David Myles (musician)

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David Myles
David Myles at the Sean O'Sullivan Theatre.jpg
David Myles in performance at Brock University's Sean O'Sullivan Theatre, on November 17, 2011. Photo credit: Bob Magee.
Background information
Birth name David Patrick Thomas Myles
Born (1981-05-12) May 12, 1981 (age 35)
Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada
Occupation(s) songwriter, performer, recording artist
Instruments Vocals, guitar, trumpet
Years active 2003-present
Labels Fontana North Distribution, Little Tiny Records, Turtlemusik
Associated acts The Olympic Symphonium, Old Man Luedecke, Joel Plaskett, Damhnait Doyle, Classified, Measha Brueggergosman, Alex Cuba;
Website www.davidmyles.com

David Myles (born May 12, 1981) is a Canadian songwriter/performer/recording artist originally from Fredericton, New Brunswick. Myles lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia. His music has often been labeled folk jazz, although he prefers simply to call it "roots" music.[1] An independent artist who self-releases his albums, Myles has been able to gain an increasingly large audience, in part because of his active touring schedule and in part because of his cross-genre musical collaborations, which include a single made with the rapper Classified that became the biggest-selling rap single in the history of Canadian music.[2]

Myles is married to CBC radio producer Nina Corfu. They have two young daughters.[3]

Background[edit]

While growing up in Fredericton, Myles began playing trumpet at 10 years old and played in school bands. He attended Mount Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick and graduated in 2003 with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in political science. He was in China as a foreign exchange student in 2001 when he bought his first guitar.[1] He has said that learning to play the guitar and write songs was what propelled him to become a professional musician.[4]

Career[edit]

Myles released his first album, Together and Alone, in 2005. Before it was released, he relocated to Calgary, Alberta.[1] He returned to the Maritimes in 2006, moving to Halifax. There he released his second album, Things Have Changed, which exposed him to national and international audiences. The album earned him industry recognition in the form of two Music Nova Scotia Awards, as well as nominations for both the 2007 Canadian Folk Music Best New Artist Award and the East Coast Music Awards Galaxie Rising Star Recording of the Year. His original song, “When it Comes My Turn,” took home first place in the International Songwriting Competition and was the winning song at the 2008 Chris Austin Merlefest Songwriting Contest.[5]

In May 2008, Myles released his third solo project, On the Line, which demonstrates his vocal versatility and musical dexterity.[5] On the Line is a powerful and stylish blend of jazz, blues, gospel, pop and folk influences that has garnered awards and nominations, including the 2009 ECMA Folk Recording of the Year Award.

In May 2009, Myles was awarded the Mount Allison University Contemporary Achievement Award from the University’s Alumni Association. It is presented to a recent graduate for "outstanding achievement".[6]

Myles was one of thirteen songwriters chosen in the first-ever CBC Radio 2 Great Canadian Song Quest in 2009. He was chosen to represent New Brunswick by a public vote, and commissioned to write a song about the Bay of Fundy's historic Hopewell Rocks. He recorded a new song, "Don't Drive Through," for the contest. Asked about the song, Myles said, "I wanted this tune to really resonate with New Brunswickers. Don't Drive Through is a lighthearted song that relates to the idea of driving through the province. I tried to create a song that I could sing forever, not just record as part of CBC's Canadian songbook, and I think I have."[7]

In 2010, he performed at the Canadian Deep Roots Music Festival in Wolfville, Nova Scotia.[8] as well as other locations such as Granville Green in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.[9] In December, he played for four nights at The Carleton Music Bar in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Unbeknownst to him, the music bar's sound technician recorded the performances, capturing relaxed live shows.[10][11] Those recordings became the source for his next album, Live at The Carleton.

In 2011, he received five nominations in the East Coast Music Awards [12] and was nominated for a Music New Brunswick award.[13] He played at the Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival in Fredericton, New Brunswick.[14] He released two albums, Live at The Carleton and Into The Sun (October, 2011). Into the Sun uses world music rhythms from Brazilian and African music.[15]

In the same year, Nova Scotia rapper Classified featured Myles on the song "The Day Doesn't Die" from his album Handshakes and Middle Fingers. Although he was left uncredited in some cases, this song gained him more exposure in the hip-hop world as well as a larger fan base.

In 2013, Myles and Classified reunited for the single "Inner Ninja" from the album Classified. The single went triple platinum in Canada and won a Juno Award, and is the biggest-selling rap single in Canadian history.[16]

Also in 2013, Myles released the double album In the Nighttime, on which he gave each of his two separate performing personas (mellow and jazz-influenced on the one hand, beat-oriented and pop-influenced on the other) its own disc of music.[17]

In 2014, Myles was a 'Featured Musician' on the YouTube channel of The Great Canadian Journey, a cross-country project that highlights local musicians, print artists, and culture.[18] Also in 2014, Myles was nominated for six East Coast Music Awards (see "Awards and Achievements," below).

In the fall of 2014, Myles released a Christmas album entitled It's Christmas. The idea of the album suggested itself in part because of Myles' annual "Singing For Supper" tour in Eastern Canada every December, which raises money and donates food for those in need. The concerts take place in a variety of shopping malls in New Brunswick. A portion of the sales of the It's Christmas album continues to be donated to food banks where the album is for sale.[19][20]

In January 2015, Myles was named Touring Artist of the Year at the CAPACOA (Canadian Arts Presenting Association) Awards for the 2013-14 season.[21]

Myles released his first-ever US album, entitled So Far, in September 2015. The album contains stripped-down re-recordings of previously released songs, as a way of introducing his work to a new audience.[22]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • Together and Alone (2005)
  • Things Have Changed (2006)
  • On The Line (2008)
  • Turn Time Off (2010)
  • Live at The Carleton (2011)
  • Into The Sun (2011)
  • In the Nighttime (2013)
  • It's Christmas (2014)
  • So Far (2015)
  • Here Now (2016)

Guest appearances[edit]

  • "The Day Doesn't Die"; artist: Classified; album: Handshakes and Middle Fingers (2011)
  • "Whole to My Half"; artist: Measha Brueggergosman; album: I've Got a Crush on You (2012)
  • "Inner Ninja"; artist: Classified; album: Classified (2013)
  • "In 1-2-3-4"; artist: Alex Cuba; album: Healer (2015)
  • "Work Away"; artist: Classified; album: Greatful" (2016)

Awards and Achievements[23][edit]

  • 2016
    • International Acoustic Music Awards Winner Folk/Americana/Roots Category – “Need A Break”
    • International Acoustic Music Awards Nomination Country/Bluegrass Category – “Need A Break”
    • International Acoustic Music Awards Nomination Best Male Artist – “I Will Love You”
    • ECMA Award Nomination Video of the Year – “Santa Never Brings Me A Banjo”
    • ECMA Award Nomination Fan’s Choice Video of the Year – “Santa Never Brings Me A Banjo”
  • 2015
    • USA Songwriting Competition Finalist (RnB Category) - "Do It All Again" (co-written with Dylan Guthro and Classified (rapper), performed by Dylan Guthro)
    • Music/Musique NB Award Winner Expat of the Year
    • Music Nova Scotia Award Nomination Music Video of the Year – “Santa Never Brings Me a Banjo”
    • Unsigned Only Music Competition Honourable Mention Winner Folk/Singer-Songwriter category – “I Wouldn’t Dance”
    • ECMA Award Nomination Fans’ Choice Entertainer of the Year
    • CAPACOA Award Winner Touring Artist of the Year – 2013/2014 Season
  • 2014
    • Great American Song Contest Finalist – “I Wouldn’t Dance”
    • International Songwriting Competition Honorable Mention Folk/Singer-Songwriter category – “I Wouldn’t Dance”
    • Music Nova Scotia Award Nomination – Entertainer of the Year
    • JUNO Award Nomination Single of the Year – “Inner Ninja”
    • Indie Music Award Winner Collaboration of the Year – “Inner Ninja”
    • Indie Music Award Nomination Single of the Year – “Inner Ninja”
    • Indie Music Award Nomination Best-Selling Independent Release of the Year – “Inner Ninja”
    • Canadian Radio Music Award Nomination SOCAN Song of the Year – “Inner Ninja”
    • Canadian Radio Music Award Nomination Best New Group or Solo Artist: Hot AC – “Inner Ninja”
    • ECMA Award Nomination Solo Recording of the Year – In the Nighttime
    • ECMA Award Nomination Album of the Year – In the Nighttime
    • ECMA Award Nomination Songwriter of the Year – “So Blind”
    • ECMA Award Nomination Folk Recording of the Year – In the Nighttime
    • ECMA Award Nomination Song of the Year – “Inner Ninja”
    • ECMA Award Nomination Fan’s Choice Video of the Year – “Inner Ninja”
  • 2013
    • Best Selling Rap single in Canadian history – “Inner Ninja”
    • JUNO Award Winner Rap Recording of the Year – “Inner Ninja”
    • MMVA Award Winner MuchFact Video of the Year – “Inner Ninja”
    • MMVA Award Winner Video of the Year – “Inner Ninja”
    • SOCAN No. 1 Award – “Inner Ninja”
    • ECMA Award Nomination Folk Recording of the Year – Into The Sun
    • ECMA Award Nomination Fan’s Choice Entertainer of the Year
    • ECMA Award Nomination Fan’s Choice Video of the Year – “Long Dark Night”
    • British Columbia Touring Council Award Nomination 2013 Artist/Artistic Company of the Year
    • Music Nova Scotia Award Winner SOCAN Songwriter of the Year – “Inner Ninja”
    • Music Nova Scotia Award Winner Music Video of the Year – “Inner Ninja”
    • Music Nova Scotia Award Nomination Male Artist Recording of the Year – In the Nighttime
    • Music Nova Scotia Award Nomination Digital Artist of the Year
    • Music New Brunswick Award Nomination Expat Artist of the Year
    • CBC Radio 2 Top 100 Songs of 2013 – “Maureen” (#74) and “So Blind” (#12)
    • Music New Brunswick Award Nomination Expat Artist of the Year
    • Much Music Video Award, MuchFact Video of the Year – “Inner Ninja”
    • Much Music Video Award, Video of the Year – “Inner Ninja”
  • 2012
    • SOCAN Award Winner Folk/Roots Music
    • ECMA Award Winner Songwriter of the Year
    • ECMA Award Winner Song of the Year – “Simple Pleasures”
    • ECMA Award Nomination Folk Recording of the Year – Live at The Carleton
    • ECMA Award Nomination Fan’s Choice Entertainer of the Year
    • ECMA Award Nomination Fan’s Choice Video of the Year – “Simple Pleasures”
    • Music Nova Scotia Award Winner Male Artist Recording of the Year – Into The Sun
    • Music Nova Scotia Award Nomination Recording of the Year – Into The Sun
    • Music Nova Scotia Award Nomination Entertainer of the Year
    • International Songwriting Competition Adult Contemporary Semi-finalist – “Love Again”
    • TV placement for "Simple Pleasures," "Run," and "Ooh La La" on Packed to the Rafters, Australia’s highest rated drama series.
  • 2011
    • Canadian Folk Music Award Nomination Best Contemporary Singer
    • ECMA Award Winner Folk Recording of the Year – Turn Time Off
    • ECMA Award Winner Group Single of the Year – “Need A Break”
    • ECMA Award Nomination Entertainer of the Year
    • ECMA Award Nomination Recording of the Year – Turn Time Off
    • ECMA Award Nomination Male Solo Recording of the Year – Turn Time Off
    • Music Nova Scotia Award Winner Male Artist Recording of the Year – Live at The Carleton
    • Music Nova Scotia Award Winner Folk Recording of the Year – Live at The Carleton
    • Music New Brunswick Award Winner Expat Artist of the Year
  • 2010
    • Canadian Folk Music Award Nomination Solo Artist of the Year
    • ECMA Award Nomination Entertainer of the Year
    • Music Nova Scotia Award Winner Male Artist of the Year
    • Music Nova Scotia Award Winner Folk Recording of the Year – Turn Time Off
    • Music New Brunswick Award Nomination Expat Artist of the Year
  • 2009
    • Great American Song Contest First Place Winner Contemporary Acoustic/Folk Category – “When It Comes My Turn”
    • ECMA Award Winner Folk Recording of the Year – On The Line
    • ECMA Award Nomination Male Solo Recording of the Year – On The Line
    • ECMA Award Nomination Entertainer of the Year
    • Mount Allison University Alumni Early Achievement Award Winner
  • 2008
    • Music Nova Scotia Award Nomination Album of the Year - On The Line
    • Music Nova Scotia Award Nomination Entertainer of the Year
    • Music Nova Scotia Award Nomination Folk Recording of the Year
    • Music Nova Scotia Award Nomination Songwriter of the Year
    • Music Nova Scotia Award Nomination Male Artist Recording of the Year
    • CBC Radio 3 Bucky Adams Award Most Canadian Song Nomination – "Cape Breton"
    • Chris Austin (Merlefest) Songwriting Contest Winner, Folk Category – "When It Comes My Turn"
  • 2007
    • Music Nova Scotia Award Nomination Folk/Roots Recording of the Year - Things Have Changed
    • Music Nova Scotia Award Winner Male Artist of the Year
    • Canadian Folk Music Award Nomination Best New Artist
    • ECMA Awards Galaxie Rising Star Recording of the Year Nomination – Things Have Changed
  • 2006
    • International Songwriting Competition Winner, Folk Category – "When It Comes My Turn"
    • John Lennon Songwriting Contest Finalist, Folk Singer-Songwriter Category – "When It Comes My Turn"

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Keene, Rick. "David Myles; Dreams Come True" "Rick Keene Music Scene" blog, 2013-05-21. Retrieved on 2013-06-04.
  3. ^ Cooke, Stephen. "David Myles singing for charity this week", The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, NS, 2014-12-01.
  4. ^ Katuwapitiya, Shawn. "Folk-jazz musician David Myles stays down-to-earth: East-coast favourite travels across Canadian landscape", The Gazette, Waterloo, Ontario, 2007-03-14. Retrieved on 2011-09-28.
  5. ^ a b Webb-Campbell, Shannon. Chart Attack, 2008-05-14. Retrieved on 2011-09-28.
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  7. ^ Mount Allison University Marketing and Communications Office. "Mount Allison grad chosen for national songwriting competition", Mount Allison University: Alumni, Sackville, NB, 2009-12-02. Retrieved on 2011-09-28.
  8. ^ Deep Roots Music Cooperative "Artists' Profiles 2010: David Myles", The Heartbeat of the Valley, Wolfville, Nova Scotia. 2010-05-14. Retrieved on 2011-09-28.
  9. ^ MacNeil, Susan. "Award-winning songwriter David Myles at Granville Green". WGO: What's Going On Cape Breton. 2010-08-04. Retrieved on 2011-09-28.
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  16. ^ "Classified, Myles score MuchMusic nods with Inner Ninja", The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, NS. 2011-05-22. Retrieved on 2013-06-04.
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  18. ^ "Musicians – The Great Canadian Journey". Greatcanadianjourney.ca. Retrieved 2015-09-19. 
  19. ^ Reyner, Ben. "David Myles on how to make a non-cheesy Christmas album". Toronto Star, Toronto, ON. 2014-12-17.
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  21. ^ CAPACOA Awards Winners CAPACOA.ca, Ottawa, ON. 2015-01-24.
  22. ^ Steffen, Chris. "Album Premiere: David Myles, 'So Far'". allmusic.com. 2015-09-17.
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