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Liner Notes: Hard Won, John Cody, ole red dot, 2017

JOHN CODY HARD WON   LINER NOTES: APRIL 4, 2017   Nick Krewen     It was a race against time. The circumstances behind the recording of John Cody‘s fourth album, Hard Won, may sound panicked and urgent, but there’s a reason for it: they were. In May 2016, the Montréal-based singer and songwriter received the news that no one wants to hear, especially if you’re a musician: his larynx,…

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Kelly Clarkson pleased that new album shows off her soul

Meaning of Life is a departure for the American Idol winner — one she’s been waiting for. Nick Krewen Music Mon., Oct 30, 2017 “Character, sass and attitude.” Powerhouse singer, American Idol alum and current The Voice judge Kelly Clarkson nails a description of her new Meaning of Life album, just released, in just four words as she sits across her from her interviewer, resplendent in a black dress.   While…


Worth the wait for Fall Out Boy’s Mania

Bassist Pete Wentz says the band delayed its new album because “a Fall Out Boy album in 2017 can be anything, but it can’t be uninspired.” Nick Krewen Music, Sat., Oct. 21, 2017 There will be no Mania available to consumers when Chicago rockers Fall Out Boy touch down at the Air Canada Centre on Wednesday, Oct. 25. Oh, there was supposed to be a seventh album by that name…


Odd pairing Pitbull and Enrique Iglesias was rhythm divine at Toronto concert: Review

The contrast between the two performers couldn’t have been more opposite, which perhaps explains why the musicians shared the bill, but not the stage. Nick Krewen Music, Sun., Oct. 15, 2017 Enrique Iglesias and Pitbull Tony Robbins, Pitbull is in your crosshairs. One of the more intriguing aspects of the first of the two-night double bill at the Air Canada Centre featuring singer Enrique Iglesias and rapper Armando Pérez —…


Ralph Murphy: “Every Day I Want To Write The Ultimate Song”

Story by Nick Krewen | September 19, 2017 FOR SOCAN Words and Music Ralph Murphy has been writing songs, as he likes to describe it, “since God wore short pants.” And he’s had a lot of success over the decades. The iconic, Nashville-based SOCAN member, a 2012 Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame inductee, penned the No. 2 Jeannie C. Riley hit “Good Enough to Be Your Wife” in 1971;…