Some songs, from the very first note, strike a chord with the listener. They immediately captivate and enrapture, and suddenly it feels as though the song has been around for a lifetime, new and old memories instantly associated with the melodies and hooks. From the very beginning, MDM Recordings Inc/Universal Music Canada country duo The Lovelocks (comprised of Ali Raney and Zoë Sparrow) have written and recorded tracks that do just that. Their latest single, the fun-loving “Staycation”, melds the duo’s soaring vocals and striking harmonies, celebrating the adage that life is what you make of it, whether sprawled out on a beach or cozied up in your bedroom with the one you love.
“After a busy year of writing, touring, and working in the studio, we are excited to release ‘Staycation’ to the world. Over the past 12 months, we have been inspired by new sights and sounds, and have intentionally evolved our music to reflect the creative journey we have been on while keeping signature elements that we are known for, like fun harmonies! Ironically, this song was written in a Holiday Inn in our hometown of Toronto with our producer, Ben Glover. It shows a sassier side of us, and we hope it makes people want to throw their hands in the air and make the best of what they’ve got right in front of them!"
Friends first, The Lovelocks are woven together with a desire to create music that gives voice to both the bitter and sweet in life. “Staycation” is the first release from the Toronto-based twosome’s forthcoming EP, available July 13 2018, paving the way for a refreshed sound with a shift of focus on tracks with a more contemporary feel. With combined talents on fiddle, mandolin, acoustic guitar and vocals, the duo was recently featured in FLARE Magazine’s “10 Country Artists to Have on Your Radar RN” where it was boasted that “their blended harmonies are something special, their fiddle parts are straight out of the Appalachian Mountains and the musical arrangement is modern. We’re obsessed.”
The Lovelocks have celebrated a combined eight Canadian Country Music Association Award nominations including a fourth consecutive nod in the 2017 Roots Artist of Group of the Year category, a recent win at the 2018 CMA Ontario awards for Roots Artist or Group of the Year, and recently recorded their first live album, “The Lovelocks Live” as part of the live music broadcast series “Stampede City Sessions”. Their filmed episode debuted on the wildly popular PBS (KPBS), catapulting the duo into the living rooms of an audience of more than 2 million viewers.
The Lovelocks first caught the attention of the Canadian country music industry when they won the CCMA Discovery Series in 2014. Their 2014 debut self-titled EP featured the highly-praised singles “Dance” and “Teardrop Tattoo” and hit #2 on the iTunes Country chart the day of release. Their sophomore album “Born To Love” dropped in 2016 and saw the release of three singles including “Home Sweet Home” which was the #1 selling single by a Canadian country artist the week of release. Celebrated by RocketHub as “crowd funding pioneers in the world of country music in Canada”, the business-savvy duo reached out to their fan base to gain the capital to record both records, raising over $65,000 in the process. The follow-up to their sophomore EP, the band released their unique take on the Cyndi Lauper classic “Time After Time”, infusing the iconic song with upbeat roots country sounds and signature fiddle interplays helmed by five-time CCMA Fiddle Player of the Year Award nominee Raney.
Named for the iconic love locks positioned across the famous Parisian bridge “Pont des Arts”, the duo strives to celebrate the smallest victories in the biggest ways possible, telling stories that touch hearts, bringing people together with their talents and creating music that speaks to the commonalities among individuals. With “Staycation”, their unrelenting confidence and energy is palpable, and it’s clear The Lovelocks have their sights set on possibilities so infinite, their drive knows no bounds.