Fri, 30 November 2007
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Artist - Paula Toledo
Intimate, hopeful and wistful; Paula Toledo dreams out loud, poignant melodic-pop/folk songs that weave through life's optimistic restlessness while capturing the innocence of its ripened discoveries. Just short of 2 months after releasing her debut album, 'Stay Awhile' was selected by CBC Radio One's 'Freestyle' program as album of the week. Nationally broadcast on radio and world-wide via the internet, 'Stay Awhile' has found its home with music lovers who are calling it 'an unassuming gem of an album' (sceneandheard.com), 'truly affecting' (CKUT), 'timeless....honest, pure and passionate' (Hallandsposten Daily).
One may call it happenstance that only four years prior, after reaching a state of disillusionment in her life, she would be called back into the world of music & travel to France on more than one occasion. "It was a real turning point in my life. I literally quit my desk-job with nothing else waiting in the wings. I felt so lifeless...so," she laughs, "I took to painting my walls." During the menial task of painting, Paula's voice was heard through the walls of her apartment by neighbors who happened to be French singer/songwriters. In search for a back-up singer, they were intrigued. When they learned that Paula also spoke French, they enlisted her for their French tour.
One could say that happenstance and Paula would meet once again, recently to finish recording & mixing her debut album Stay Awhile in France with Irish producer and ex-Frames guitarist David Odlum (The Frames, Josh Ritter, Gemma Hayes). But upon closer inspection, one will notice a woman who is drawn to discovering and creating all things new.