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Toronto-based songstress Skye Wallace has recorded her incredible version of Patti Smith’s “Because The Night” in honour of International Women’s Day.
Skye had this to say about her inspiration:
“Patti Smith’s quiet power, her fearless artistic expression, her deconstruction of expectation: many pieces of her have influenced who I am and where I want to be in my art. When I’m down and feel like quitting, thinking about her and her path brings me back to the reasons why I embarked on this journey in the first place. She’s a bad ass. I wanted to cover her song ‘Because The Night’ for International Women’s Day to pay homage to her fuel to my fire.”
Skye’s diverse musical background and ‘contemporary’ songwriting influences may seem like a dichotomy, yet she is able to seamlessly blend both to create her own brand of music. In other words, Skye Wallace is what happens when a classically trained singer with East Coast roots discovers punk rock in their youth and writes music that makes you feel excited.
Wallace’s upcoming album embodies Canadiana. From living on BC’s west coast to spending time at residencies from Norris Point, Newfoundland to Dawson City, Yukon, the Toronto-based artist has been inspired by every corner of the country. She plans on touring extensively starting in the spring and participating in many festivals over the summer, more details to come.
But it’s not just geography that informs her sound – her lyrics are often based on Canadian history, sharing the struggles and stories of the past. But this doesn’t result in nostalgic sounding music – her songs may have roots in folk, but they branch out into so much more – sometimes moving, sometimes frenetic, sometimes straight-up unrestrained. With a voice that effortlessly floats between sultry purrs to powerful yelps, and a band that will take you from somber lows to kitchen party highs, Skye’s live show is a force to be reckoned with and a residency at Dakota in Toronto last Fall solidified that garnering much industry buzz.
Skye has been cited as one of Canada’s best female artists and aptly described as “Fire” by Noisey. Her last album, Something Wicked, was produced by beloved musician/songwriter Jim Bryson. It was named one of Vancouver Weekly’s Best Albums of 2016, CBC’s Top 8 Albums You Need To Hear This Month, and was dubbed by CBC’s Stephen Quinn, a “kick ass record”.