The Yarmouth Vanguard is profiling each of the artists that are up for the Bell Aliant Entertainer of the Year award during Molson Canadian Nova Scotia Music Week, taking place this week in Yarmouth. The award winner, determined by a public vote, will be announced during Sunday’s Nov. 6 gala awards show at the Mariners Centre.
By Kristy Grear
FOR THE VANGUARD
Nova News Now
David Myles has quickly become a well-known name in the Atlantic Canadian music industry. In 2006 Myles moved to Nova Scotia and released his second album that gained him international recognition.
“When I moved to Halifax I was just a guy who came from New Brunswick. I didn’t know the music scene and I didn’t know how to connect the dots,” says Myles.
He says Music Nova Scotia helped him figure out what he should be doing. And he’s been doing it well ever since.
Myles is best known for his cheerful melodies, versatility and ability to fuse every style of music. With the release of his latest album, Into the Sun, he’s proven that his talent has a broad range. The first single from the album The Day Doesn’t Die is a collaboration with another popular Nova Scotia artist, Classified. The two met at Nova Scotia Music Week when it was held in Liverpool.
“When I met him during NSMW I realized we had a lot in common and I could work with him. It’s those kind of things that can happen at Music Week,” says Myles.
Myles says he can’t really be pinned to one certain sound and working with Classified gave him the chance to do something completely different.
Into the Sun reflects Myles’ love of Brazilian and African music, stays true to his signature love ballads and features new, creative, sounds.
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“It’s a mellow day-time record with a sunny disposition,” says Myles.
The reviews for the record are out and nothing less than great but it’s not the new album that Myles is being recognized for during NSMW.
The live show represents a significant part of what Myles is all about that can’t be captured in a studio recording, he says. The album Live at The Carleton was recorded in Halifax at The Carleton last winter and released this spring. For this he’s also up for male artist recording of the year and recording of the year.
“The stories, the interaction with the crowd, the added excitement of playing a song in front of an audience is all part of what I love about being a performer,” says Myles.
The album has landed Myles a nomination for Nova Scotia Music Week entertainer of the year.
Myles has been touring internationally and in Canada prior to making his stop in Yarmouth during NSMW. He says the crowd will be in for a surprise mix of songs, both old and new, during his performance.