Vancouver soulstress Katherine Penfold delivers 'SWEETEST THING'
7 October 2019
The album release will be on Friday, October 18th at Vancouver’s Guilt & Co
After a steady set of single releases, music videos, and buzzing NY & London shows, Katherine Penfold finally debuts her much anticipated album ‘SWEETEST THING’. Following the international buzz on her latest singles ‘Better’, 'Feel Like Makin’ Love, Far Away', and 'Unapologetic'music video, this 10-track release is the perfect soulful, intimate jazz album to kick off the autumn.
Soul resides just beneath the exterior. Upon meeting Katherine Penfold, you might initially notice the prominent tattoos along her shoulder and arms before the conversation veers to her lifelong affinity for motorcycles, skateboarding, or woodworking - let alone music. Listening to her sound elicits a different impression altogether - as a sultry, smooth, and sweet delivery belies the rustic badassery she exudes with ease. This gorgeous contrast illuminates the artist’s 2019 full-length debut, 'SWEETEST THING', available October 4th.
With a story to every song and a really powerful vibe, 'SWEETEST THING' is the musical juxtaposition that is Katherine Penfold. Although her tattooed, 6 ft, tomboyish exterior seems harsh to the naked eye, Penfold’s quirky Nova Scotia and Brandon University classically-trained upbringing creates a soft and clear musical voice that is all about love and joy. With this unique persona, Penfold went on to win the GROOVEFM singer/songwriter competition, perform alongside the likes of Hugh Laurie, Jeff Lorber, Brad Turner, and Jodi Proznick, and even sell out headline shows. Her fascination for construction and architecture drove her to build her own studio - one of the many things she loves creating from scratch with her hands. While co-producing this album with David Sikula, Penfold channels these experiences and her spirited style to a soul, funk, and R&B 10-track wonder.
She taps into this vibe on the first single, her cover of Roberta Flack’s 'Feel Like Makin’ Love'. Over dreamy keys and slick percussion, she breathes new life into the classic staple, sliding into the pocket with seductive bliss. She co-wrote “Better” alongside GRAMMY® Award-winning producer Chin Injeti [Drake, Eminem]. Its slinky groove seesaws from jazzy verses into a resounding chorus as she croons, “You make me feel better,” in a call-and-response over a bass warble. “I struggle with depression and anxiety,” she admits. “The song is for my partner. He finds a way of making me feel better during those times. It’s dedicated to the person who helps you up.”
Elsewhere, fluttering keys and dreamy production underscore 'Far Away' on which she joined forces with Moonchild’s Amber Navran. The track details “the heartache of a long-distance relationship.” Handclaps and sky-high vocal runs abound on 'Unapologetic', - her latest release and intimate music video, which highlights the scope of her showstopping range. “It’s about stepping up and not hiding anymore,” she goes on. “It’s a powerful moment for me.” In the end, these moments define the duality at the heart of 'SWEETEST THING', released in full October 4th, 2019.
Penfold will celebrate with an album release event on Friday, October 18th at Vancouver’s Guilt & Co, which will be the first in a series of West Coast performances for Penfold through December.
KATHERINE PENFOLD SHOW DATES 2019:
18-Oct-19 Vancouver Guilt & Co 24-Oct-19 Vancouver Guilt & Co 01-Nov 19 Edmonton Yardbird Suite 02-Nov-19 Calgary BuckingJam Palace 06-Dec-19 Vancouver CBC Studio 700 13-Dec-19 Vancouver Christ Church Cathedral 14-Dec-19 Vancouver Christ Church Cathedral 14-Dec-19 Vancouver Festival of Lights
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