Mixing soaring vocals, sweet harmonies, and sultry strings, complemented with an infectiously high-energy stage presence is the essence of 2014 Canadian Country Music Association® (CCMA®) Discovery Series winners The Lovelocks (MDM Recordings Inc. / Universal Music Canada), a female roots-country duo comprised of Ali Raney and Zoë Sparrow. Celebrated by RocketHub as "crowd funding pioneers in the world of country music in Canada", this business-savvy duo has raised over $65,000 dollars to date, funding the recording of both, their debut EP, and their second album Born to Love (release date: March 4, 2016).
Following an incredible response to their performance of "Time After Time" (originally performed by Cyndi Lauper) during their Toronto EP release party earlier this year, The Lovelocks chose to record the song as their newest single. Their very own take on this classic hit includes infusing the iconic song with their upbeat roots country sounds and signature fiddle interplays; “Time After Time” hit Canadian country radio on May 24, 2016.
Their previous single, “Home Sweet Home” has dazzled Canadian country music fans, becoming the #1 selling single by a Canadian country artist (week of January 25, 2016). Co-written by The Lovelocks (Ali Raney and Zoe Neuman), Gavin Slate (The Tragically Hip, Doc Walker, Barenaked Ladies), Travis Wood, and produced by Grammy award winner Ben Glover, and JUNO award winner Mitch Merrett, “Home Sweet Home” also made it to #2 on the top 50 Canadian viral list on Spotify, gaining over 200,000 plays within the first few months of the release. The single also achieved a spot in the top 20 Country Singles iTunes chart, with The Lovelocks being the only Canadian artist in the top 20 at that time. The video for “Home Sweet Home” debuted on CMT Canada (February 5, 2016), and was directed by Ben Knechtel, who also directed the music video for Carly Rae Jepsen's “Call Me Maybe”.
Describing the sound of their previous single, The Lovelocks share, “This song is so much fun to perform live! “Home Sweet Home” is about two people, maybe friends, partners, or lovers, chasing dreams together, about being loved and loving well, and being ‘home’ to someone in a way that’s really fun and carefree. Essentially, wherever you are with that person, then that [place] is ‘home’. This song is the perfect soundtrack for life's next big adventure!”
Overall, Born To Love is a proud result of creative collaboration with numerous notable talents, including 2016 Academy Award® nominee and songwriter Phil Barton, and once again collaborating with award winning talents Ben Glover and Mitch Merrett. The Lovelocks share, “We have poured our hearts into creating our new album, Born to Love, which is a collection of love songs in all of its iterations. Wherever our listeners are at with love and relationships, we hope they find a few favourites that speak to them.”
Celebrated by BlogTO as “one of the top 5 alt-country bands to watch in Toronto”, The Lovelocks are a dynamic duo, just two city girls who LOVE country music. Their sound is commonly described as a mixture of The Dixie Chicks go Lumineering with a Mumford & Sons-ian alt-country, roots-inspired approach filled with authentic, 'roots-country' sound with lots of acoustic instrumentation, including the fiddle, banjo, mandolin, and dobro.
Their February 2014 self-titled debut EP featured the singles “Dance” and “Teardrop Tattoo”, and hit #2 on the iTunes Country charts on the day of release. Kerry Doole in newcanadianmusic.ca described the EP as “money well-spent, as the sound has a radio-friendly sheen while retaining a rootsy feel, thanks to fiddle, mandolin, and acoustic guitar. The Dixie Chicks are a clear reference point."
Soon after the EP release, The Lovelocks received their first 2014 Country Music Association of Ontario (CMAO) Rising Star nomination, one of many accolades to come in only six short months following the release of their debut EP. The duo continued to feel the love, embraced by their peers receiving two 2015 CMAO nominations for both Album of the Year and Roots Artist or Group of the Year, and again a 2016 nomination for Roots Artist or Group of the Year. Moreover, they are also the proud recipients of consecutive 2014 - 2015 nominations for CCMA® Roots Artist of the Year, in addition to Raney’s fourth (2015) CCMA® nomination for Fiddle Player of the Year.
The Lovelocks first became friends over a shared passion for music, which led to writing songs in their living rooms on Sunday afternoons, and eventually, the decision to start a band together. With the combined talents on fiddle, mandolin, acoustic guitar and vocals, The Lovelocks are woven together with a desire to create music that gives voice to both the bitter and sweet in life. Perhaps the mystery of their band name may also stem from a shared love of a few old flames (having dated some of the same fellas, ironically before the ladies actually ever met!), but The Lovelocks will never kiss and tell! Serendipitously, both band members actually learned of the real Parisian love locks at the exact same time, while half way across the world from one another, and thus, the band name was officially born.