Gillian Snider & Leslie STANWYCK
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Gillian Snider & Leslie Stanwyck
Both Gillian and Leslie come from well known Canadian musician parents that worked for the CBC for several decades. Growing up in the suburbs of Toronto, their homes were far from typical suburbia. Watching their parents making a great living playing music, they both grew up in recording studios and on television sets and they both saw well known musicians rehearsing and jamming in their homes all the time. Growing up surrounded by musicians and studying music themselves at the Royal Conservatory in downtown Toronto, both Leslie and Gillian breathed, ate and lived music. Yet it wasn’t until they had both made lives for themselves years later in Saskatoon - some 3,000 kilometres away from their hometown - that these two women met.
Gillian Snider is among some of the most talented musicians in Saskatoon. She plays frequently and has toured across Canada several times, playing and recording with numerous bands. She’s joined Mary Margaret O’Hara, and Eliana Cuevas on the stage and has also had the honour of performing the music of Joni Mitchell for the iconic woman herself. She now fronts her own project of original music, The Whiskey Jerks.
Leslie Stanwyck joined the well-known internationally acclaimed band The Pursuit of Happiness and put out the platinum selling albums Love Junk and One-Sided Story. Leslie has toured the world with Duran Duran, The Eurythmics, The Goo Goo Dolls, to name a few. She then put together another renowned band with her husband Johnny Sinclair called Universal Honey and has had songs in regular rotation on the radio and dozens of placements in television and movie soundtracks. Now in Saskatoon she fronts her original band Tucker Lane.
In 2016, after meeting at the suggestion of Leslie’s husband, they instantly became friends. As they got to know one another, sharing stories of their past and present, the conversation naturally moved toward songwriting. They agreed to get together and write. After one session the album was born!
The album Parallels offers 12 original songs that will warm your heart. Recorded during visits with laughter and jamming (much like what Gillian and Leslie experienced as children in their musical family homes) Parallels will take you through a neo-folk, psychedelic blues musical journey. Their influences are vast, from the jazz, classical, blues and country they grew up with to the rock of the 70’s, mixed in with a little punk and 90’s alternative. This collaboration brings together Gillian’s clever, cocky and often dark lyrics with Leslie’s gift of sweet melody and a hook that will stay in your head - which is befitting of an album that is the result of the long parallel journey that these two talented women took to finally meet.
Parallels’ first release, Smiling In the Cold, is out now. The album is due to be released in September 2019.
Indie, Neo-Folk, Psychedelic Blues,
The Pursuit of Happiness, Universal Honey,
The Whiskey Jerks, Tucker Lane,
Ray Elliot Band
Contact: Jessper Wynyard 306.979.0661
Gillian Snider & Leslie Stanwyck’s Debut Album and Lead off Single “Smiling in The Cold” Will Bring an Even Bigger Smile in the Heat
Saskatoon, June 17, 2019 – Johnny Sinclair of The Pursuit of Happiness fame just produced a debut album for Gillian Snider & Leslie Stanwyck with an upbeat summer single that is ready for the airwaves. The album takes you on a journey with Gillian’s clever and often dark lyrics and Leslie’s gift of sweet melody and hooks that will stay in your head.
Gillian Snider & Leslie Stanwyck are two talented female Canadian artists with a rich history in Canadian Music which starts way back to their well-known musician parents. Gillian Snider is from the Whiskey Jerks and Leslie Stanwyck, like Johnny, is also from the iconic Canadian band The Pursuit of Happiness. Gillian and Leslie should have met a long time ago in their hometown of Toronto, but as fate would have it, their paths didn’t cross until they both moved to Saskatoon.
The debut album Parallels offers 12 original songs that draws inspiration from Tom Waits, The Beach Boys, the Mamas and the Papa’s and The Beatles and wraps it all up with a modern twist that comes from a uniquely Canadian perspective.
Parallels first release is the summertime single “Smiling in The Cold”
For more information, promo requests, or to arrange an interview, contact:
Jessper Wynyard 306.979.0661