“Stereo Love” is the song that has everyone talking, with its accordion and sensual vocals. The track hit Number 10 in the Billboard Canadian Hot 100. How did the song come to be?
The song was brought to me by Ultra Records. They were looking for a North American artist to do the official remix and they had heard about me. They sent me the song, which I demoed and sent back to them. They loved it and in a matter of days it was released everywhere.
One of my favourite songs from Devotion is “Miles Away,” a track that lets you show off your stronger vocals with a lush but subtle arrangement. Your performance isn’t filled with the vocal acrobatics generally used by so many of today’s pop singers, which is a refreshing change. Was this by design?
No, not really. “Miles Away” is a very meaningful song to me, so I just sang from my heart.
Clearly the Canadian music scene is a diverse one, often much more varied than it’s credited for, and dance pop is emerging as a popular genre. With a wave of artists challenging the traditional notion of Canada as the land of the Tragically Hip and Rush, what does it mean to you to achieve such success in a relatively “new” genre?
It's a blessing and an amazing opportunity to be able to bridge the gaps between the different types of music and artists that Canada has to offer. We have talented individuals in all genres of music, not just country and rock, and being able to showcase that through my music means a lot to me.
To jump off on showcasing your music, what role do you think music videos have played in your exposure?
Besides my shows, my music videos are my way of connecting with my fans. Without the videos, my fans wouldn't know what I look like, or how I express myself, or my fashion sense. So they have introduced me to my audience.
What’s it like working with (music video director) Marc André Debruyne?