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by Jane Siberry

“One of the great singers and songwriters of our lifetime.” —Popdose Jane Siberry has lit up the charts with singles such as “Calling All Angels” and “It Can’t Rain All the Time” ... today, she's climbing the charts with her hit single EVERYTHING.
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Legacy singer/songwriter Jane Siberry has lit up the charts with singles such as “Calling All Angels” and “It Can’t Rain All the Time”, and invigorated the soundtracks of blockbuster films such as The Crow and Pay it Forward. Her collaborations with artists such as k.d. lang and U2 producer Brian Eno have delighted fans worldwide, as she gives meaning to both the mystical and the mundane though her caring, reflective songwriting style.

Jane Siberry reclaims the spotlight with the lush, vibrant full-length album Angels Bend Closer. Six years in the making and already named one of the Best Albums of 2016, Angels Bend Closer marks what may be the purest and most accomplished project in the beloved Canadian artist’s 36-year career. And just for radio, Jane has prepared five exclusive single versions of tracks from Angels Bend Closer that do not appear on the original album.

“One of the great singers and songwriters of our lifetime.” —Popdose

“A luxurious multi-octave delight” — The Village Voice

“Jane Siberry has not lost her sense of mystique.” —

ABC News “Lifts you up…a message I needed to hear this year.” —NPR

Jane Siberry is a Canadian singer-songwriter, renowned for a signature sound that is uniquely her own, and for her unfailing artistic integrity and creative innovations.

Born in Toronto, Canada, Siberry began playing piano at the age of four, developing her own concepts of notation and structure. In school she learned conventional music theory and taught herself to play guitar by working through Leonard Cohen songs. She began composing at a young age and completed her first collection of songs at age seventeen (later recorded on her album, Teenager (1996).
Siberry studied music at the University of Guelph, but found freshman music courses to be stifling, so she switched to microbiology and earned a BSc degree.

Siberry began her professional music career as a guitar and piano-based folk artist in the clubs and coffee houses of
Toronto, where she also worked as a waitress. She independently released, her first album, JANE SIBERRY (1981). It was self-financed with tips and bartered studio time, and included the song Waitress (“I’d probably be famous now if I
wasn’t such a good waitress...”).

Siberry’s work has spanned three and a half decades and 20 critically acclaimed CD’s. She has also contributed songs for a variety of films and TV projects including her now-classic 'Calling All Angels' duet with k.d. lang which she wrote for Wim
Wenders' Until The End Of The World, (also included in the film Pay it Forward,) and 'It Can't Rain All The Time', written for The
Crow. She has also collaborated on records with artists such as Peter Gabriel, Nigel Kennedy, Indigo Girls, and Joe Jackson, and participated on noteworthy projects such as Time & Love: The Music Of Laura Nyro.

Siberry, one of contemporary music’s most original creative voices, continues to write, record and tour.

Log-cabin contemplationsand cosmopolitan feel markmark first major release in years

TORONTO, Canada – When Jane Siberry began crafting Angels Bend Closer, her first major release in over five years, she set a lofty—and bold—goal: connecting with the “wider world.” Instead of going for original and esoteric, Siberry sought renewed mainstream accessibility.

To achieve it, she went in the exact opposite direction: off the grid. Siberry, it turns out, spends most non-winter months living without running water or electricity at her remote North Ontario log cabin.

“It’s so quiet,” she says, “it can actually wake you up sometimes.” It also allows her to tune in Earth’s own symphony—the fantasia of whispering trees, bubbling creeks and forest-animal choruses that informs these songs.

“Nature is what I decided, long ago, I would trust and take my spiritual guidance from,” says Siberry. It inspired her as she meticulously produced each track, then retreated to the hotel room where she spent nights chiseling her musical statements to perfect points.

“I speak more directly than I ever have in these songs,” she says. “I took the approach, ‘Time is ticking. Let’s not waste it if we’re going to communicate with each other.’”

And she wanted that message to be “something lush and beautiful and joyful and calming, in a world that’s very ungrounded these days.”

To say she has succeeded would be an understatement. These songs communicate as only Siberry can — with simultaneously elegant and earthy instrumentation and art-pop rhythms drawn from jazz, folk, rock, gospel and soul. Even when she addresses darker aspects of the human condition, her gossamer musical textures seem to float, carrying aloft lyrics that could stand alone as poetry.

From the first song, “Walk on Water,” and the push-pull “In My Dream” to “Geranium,” written years ago following the death of her father, and the final track, “The Great Train,” she beckons listeners into her world, and keeps us enthralled. Her voice dips and leaps around pristine, yet warm arrangements as she leads us through uniquely nuanced examinations of love, sex, pain, faith, hope, wonder and other experiences central to all of our lives.

Of course, she still manages to sandwich multiple meanings into each offering. One might assume the ballad “Anytime,” for example, sketches her thoughts regarding mortality and the strength of love; in it, Siberry sings, Someday when I’m long gone/I’ll still always be here/somehow ... maybe in the wind/or maybe in the rain/or maybe in a song/or maybe in the sunshine /the beauty of a rose/a feather falling near you/the kindness of a stranger/to show that I hear you.” Yet she reveals the song—one of two versions (there’s also an R&B/soul edition)—is also informed by her concern about children growing up in this day and age, and how she believes they should be treated. We’re too quick to accuse instead of respect, Siberry says, adding, “A lot of the songs I write are songs I wish someone had written for me when I was young.”

In “Send Me Someone to Love,” however, she offers a list of qualities she’s seeking in an adult companion: Someone whose lips I could understand/and who would understand/the language of mine/someone whose silence I could understand and who could understand the love within mine.

Throughout the album, Siberry deftly balances her natural-world contemplations with a cosmopolitan feel—particularly in songs such as “Hide Not Your Light,” which carries an ambient pop vibe suggestive of Brian Eno's Another Green World.

The result already has been heralded as a return to form for the wandering Canadian songstress, who first captivated the world with “Calling All Angels.” That k.d. lang duet appeared on Siberry’s 1993 album, When I Was a Boy, which also featured another of her most beloved tunes, “Sail Across the Water.”

Several voyages later, Siberry has come full circle with Angels Bend Closer. It even contains another duet with lang, on “Living Statue,” a prayerful request to let all life move through me freely, joy and sorrow, pure, intense.

Citing the album’s “jubilant melodies and phenomenal production,” Popdose.com writer Keith Creighton noted, “As heartbreaking as it is at times, Angels Bend Closer overall is a tremendously rewarding, enchanting and uplifting listen. It re-establishes Siberry as one of the great singers and songwriters of our lifetime.”

ABC News critic Allan Raible praised its “mesmerizing glow,” adding, “Thirty-five years since her solo debut, Jane Siberry has not lost her sense of mystique.”

She credits that polish to engineer Michael Verdick (Madonna, the Eagles) and to performer-turned-visual artist Dellamarie Parrilli, who served as executive producer/director of recording and designed the album’s striking artwork.

Parrilli, meanwhile, says she and Verdick just did some gentle tweaking. “The words and music, that’s all Jane’s. She created songs right in the studio,” Parrilli recalls. “She would lay down one track, maybe on piano. Then she would add strings and voices, singing harmonies against herself … I was just in awe, stunned by the creative genius I was witnessing right there in front of me.”

The term “creative genius” absolutely describes Siberry, though she claims she’s only now “inching my way into my prime.”

Over the course of her 20-album career, Siberry has inspired countless listeners; with Angels Bend Closer, she delivers a musical document likely to inspire generations more.



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