Rich, sweet, and lush with vibrato. These are only a few of the unmistakable
qualities that constitute Evangeline Gentle’s voice. But make no mistake; they are more than an accomplished voice –
her songwriting possesses authenticity and depth as rare and unique as
her own journey.
Born on the Northeast coast of Scotland, Evangeline has live performance in
their blood. Evangeline believes in the good-naturedness of people and our capabilities of growing together.
Evangeline’s a cappella EP You and I is streaming now on all platforms. Their
debut LP, produced by Jim Bryson (Kathleen Edwards, Oh Susanna) at his
Stittsville, Ontario studio Fixed Hinge and mastered by Grammy-nominated
engineer Philip Shaw Bova (Bahamas, Feist), is also available now on all
platforms via Sonic Unyon Records.
For Gentle, this album is about far more than just musical achievement.
“The album’s overarching theme is the pursuit of
open-heartedness,” they add. “It’s driven by the belief that it takes
extreme strength to be vulnerable but that the rewards of doing so are far
greater than those of being closed-off in the name of self-preservation.
That wasn’t intentional. Only when the album was finished did it dawn on me
that this idea was the thread stitching these songs together.”
The album’s ten tracks make for a powerful introduction to this
Hamilton-based singer songwriter. “Ordinary People” and “The Strongest
People Have Tender Hearts” celebrate the strength it takes to stay soft in a
world that can harden you with a single headline. “Drop My Name” champions
the voice of someone no longer willing to be taken advantage of. “Sundays”
is a sweet and honest exploration of insecurity in our romantic
relationships. “Neither of Us” and “Long Time Love” are love songs for the
modern day world, while “So It Goes” is a nostalgic retelling of teen-hood
and summer love. “Even If” and “Digging My Grave” are more meditative tracks
that share vulnerable truths about depression and recovery. “Good and Guided” is a hopeful closing song to this
album, uniting listeners with the question “How do we become good and guided
by the heart?”.
Evangeline has shared stages with notable artists such as Basia Bulat, Donovan Woods, Kathleen Edwards, Tim Baker, Jim Bryson
Craig Cardiff, Matt Andersen, Terra Lightfoot, and Lee Harvey Osmond and more.