Canadian Songstress Series Pays Homage
to the Women of Canadian Music
What happens when creative forms collide? The Canadian Songstress show answers that question. Port Moody artist Joyelle Brandt has painted a collection of works based on songs written by the women of Canadian music. The series is her exploration of personal identity, as a woman, a songwriter and a Canadian.
Brandt is now better known as an artist, but 10 years ago she was lead singer and songwriter of the electronica band Sonicjoy. Leaving her career in music after having her first son, she found a new creative outlet in art. But her passion for music has remained, and thus this collection was born. When asked about what these paintings mean to her, Brandt had this to say:
"Have you ever noticed how when a particular song comes on the radio it can transport you back in time with such intensity that you can smell it, taste it, feel it? We each have a collection of songs that become the soundtrack to our lives. This collection is as unique as your fingerprint, and it tells the story of you. I wanted to tell a story with these paintings about the lives of Canadian women, about my life. Each song has moved me, inspired me, made me dance, made me cry. These songs have carried me through hard times and helped me celebrate joyous times. They have become interwoven with my memories, part of the fabric of my life."
Canadian Songstress includes paintings inspired by the music of Jann Arden, Nelly Furtado, Hilary Grist, Dawn Pemberton, Jodi Proznick, Rykka, Serena Ryder and Ria Mae. The genres are musically diverse, covering everything from pop to jazz to R&B.
Brandt says "This collection is my love letter to the women of Canadian music. May they continue to touch our hearts with their voices, and may they know that their talent and hard work has made a difference."