Ember Swift

Ember Swift is a diverse singer/songwriter hailing from Toronto. She is joined by Lyndell Montgomery (electric violin, bass), who has been performing with her for the past 7 years. Occasionally, Adam Bowman and Cheryl Reid make guest performances on drums and percussion. "Disarming" is a combination of every type of mainstream music known to man: punk, pop, reggae, soul, funk, blues, R&B, classical and even francophone. Swift even lists what type of music each song is comprised of on the back of her album. Swift doesn't want to be classified in any particular genre, but rather wishes to be recognized for her diversity and her strong messages. In fact, her words come out very clearly on her songs, allowing for the listener to fully hear the message in her lyrics. Most noteworthy is Swift's concern with worldwide social and political issues. Her songs deal with issues such as food politics, feminism, vanity, capitalism, queer politics, racism and environmentalism. It's refreshing to see an artist who realizes that she is in a position to make a worldly difference with her music. Ember Swift has been performing for quite some time now: she has 7 records all released on independent labels, and sponsored by the Government of Canada (promoting Canadian artists). Over the years, she has had the opportunity to tour across Canada, the U.S. and even Australia. Recently she was nominated for Outstanding Songwriter Of The Year at the 2003 Out Music Awards in New York City. Fans of Ani Difranco will surely love Ember Swift. My favorite songs are: "Trapped & Wired", "Sucker-Punched", "Elle Est Là" and "Breath".

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