Written by: Rob Latham
A change in musical direction is never easy, but Toronto-based singer/songwriter Sara Giguere has made an impressive debut on the country pop genre with her new three-track EP 3P.
Having moved to Toronto from her hometown of Iroquois Falls, near Timmins, Ontario, in search of her dream of becoming a musician, the 26-year-old now looks to have found a style that fits. The EP shows off Giguere’s flexibility as a singer, ranging from lively, upbeat country pop to mellow, delicate love songs.
Giguere’s undoubted vocal talents are brought to the fore in her switch of styles, which is best portrayed in the EP’s powerful opening track “It’s Not You, It’s Me.” Think sultry, moving lyrics over the top of a lively, upbeat Shania Twain-esque country-style backing and this is a great, catchy get-up-and-dance pop song.
Giguere’s fantastic pop diva voice is shown off superbly in the lively singalong chorus, which can’t fail to have the listener tapping their foot and singing and dancing along.
And, as Giguere explains, the track’s honesty makes it all the more enjoyable. “It was a lot of fun because there are parts of the song that are true and actually are about me not really the person the song is supposed to be about,” she said. “My biggest influence behind this EP was real life incidents and the side of me that is unpredictable and fun.
“The music I’m creating right now is all about fun and being myself. This country/folk with an element of pop style is music that’s true to my heart. I didn’t really choose to go that way it actually just kind of felt natural. With every song I wrote the country part of me became more and more noticeable to the point where I was thinking ‘yeah, okay I’m country!’ and I found myself by writing my own material.”
Second track “Who Needs A Romeo” is lighter and more laid back, but shows off Giguere’s enjoyable, relaxing pop voice. The song is light and bouncy and brings the tenderness of Giguere’s vocals to the fore.
The final track of the EP “You Are” is a slow, warm beautifully moving love song. The light, tender lyrics are brilliantly offset by fast-paced finger-picked guitar lyrics through the verses, before leading into a passionate chorus. ‘You Are’ brilliantly flaunts the flexibility in Giguere’s voice, which deftly switches between delicate vocals in the verses and powerful pop diva choruses.
Giguere’s music is a joy to listen to, and the switch to country-focused style has seen a huge progression in her talents. She certainly has a knack for writing a catchy pop song and her voice, equally adept to beating out the power choruses as tackling tender love songs, naturally fits the country feel of the EP.
Giguere plans to get to work on a debut album later this year and has hopes of going on tour in the near future.
For further information visit the Sara Giguere website at www.saragiguere.com.To check out more of her music visit www.myspace.com/saragiguere
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