[Grant’s voice] is a beautiful, colorful instrument…melismatic and incredibly expressive – NOW Magazine

When Canada’s Juno-nominated singer Jenn Grant set out to create a video for “The Fighter,” the lead track from her new album The Beautiful Wild (Jan 22, Ba Da Bing), the process took an unexpected personal turn. Grant unearthed Super 8 footage of her mother, from the 1970s, being crowned Queen of Azaleas at an annual festival in Norfolk, Virginia—complete with a parade, marching band, waving dignitaries, and caged tigers—and spliced the found imagery with new performance footage. The resulting interplay of history and present day speaks to the power of memory and artifact. “This video is special to me because it documents two different periods of time that are important to my life,” says Grant. “Seeing my mother in this way is a reminder of her everlasting transcendent beauty. It was such an honor to use this footage, and will remain a piece of art to share with the world forever.”

The song, along with eight other original tracks on the album, was conceived and completed amid major changes in Grant’s life. After a decade in downtown Halifax, she married her musical collaborator Daniel Ledwell, and moved to the wilds of Echo Lake, Nova Scotia (pop. 3,562). With this reminder of her youth on Prince Edward Island, Grant embraced the return to reflection that a life away from the city affords. In this environment, accepting the past and finding the courage to lose oneself in the wilderness and all of its sublime experiences, The Beautiful Wild took form.

Calling on Eastern Canada’s close community of musicians and friends, the album features guitar, piano, horns, banjo, sitar, lap steel, strings and even a boys’ chorus. From the opening track, “The Fighter,” to the unlisted but not-to-be-missed cover of eighties battle anthem “The Eye of the Tiger,” the themes of struggle and survival come full circle.

U.S. Tour Dates w/Erin McKeown:
1/17 – Brighton Music Hall – Boston, MA
1/18 – Le Poisson Rouge – New York, NY
1/19 – Littlefield – Brooklyn, NY
1/20 – Johnny Brenda’s – Philadelphia, PA
1/21 – Iota – Arlington, VA
1/23 – Club Café – Pittsburgh, PA
1/24 – Beachland Ballroom – Cleveland, OH
1/25 – The Hideout – Chicago, IL
1/26 – Cedar Cultural Center – Minneapolis, MN
3/13-17 – SXSW – Austin, TX

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