Girls to the Front Songwriters Circle
Hosted by Julie Corrigan
Featuring Lynn Miles & Brea Lawrenson
Monday January 20, 2020
there’s something to be said for experience, for taking the time to grow into your own skin. All sturdy things need time to root ﬁrmly into the ground to ﬁnd their strength.
Lynn Miles is one of Canada’s most accomplished singer/songwriters. With twelve albums to her credit, the winner of multiple Canadian Folk Music awards (2011 English Songwriter of the Year), and a 2003 Juno award for Roots and Traditional Solo Album of the Year, she has certainly found her strength over time.
Through a career that has seen her move from Ottawa to Los Angeles and back again, with stops in Nashville and Austin TX., and a healthy touring schedule that regularly takes her through the US, Europe and across Canada, she has always created and performed music with unbridled feeling and vulnerability.
Ottawa Valley’s Brea Lawrenson captures emotions and stories in her music that have put her on the charts several times in the last five years. Her success is further punctuated with appearances at fairs and festivals (Ottawa Bluesfest, Boots & Hearts, Cavendish Beach Music Festival, Havelock Country Jamboree and Kemptville Live Music Festival) where she has shared stages with many well established artists, opening for Meghan Patrick, Tom Cochrane, Tebey, The Washboard Union, The Road Hammers, Ronnie Prophet, Brett Kissel and many more. Brea’s full band show is backed by Ottawa Valley’s popular band doubleBack – Brea & The BOIs have a stellar festival show that mixes old with new and will have you dancing in the aisles.
Teaming up with Bill Miller at Sharp 9 Music and his award winning producers Pete Lesperance and Jeff Dalziel in 2019, Brea continues to rack up some impressive feats while retaining her status as an independent artist. With her continued success, she’s leading the charge for indie artists in Canadian Country Music today. Stay tuned for another great collaboration with this team in early 2020.
“I’ll be waiting for you, the wolves will be calling, the skies will still be blue” – Home
Born and raised in the Ottawa Valley, Julie Corrigan is a warm & soulful country singer/songwriter hailing from the small town of Shawville Quebec. Julie’s hometown has been a source of inspiration for many of her songs from her debut album The Language, recorded in Ottawa at Little Bullhorn Studios with producer Dave Draves. Through memories of growing up on a farm along the Ottawa River, her songs tells stories of heartache, loss, tragedy and a longing for going home.
Known for her stunning live performances around the Ottawa Valley and across Canada, Julie’s lifelong songwriting growth culminated in the summer of 2017 when she performed at Ottawa Bluesfest. She has also performed at the National Arts Centre and Blacksheep Inn, as well as other festival performances which include Marvest City Folk, Shawville Fair and Megaphono. Julie has been featured on CBC Radio and CKCU FM, in which “The Language” was the #1 played album of the year in 2015. Julie also hosts a live monthly event at Irene’s Pub in Ottawa called Girls to the Front Songwriters Circle, which showcases women in music locally and beyond.