Jenn Grant is happy to announce the May 31 release of her new album Love, Inevitable. Today she shares a sneak peak of the album by way of a video for the power-pop first single “Raven.” Of the track she notes “‘Raven’ came from a place of trying to find my own power when I was crowded with self-doubt. For me, it’s about taking a step into the unknown and learning to trust yourself. It’s about making a choice to let go of the idea that you needed something or someone, and finally stepping into your freedom.” Watch the video, directed by Daniel Ledwell here.
Grant has confirmed a North American tour with dates that stop at New York City‘s Rockwood Music Hall on June 4. The full tour is listed below.
Grant’s believes in, while writing a song, the power of intuition; that she can feel something in the air and has to catch it. The peculiar and enthralling magical quality of the Halifax folk-pop singer’s songwriting and performance persists all around Love, Inevitable.
Love, Inevitable is a marker for a period of change in Grant’s life; of moving through one moment and leaving it behind, almost carefree, for another. After making 4 consecutive albums with her husband, Daniel Ledwell (and being nominated for a Juno three-times), Grant stepped out of her usual comfort zone and reached out to Grammy nominated American producer and engineer, Tucker Martine. A synergetic and collaborative team was born, spending the bulk of the summer months recording in Portland, Oregon Grant would be going through a massive period of personal change during the time after her last record, Paradise, specifically because of her pregnancy. It was many years of personal struggle, amidst touring and making records before she could create the family she had always wanted.
Love, Inevitable is and isn’t about motherhood. A direct conversation of motherhood is omitted and instead we’re left with an impression of this process; “Some of the guitar songs I wrote in this little window of a few days where I felt this kind of energy around me. I didn’t know I was pregnant yet and those were when those songs were written. Those songs are special to me.”
Grant wrote the tracks in her living room in Halifax, turning to a Roland keyboard, experimenting with different tunings on her acoustic guitar and a banjo. She then flew to Portland, Oregon in July 2018 to record at Martine’s Flora Recording and Playback. Of the experience, Martine says, “Jenn is my favorite kind of collaborator. She showed up with fantastic songs, great ideas and a willingness to try anything. We immediately found a mutual love for the record making process being about discovery, trusting each other and surprising ourselves. This brings a vivacious quality to a record.”
What makes Love, Inevitable compelling is its ease, despite the struggle and personal heartache that went into the writing of these songs. The record’s title comes from a moment when she heard Martine’s wife, Laura Veirs, singing the Daniel Johnston song, “True Love Will Find You in the End.” She found symmetry here, remembering how her husband used to sing her that song as well. The song reminds Grant of her own trek back to both herself and to finding her own family.
As the Johnston song goes, ”Not giving up until… you step out into the light, the light… true love will find you in the end.”
2.) Our Love
3.) Keep A Light On
5.) Favorite Daughter
6.) Magic And Mistakes
7.) Sweet Grass
8.) Bird At Midnight
9.) Lost In Our Wishes
10.) Lay Me Down
Jenn Grant tour dates
April 5 – Burnstown, ON – Neat Coffee Shop – Sold Out
April 6 – Tamworth, ON – Abbott Hall – Sold Out
April 11 – London, ON – Aeolian Hall
April 12 – Gravenhurst, ON – Peter’s Players
April 13 – Elora, ON – Elora Brewing Company – Sold Out
April 17 – St. Catharines, ON – Warehouse Concert Hall
April 18 – Paris, ON – Dominion Telegraph Event Centre – Sold Out
April 19 & 20 – Wakefield, QC – Black Sheep Inn
May 14 – Winnipeg, MB – West End Cultural Centre
May 15 – Regina, SK – Artesian on 13th
May 16 – Saskatoon, SK – The Bassment
May 17 – Edmonton, AB – Station on Jasper
May 18 – Calgary, AB – National Music Centre at Studio Bell
May 21 – Canmore, AB – Communitea Café
May 22 – Nelson, BC – Spiritbar, Hume Hotel
May 23 – Nanaimo, BC – St. Andrew’s United Church
May 24 – Victoria, BC – Capital Ballroom
May 25 – Vancouver, BC – Fortune Sound Club
June 1 – Toronto, ON – Danforth Music Hall
June 4 – New York City, NY – Rockwood Music Hall
Aug 23-25 – Tønder Festival, Denmark