glen Adair in Milden, Saskatchewan led to a musical partnership which resulted in the completion of an albumâ€™s worth of personal songs, Stand On The Edge.
In late 2004, work commenced on the recording project which would ultimately become Somewhere in Between. Recorded at Saskatoonâ€™s Audio Art Recording studio and co-produced by Neil Meckelborg, the project boasted a stellar line-up of seasoned prairie musicians: Glen Adair (guitar, harmony vocals and co-writer), Hugh Mitchell (bass), Rod Salloum (keyboards), Rosanne Maluk (harmony vocals and percussion), Glenn Ens (drums), Roy Sydiaha (drums), Berny Wiens (harmony vocals),
Terry Collison (bass) and Gillian Snider (harmony vocals and keyboards).
Somewhere in Between is a heartfelt collection of roots-rock material which explores Leanneâ€™s feelings towards love, relationships and family ties. The initial single from the project, â€œMe and This Worldâ€, has already garnered airplay on CBC Radio, as well as on a few Saskatchewan commercial radio stations.
Having signed on with Rockinâ€™ Rod Records and working with the core group of veteran musicians on the album (along with newly-recruited drummer,
Robin Labossiere), Leanne is readying herself for extensive promotional touring across Western Canada in the coming months. Needless to say, this aspiring singer-songwriter eagerly anticipates sharing her brand of roots music with as many people as possible across the country.
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING...
"...both of the CDs are, in my opinion, exceptional, and for different reasons: "Eartheart" for its wisdom, compassion, and "heartfelt-ness" .... "this is the kind of work that initiates a fuller breath and with it a (re)commitment to protect our planet Earth and all life"; "Somewhere in Between" for its inspiration, honesty and lushness..."Witness to this World" really touches me (and makes me dance), Final Good-byes, Somewhere in Between and Time is Only Heart are other favourites; it is really really well produced and Glen's guitar is amazing, not to mention the photography...just pro, world class product."
- Lyle Povah & Music Works - artist/musician/drummer/
healing arts - Vancouver, BC
â€œIt was so serendipitous to see you during the Her-icane Festival. You are a very personable performer. I was glad to finally hear and see the Leanne Hynd and Co performance. Your voice is strong and is well blended with the instruments. The post snow piled winter night where only the few brave souls ventured was like a magical story unfolding brilliantly and serenely at the same time.... The minstrels and singers came out from their winter
denizens to play to the small village people and you wowed them (us)...thank-you again for a beautiful night of dancing and singing...â€
- Joseph Naytowhow - artist/singer-songwriter/drummer
internationally recognized storyteller - Saskatoon, SK
"Leanne Hynd's poetic voice and sincere lyrics resonate with listeners of all ages. It was a pleasure to host her performance and would welcome her back to our community again."
- Outlook and District Arts Council
For more information contact: Susan Robertson 306-867-8661
â€œLeanne Hynd & her 5-piece band deliver a unique brand of roots-rock, distinguished by heartfelt lyrics and solid musicianship. By surrounding herself with veteran Prairie players, Leanne has created a stage act which has been described as mesmerizing, compelling and uplifting.â€
- Ron Spizziri, Rockinâ€™ Rod Records
â€œindeed a first listen to Somewhere In Between reveals a distinctive, often souful approach from Hynd and strong instrumental support from Adair... but the impact of Hyndâ€™s lyrics requires a little more time for thought... Hynd makes it clear she is not interested in sappy love songs but human emotions that sit a little deeper.â€
- Wayne Gibson, Crossroads, excerpt from
article, December 5, 2005
FOR MORE INFO:
Check out the artist's website:
1. Me and This World
2. Sacred Passage
3. You've Got A Friend
4. Final Good-byes
5. Somewhere In Between
6. Time Is Only Heart
7. All The Great Walls
8. Witness To This World