Windsor, Ontario, Canada - Windsor-based pop singer & songwriter Crissi Cochrane marries the heart of the East Coast with the soul of Detroit on Little Sway, a new 10-song album released worldwide today on iTunes and at CrissiCochrane.com.
Produced in Windsor with local engineers and musicians, Little Sway sees Crissi stepping into new creative territory. While the artist's previous release, the Pretty Alright EP (2011) reached #5 on the national campus radio Folk chart, this new album carries the influence of jazz, soul, bossa nova, Motown, and R&B. It is a spirited and charming album, with a modern pop sensibility, which pays homage to great swing & blues musicians of the past - such as mid-century sax players Stan Getz and Lester Young (whose styles influenced the sax arrangements on the record), and writers George & Ira Gershwin (whose 1924 song "The Man I Love", popularized by Billie Holiday, is reinterpreted by Crissi on this album). This warm, vintage spirit is painted anew with modern, crafted beats & programming from the creative genius of Windsor producer Adam Rideout-Arkell.
Crissi attributes the change in her musical style to the change in her environment. Born and raised on the East Coast of Canada, Crissi moved to Windsor from Halifax, Nova Scotia in 2010. Windsor/Detroit's dense radio airwaves, second-hand vinyl shops, and rich musical history sparked a creative revolution in the young writer.
The record received funding support from the Foundation to Assist Canadian Talent on Recordings (FACTOR), the Ontario Arts Council, and the Windsor Endowment for the Arts. It features bass & drums by Mike Hargreaves & Stefan Cvetkovic, both of local rock/soul trio The Walkervilles, and a sax section arranged and led by Drew Jurecka (who has arranged songs for internationally acclaimed artists Jill Barber, Raine Maida, and Jully Black).
Next week, Crissi returns to Halifax to perform at The Company House (2202 Gottingen St.) on Friday, February 7, with special guests Jon Samuel & Willie Stratton. For ticket sales and more info, please visit http://crissihfx.brownpapertickets.ca
In Windsor, Crissi will celebrate Little Sway with an album release show at The Phog Lounge (157 University Ave. W.) on Saturday, February 15, with special guests Sarah Hiltz & Mike Hargreaves.