Rich, sweet, and lush with vibrato. These are only a few of the unmistakable qualities that constitute Evangeline Gentle’s fervent timbre. Make no mistake, however: they are more than an accomplished voice. Born on the Northeast coast of Scotland, Evangeline's songwriting possesses authenticity and depth as rare and unique as their own journey. Queer, and passionate about social justice, Evangeline believes in the good-naturedness of people and our capabilities of growing together.
Produced by Jim Bryson (Kathleen Edwards, Oh Susanna, Kalle Mattson, The Skydiggers) at his Stittsvile, Ontario studio Fixed Hinge, Evangeline’s debut album (available on vinyl August 21, 2020) makes for a powerful introduction to this Hamilton-based singer/songwriter.
“Ordinary People” and “The Strongest People Have Tender Hearts” celebrate the strength it takes to stay soft in a world that can harden you with a single headline. “Drop My Name” champions the voice of someone no longer willing to be taken advantage of. “Sundays” is a sweet and honest exploration of insecurity in our romantic relationships. “Neither of Us” and “Long Time Love” are love songs for the modern world while “So It Goes” is a nostalgic retelling of teen summer love. “Even If” and “Digging My Grave” are introspective tracks that share vulnerable truths about depression and recovering from self-sabotaging habits. “Good and Guided” is a hopeful closing song to this LP uniting listeners with the question “How do we become good and guided by the heart?”.
At only 23 years of age, Evangeline’s accolades are already accumulating at an impressive rate. Awarded Emerging Artist at the 2015 Peterborough Folk Fest, and Best Female Vocalist of the year at the 2015 Wire Awards, they have shared stages with artists such as Basia Bulat, Craig Cardiff, Matt Andersen, Terra Lightfoot, and Sam Weber.
Evangeline Gentle's self-titled debut album is available now on all streaming platforms. It arrives on vinyl Aug 21, 2020 via Sonic Unyon Records.
PRAISE FOR EVANGELINE GENTLE
“Evangeline Gentle's self-titled album is a triumph” - Exclaim!
“Evangeline Gentle's voice communicates an aching warmth that comes with knowing hardness and choosing softness instead… every time I listen to the record, I'm blown away anew by their songwriting and the space they're carving out across multiple genres — indie pop, alt-folk, singer-songwriter — in a way that feels effortless” - CBC Music
“Some artists live up to their names... Evangeline Gentle would seem to be one of them, based on the soothingly beautiful roots-pop and earthy, Stevie Nicks-style vocals of "Sundays” -Tinnitist
“A talent to be watched carefully. Gentle's voice grabs you instantly with its purity and expressiveness” - FYI Music