Backseat Heroine

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Backseat Heroine
Cover art
Studio album by Emma-Lee
Released February 7, 2012 (2012-02-07)
Genre Pop / Rock / Americana / Soul
Producer Marc Rogers
Karen Kosowski
Emma-Lee
Emma-Lee chronology
Never Just a Dream Backseat Heroine

Backseat Heroine is Emma-Lee's second album, released February 7, 2012. Produced by Marc Rogers, Karen Kosowski and Emma-Lee, and released on the Special Agent label, under exclusive license to eOne Music Canada.

Description[edit]

The voice and the songs are certainly the driving force behind Backseat Heroine, at its core it’s held together by the love and passion of the musicians around her.[1] The cover art of Backseat Heroine, a painting of Emma-Lee, was done by Michael Michael Motorcycle, a painter and illustrator, to reflect a "70s, psychedelic vibe".[2] The inspiration for the album's title is derived from the Bobbie Gentry song "Girl from Cincinnati." The album is dedicated to Emma-Lee's father who died before the album was officially released.[2]

Instrumentation[edit]

  • Emma-Lee - Lead Vocals,Acoustic Guitar, Tambourine
  • Devrim Eldeleki - electric guitar,12 string guitar, acoustic guitar, background vocals (track 8)
  • Mark McIntyre - Bass, Background vocals (track 8)
  • Marc Rogers - Bass & Backup Vocals
  • Karen Kosowski - piano, wurlitizer, rhodes, Background vocals (tracks 1, 2, 5, 6, 8)
  • Denis Keldie - B3 organ, Lowry Organ
  • Marc Rogers - Background vocals (track 8), horn arrangements (track 5), shaker (track 6)
  • Mike Olson - string arrangements, cello
  • Kevin Mendes - Drums, Shaker, congas, Background Vocals (track 8)
  • Rebecca Hennessy - Trumpet, flugelhorn, horn arrangements (track 1)
  • Christine Bougie - lap steel
  • Luke Doucet - vocals (track 7)
  • Lance Doty - Mandolin (track 8)
  • Matt McKenna & James Bloemendal - background vocals (track 9)
  • Shelly Hayes, Layah Jane, Lee Wakeline - background vocals (track 6 & 8)
  • Melissa Bathory - background vocals (track 1)
  • Karen Moffat - viola
  • Peter Seminovs - Violin
  • Jenny Thompson - Violin

Tracks[edit]

1. Not Coming By (4:32)

Words & Music by Emma-Lee
Video directed by Josh Warburton[3]

2. Backseat Heroine (4:52)

Words & Music by Emma-Lee & Nicole Atkins

3. I’ll Dream For You (3:41)

Words & Music by Emma-Lee

4. Just Looking (2:56)

Words & Music by Emma-Lee

5. Phoenix (3:56)

Words & Music by Emma-Lee

6. Figure it Out (3:16)

Words & Music by Emma-Lee & Karen Kosowski
Video Directed, Edited, & Shot By Gavin Michael Booth[4]

7. Today’s Another Yesterday (5:03)

Words & Music by Emma-Lee & Luke Doucet

8. Bring Back Your Love (4:43)

Words & Music by Emma-Lee

9. The Pool of Tears (3:57)

Words & Music by Emma-Lee

10. Shadow of a Ghost

Words & Music by Emma-Lee & Karen Kosowski (SOCAN) © 2010

11. I Could Live With Dying Tonight

Words & Music by Emma-Lee & Jill Barber

Backseat Sessions[edit]

Jessica Denomme describes the Backseat Sessions as a, "series of video-documentaries that followed her [Emma-Lee's] hitch-hiking expeditions around the Greater Toronto Area and performing to random motorist in exchange for a lift".[5] During Canadian Music Fest in 2012, Emma-Lee rented a SUV limousine to serenade industry professionals.[6] The results of the backseat sessions were posted online and can be viewed on Emma-Lee's YouTube Channel video.

Track by Track Tuesdays[edit]

In anticipation of the release of Backseat Heroine, Emma-Lee released a weekly “Track by Track” interview every Tuesday leading up to the release of Backseat Heroine. The videos featured Karen Karen Kosowski, Marc Rogers, Emma-Lee and her bandmates.[7] In each video the band discusses the making of a different track from the record Backseat Heroine with Rich Terfry at The Chalet.[8]

Video contest[edit]

In April 2012, Emma-Lee announced a video contest for her new single “Figure It Out” inviting aspiring singers and bands to submit their own versions of her song either in a karaoke style or by completely revamping it in their own way. Prizes included a fully produced music video, an electric guitar, cash and song writing session with Emma-Lee and Karen Kosowski.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Artist Information". sonicbids. Retrieved 2012-06-17. 
  2. ^ a b Jane Stevenson (2012-02-15). "Emma-Lee Back with Rock and Soul". Toronto Sun. Retrieved 2013-07-04. 
  3. ^ "Not Coming By official Video". NeverJustaDream. 2012-01-05. Retrieved 2012-06-17. 
  4. ^ "Figure It Out Official Video". NeverJustaDream. 2012-03-28. Retrieved 2012-06-17. 
  5. ^ "NEW OBSESSION: Emma-Lee, BACKSEAT HEROINE". Flats Are for Quitters. 2012-02-05. Retrieved 2013-07-04. 
  6. ^ Jane Stevenson (2012-03-23). "A backseat serenade with Emma-Lee". Jam ShowBiz Music. Retrieved 2013-07-04. 
  7. ^ "Track by Track Tuesdays". Karen Kosowski. 2012-01-24. Retrieved 2012-06-17. 
  8. ^ "Track by Track Tuesdays". Emma-Lee. 2012-03-01. Retrieved 2012-06-17. 

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