Better Broken is my sophomore EP, and the lead single “Way Up” is streaming now.
Along with my first EP Then We Fall, the songs I’m writing are the closest I’ve come in the journey of figuring myself out, and the culmination of years of writing, busking, and recording. My goal has always been to be as deeply honest as possible in my music — to take what I create from my most personal feelings, written in the loneliest hours, and make it available for anybody to listen to. It sounds scary, and I suppose it is, but when you really feel that what you’ve made is true to yourself, it’s comforting to know that whoever hears it will understand who you are. All I’ve ever wanted was for my songs to connect with as many people as possible, and hopefully be there for them in the moments when music is the only answer.
I started writing songs at age 9 and that’s all I’ve wanted to do since. I grew up performing countless shows with my brother, sister, and father in our family band, busking on the streets of western Canada all through my teenage years. I logged my 10,000 hours as a musician and discovered the joy of winning over an audience with my voice and acoustic guitar. After years of building that foundation, I got excited to explore a different kind of musical palette around my songs and break away from the acoustic leanings that I’d grown comfortable with. So when I turned 20 last year, I decided that the next chapter of my songwriting should be elevated by modern production and influenced by the pop music I love, while still staying true to my singer-songwriter roots.
Then We Fall tells the story of falling into love, growing apart, and ultimately starting the cycle all over again, and Better Broken tells the story of what happens when that cycle ends. The music was recorded with the amazing producer Hugh Mackie inside of a box truck that was converted into a recording studio (which is exactly as cool as it sounds). Hugh and I spent countless hours in the truck discovering how these songs were meant to sound within our new musical landscape. Our main focus was making sure that nothing got in the way of the emotional message of the songs, so we tried to keep the arrangements as sparse as possible. We wanted them to breathe with space and simplicity.
Each song on these EPs takes me back to exactly where I was when it was written and exactly how I felt at that time – whether overjoyed or heartbroken. I hope that you can hear yourself in these songs, and that they reflect your own life back as you listen. If they can make their way into your memories some day, I’ll feel like I did my job.