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
Born and raised on Prince Edward Island, Halifax-based Jenn Grant is like no other Atlantic Canadian musician you’re likely to hear during Nova Scotia Music Week.
Her sound has been described as folk, pop, country and everything in between.
“I like to change my sound, it reflects my surroundings,” says Grant.
Grant’s surroundings change often, from Egypt where she wrote several tracks for her new album Honeymoon Punch, to Parliament Hill, where she performed during the Canada Day celebrations with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge present.
But home is where Grant’s heart is and where the roots of her melodies lie.
“I’ve learned how important it is for me to be home with my family and never too far from the water,” says Grant.
Her third album Honeymoon Punch embodies what Grant says is the sound of joy. As one of Nova Scotia’s most revered songwriters she teamed together with her new husband, member of the band In-Flight Safety, Daniel Ledwell to produce the record.
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Previously deemed a soulful balladeer, Grant raised a few eyebrows with the new album. Her third release is a far cry from the sombre lyrics Grant’s been pegged for. The playful, uplifting theme of the record reflects Grant’s love life.
“I wanted to do things differently this time, I’m not one certain sound. What I feel is what I write,” says Grant.
After a summer of playing festivals, touring and getting married, Grant plans to keep up the busy schedule and tour in New York and Boston into 2012.
Fans won’t have to wait long for another album to hit shelves as Grant and Ledwell plan to return to the studio in January to begin working on her fourth album.
Grant is up for five Music Week awards. In addition to entertainer of the year she is up for female recording artist of the year, recording of the year, SOCAN songwriter of the year and music video of the year.