Giselle CD Release April 2019

GISELLE CD Release Show | Published May 2019

Juno and CCMA award-nominated artist Giselle held her third solo album release on Thursday, April 18th! Fans enjoyed Giselle's live performance and incredible new music in the intimate setting of The Jazz Room in UpTown Waterloo.

View photos from the show courtesty of Dawne Taylor-Gilders at snapd Kitchener-Waterloo.

Check out the new album, Worth the Wait and have a listen on the Music Page and see some more shots from the CD Release Show in our Photo Gallery!

Waterloo Chronicle | April 8, 2019

By Marshall Ward

"Giselle is one of my favourite Canadian singer-songwriters, with her uplifting, soulful harmonies and bright, captivating presence."

 

You can check out the new album, Worth the Wait and
have a listen on the Music Page!

Giselle is one of my favourite Canadian singer-songwriters, with her uplifting, soulful harmonies and bright, captivating presence.

She kicks off the release of her third solo album, Worth the Wait, at the Jazz Room in uptown Waterloo on April 18 with two performances at 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m.

I first met Giselle Sanderson several years back at the K-W Bilingual School, where she was both a parent and vocal coach for the music education program. I immediately recognized her from her videos on Country Music Television, as she had been a member of country trio Lace.

A Juno and Canadian Country Music Association award-nominated artist, Giselle has worked under the direction of some of the world's most highly acclaimed producers, including David Foster (Olivia Newton-John, Madonna, Christina Aguilera), Humberto Gatica (Michael Jackson, Celine Dion, Michael Bublé), and local producer Rick Hutt.

So, I recently caught up with her to chat about her new work and musical influences.

"The new tracks will take you from a bluesy feel on Love Me Not to a slightly Motown vibe on Worth the Wait to pop-country with Storm You Chase," said Giselle, who grew up listening to blues artists like Louisiana Red and Hound Dog Taylor with her father.

"And the Motown era will always be one of my favourites. We had a band called Moebius that played regularly in uptown Waterloo at the Rude Native. We loved playing Jackson 5, Stevie Wonder, the Temptations, and the place would be packed. The pop-country influence is from many years of making country music and the unforgettable times I had being part of Lace alongside Beverley Mahood and Stacey Lee Guse."

Her new album was recorded, mixed and mastered at Cedartree Studio in Kitchener by Rick Hutt, whose crystal-clear and richly-textured production elevates albums by Anne Murray, Beverley Mahood and the Northern Pikes.

An award-winning performer with a diverse career, Giselle has shared stages worldwide with artists like Keith Urban, George Strait, and Brooks and Dunn.

Her upcoming shows at the Jazz Room will be intimate in atmosphere and song choice, performing alongside good friends Steve Hogg, Matthew Lima, Sean Habermehl, Stacey Lee Guse and Carrie DeMaeyer with Rick Hutt joining in as a guest for a few songs.

"The Jazz Room is such a great listening room," she said. "They've done a fantastic job with the sound and it makes for a really intimate setting where you can hear each word of a song and the clarity of each of the instruments."

Giselle told me her set list will include material from all three of her solo albums, along with songs by some of her favourite artists like the Eagles, the Bee Gees and Alicia Keys.

"And maybe a little Lace revival," she said, smiling. "You just never know."

Like Giselle's new album, I'm certain it will be worth the wait.
---
Marshall Ward is a freelance writer and artist. Email is welcome.

Waterloo Chronicle | January 18, 2017

By Marshall Ward

"I’ve been listening to the album endlessly with its beautiful melodies and catchy choruses, along with the soulful harmonies"

Canadian singer-songwriter Giselle Sanderson believes in the old proverb: It takes a village to raise a child.

“It takes a village to make a record also,” said Giselle, who kicked off the release of her new solo album, If You Ask Me, with a sold-out show at The Jazz Room in Waterloo last month.

I first met Giselle several years back at the K-W Bilingual School where she was both a parent and vocal coach for the music education program. I immediately recognized her from her videos on Country Music Television, having been a member of country trio Lace.

I was fascinated when she told me about her career, and I recently caught up with her to chat about her latest work.

She has worked under the direction of some of the world’s most highly acclaimed producers including David Foster (Olivia Newton-John, Madonna, Christina Aguilera), Humberto Gatica (Michael Jackson, Celine Dion, Michael Bublé), and local music producer and composer Rick Hutt (Anne Murray, Beverley Mahood and The Northern Pikes).

“I had the pleasure of writing all the songs on my new CD with my very good friend Carrie DeMaeyer, and when we thought the songs were finished we brought them to Rick Hutt at Cedartree Recording Studio,” said Giselle. “So we start with Rick and we’ll play him our guitar-vocal version of the songs, then he puts down a groove that goes with the guitar track we came up with and build it piece by piece with musicians right here in Waterloo Region, so we owe a lot to him.”

I told Giselle how I’ve been listening to the album endlessly with its beautiful melodies and catchy choruses, along with the soulful harmonies on Nobody’s Lying and the heartbreaking duet If You Ask Me.

“When Lace was charting and we had a pretty big presence in the country music industry, Colin Amey had a solo career and we crossed paths back then,” she said. “It was Rick Hutt’s suggestion we bring him in because the key of that song (If You Ask Me) requires a tenor to sing with me, and there’s not a lot of male singers who can sing in that register. And what he brought to the song is a bit of angst that is perfect.”

Working with a publisher in Nashville, Giselle is currently submitting her songs as demos to publishing companies for other musicians to cut, she said.

I told her the track Worth Fighting For sounds like a hit, with its summertime Go-Go’s-esque vocals and simple Fleetwood Mac-like drums.

“I’m trying to write commercially and something relatable that people would want to hear at five o’clock on their way home from work,” said Giselle.

An award-winning performer with a diverse career, Giselle has shared stages worldwide with artists like Keith Urban, George Strait, and Brooks and Dunn.

“I’m so grateful for the pleasure of working with so many amazing people over the years,” Giselle said with a smile. “Like I said, it takes a village.”

For more information on Giselle’s new CD, If You Ask Me, and her work as a vocal and performance coach, visit gisellemusic.com.
---
Marshall Ward is a freelance writer and artist. Email is welcome.

Thank you to everyone that came out to The Jazz Room on December 1 to help kick-off the new CD Release! Below is a follow-up to the show, courtesy of snapd Kitchener-Waterloo Magazine.

'Giselle' CD Release Party | Published January 2017
Award-winning Country artist, performer and songwriter Giselle, held her new CD ('If You Ask Me') release party at The Jazz Room on December 1st. Her passion and enthusiasm for music was self evident and inspiring and the result was thoroughly enjoyed by her audience.


Giselle
Giselle with her band