whole Lola rocking
By Fred Sherwin
singer Lola Spriggs says her new CD 'Lifescrapes' should appeal to a very broad
audience. Fred Sherwin/Photo
a nearly a decade away from the music scene, Navanite Lola Spriggs is about to
make her long awaited comeback in a big way.
former member of Ottawa based bands Rough Edges and The Republic, has just released
her new full length CD "Lifescrapes", a semi-autobiograpohical collection
of original rock songs and powerful ballads.
stopped performing in 1993 when other events in her life including the break up
of her marriage and the death of her mother led to a change in priorities. She
has since remarried and is the mother of a 14-year-old son.
has drawn upon the ups and downs in her life to help provide material for the
all about events in my life, both good and bad, and how Ive grown and learned
through all the various experiences which is what life is all about, says
Spriggs who is thrilled with the result. Im completely excited about
it. Im really happy with how its turned out.
the songs on the CD were co-written with friend and former bandmate David Matthews
who produced the album out of Sound Creation Studios with help from engineer Scott
and Matthews began their little project just over a year ago. Four of the songs
were pre-released on an EP entitled "Expressed" last spring that made
it all the way to #23 on CKCUs Album Chart of the Week despite limited distribution.
many, many hours toiling away in the studio, Spriggs took the master recording
down to Toronto at the beginning of September to have 2,000 CDs made by an independent
has mail copies of the CD to the top four record companies in Canada in the hope
that one of them will agree to distribute and market it. She also plans to mail
out CDs to over 1,400 radio stations in Canada, the U.S., Europe over the next
music fans can purchase a copy of the CD at Record Runner, CD Warehouse, Legend
Records, and Birdman Music. You can also buy it over the internet at www.hmv.com.
If you want to check out the CD before buying it, you can listen to 30 second
clips of each song at www.lolaspriggs.com beginning next week.
you will hear is an eclectic mix of material aimed at a broad audience. The musical
selections range from the brooding "I Love Alone" to the hundred mile
an hour, full speed ahead "Draggin Fly" that should appeal to the younger
signature song, which will also be the first single, is "Chrystal's Crystal
Ball". The song has a Rolling Stones vibe to it that is highly contagious,
requiring repeated listenings.
highlights include "Fast Lane" and "Eyes of a Lonely One"
about a person having to deal with personal pain while trying to maintain a cool
exterior. While recording the track, Spriggs imagined her father and the struggle
he went through trying to stay strong on the outside while dealing with the painful
loss of her mother
own personal favourite is "Dream of Maya Park", a smoky, jazzy number
that is best enjoyed with a glass of single malt scotch or a fine wine.
has a little something to for everyone. It's diversity makes it impossible to
pigeon hole into any one genre. Spriggs says it simply reflects the varied musical
tastes of the average listener.
people in the 25-55 age group already have a very diverse taste in music. They
may listen to classic rock one minute, blues the next and something more contemporary
the next. If you play the CD to 11 different people they would probably like 11
different songs," says Spriggs.
don't know about that, but I do know that if your record collection includes the
Rolling Stones, Janis Joplin, Bonnie Raitt, Diane Krall, Alanis Morissette and
Sheryl Crow, "Lifescrapes" would make the perfect addition.
story was made possible thanks to the generous support of our local
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