Catherine MacLellan arriva da Halifax, Canada; è figlia d’arte, suo padre, Gene MacLellan, ha scritto canzoni portate al successo da Elvis Presley, Joan Baez e Bing Crosby e nel 1971 ha ricevuto il riconoscimento come miglior songwriter ai prestigiosi Juno awards.
Premi e riconoscimenti sono arrivati presto anche per la giovane Catherine che in pochi anni ha collezionato un palmares davvero ricco ed è stata acclamata dalla critica e dal pubblico come una delle voci più significative e importanti del nuovo songwriting nord Americano.
Catherine MacLellan arriva al suo quarto disco, intitolato Silhouette e pubblicato dall’etichetta discografica True North Records. Le 14 canzoni, registrate in una vecchia casa di campagna sull’isola di Prince Edward, trasudano tutta l’energia e la dolcezza della poetica della MacLellan. Nel disco compare anche Jim Cuddy, vocalist e leader di una delle band canadesi più popolari di sempre, I Blue Rodeo.
La MacLellan non è nuova a partnership importanti, in questi anni ha collaborato con grandi cantautori come Murray MacLauchlan, Bruce Cockburn e Steve Forbert.
Matching pure and ethereal vocals with poetic lyrics and her uncompromising songwriting craft, there’s no doubt as to why Catherine MacLellan has become one of the most celebrated new singer-songwriters in Canada, and around the world, by her contemporaries and media alike.
Voted “Critics Favourite New Discovery” by Penguin Eggs Magazine in 2008, MacLellan has quickly built up a loyal fan base and has been a hit with critics worldwide. Her album Church Bell Blues hit No. 1 on the iTunes Canada Roots charts, received critical acclaim and comparisons to Joni Mitchell from international publications such as Q, Maverick, fRoots, the Austin Chronicle, and the Boston Globe. She toured with Bruce Cockburn in the U.S. and with Steve Forbert in the U.K., and showcased in Paris, Cannes, Berlin, New York, London, and Memphis.
As a child, MacLellan didn’t have to look far for inspiration. She’s the daughter of Canadian music legend, singer-songwriter Gene MacLellan, the writer of such huge international ’70s hits as “Snowbird” (Anne Murray) and “Put Your Hand In The Hand” (Ocean).
Silhouette is the highly anticipated new album from Catherine MacLellan. The record captures her best qualities effortlessly—stitching together elegantly woven songs with her memorable blend of heartfelt and powerfully introspective lyrics and catchy melodies.
Recorded largely at a secluded cabin in rural Prince Edward Island, MacLellan brought together a band of longtime friends and musical collaborators with producer David Baxter to craft the 14-track album that Canada’s Exclaim! Magazine has touted as being “a near-hour-long album devoid of filler…a testimony to MacLellan's ascent to greatness.” Indeed, the subtle yet steadfast strength of the album is undoubtedly the understated power of MacLellan’s songwriting and performance on the largely acoustic-driven songs.
Her sweet tones weft gracefully throughout pensive and internalized lyrics that ponder, in the most elegant terms, the most relatable of internal dilemmas—balancing work and family, love blooming and fading away, and evaluating one’s own personal strength. Throughout the 14 tracks on Silhouette, it’s felt that you’re listening to the voice of an every-woman with a gift for expressing with poise the most personal of internal conflicts.
A particularly sweet note on Silhoutette hits on the penultimate track “Snowbird”, a stripped down cover version the most lauded song ever written by her father Gene MacLellan, featuring Canadian icon Jim Cuddy (of Blue Rodeo). It’s a meaningful acoustic tribute to the elder MacLellan’s songwriting legacy, and fan favourite re-imagined by Catherine in a whole new light.
MacLellan’s star has long been rising in North America. Voted Critics Favourite New Discovery by Penguin Eggs Magazine in 2008, her last record Water In The Ground reached out to expand her already loyal fan base as she toured in support of legendary artists including Bruce Cockburn in the United States and Steve Forbert in the UK, while also holding her own by showcasing in Boston, Berlin, Cannes, Memphis, New York, London, and Paris.
Her previous albums have collectively hit #1 on the iTunes Canada Roots charts, and been acclaimed by tastemakers atMaverick Magazine, fRoots, The Austin Chronicle, and Boston Globe.
Like the person in the room who demonstrates his or her commanding presence without announcing their arrival, Catherine MacLellan’s fine songwriting talent and accomplished performance draws her listeners in with little effort, and without need of any persuasion. Silhouette is a reminder that Catherine’s musicianship is unparalleled among performers of her generation.
Winner at the 2010 East Coast Music Awards:
- Female Solo Recording of the Year
- Folk Recording of the Year
Four time winner at the 2012 Music PEI Awards!
Winner for Solo Artist of the Year at 2009 Canadian Folk Music Awards
#1 Roots Artist on iTunes Canada
PEI winner for CBC Radio 2 – Canadian Song Quest
Penguin Eggs – New Artist Discovery of the Year