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Toronto-based folk artist Julian Taylor will release his new single “Opening the sky on September 23rd off his upcoming album Beyond the Reservoir (Howling Turtle Inc./Warner Music) due out October 14th. 

After 25 years in the industry, 12 albums and EPs to his name and having just won Solo Artist of the Year at the Canadian Folk Music Awards in 2021 for his previous album The Ridge, Toronto singer-songwriter Julian Taylor continues his meteoric rise in Canadian music. Following the recent release of “Seeds” in June (which debuted at #1 on the Indigenous Music Countdown), Taylor returns with his new single “Opening the Sky”. 

“Opening the Sky” is a tribute to his daughter and offers an encouraging message about the difficulties women face. Musically, the song is a mix of folk, jazz and country. The drums have a “mardi gras” festivity to them despite the song’s lyrical depth. The title is also a nod to Taylor’s Mohawk origins as it is the English translation of his grandfather’s name.

The album Beyond the Reservoir was co-produced by Julian Taylor and his longtime partner and collaborator Saam Hashemi (Snoop Dog, Ludacris, The Kooks), and mixed by Hashemi. The album was recorded in three studios: Canterbury, Saam’s Place and The Woodshed (Blue Rodeo‘s studio). The latter is also the studio where The Ridge was born. This album is a compilation of 9 songs that are complex both musically and lyrically. Julian Taylor’s voice remains authentic – he wants this album to help people connect with their own humanity.