My new record is being mastered today, after 8 months of work! It’s called “Indigo”, and I’m particularly proud of it because I made it differently from my last 2 CDs. This project was built from scratch: it was layered, one instrument at a time, instead of being recorded in the studio in one fell swoop with a full band. That means that with considerable help from my co-producer Park Chisolm, I was able to paint Indigo with my own brush more than anything else I have ever recorded....
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CCMA Female Artist of the Year VICTORIA BANKS is joining George Canyon, Johnny Reid, and Tom Jackson in a wonderful evening of entertainment benefiting the people of Slave Lake. Wildfires, which swept through the town just one month ago, destroyed more than 350 homes and businesses.
“After seeing the footage of the wildfire devastation, I was overwhelmed with emotion. Like so many Canadians, my heart went out to the people of Slave Lake,” says Banks. “So many have lost everything. I’m honoured to be a part of an event raising money for this wonderful community whose strength is truly inspiring.”
The Tom Jackson CBC Benefit Concert of Slave Lake will take place at the River Cree Casino in Edmonton on Wednesday, June 15th. Tickets are $49.50 and $59.50 and are available beginning TODAY at the River Cree Casino. Proceeds will go the Canadian Red Cross Society.
The concert will air on CBC-TV on June 16th at 8pm.
My new album, “Never Be The Same”, will be released to stores across Canada this Tuesday, April 26th!!
Like my first CD, “When You Can Fly”, this record is self-produced - believe me, you don’t have to do much producing when you surround yourself with the best studio musicians Nashville has to offer and grammy-winning engineer Eric Legg to man the mixing board – and it has been a labour of love from top to bottom. It’s a collection of the most honest songs I’ve written over the past decade, so it covers a lot of ground. It traces my steps through love and loss: escaping from an abusive relationship, rediscovering my own strength and getting back on my feet, grieving the death of a parent, learning that scars can make you beautiful, falling in love again and finding joy in the simple things in life. In the words of the title track, “I have lived and learned and healed and hurt and laughed and cursed and prayed, and I will never be the same.”
The songs on this record are torchy, swampy, rocking, poppy, acoustic, introspective, and everything in between. I hope it makes you crank the volume up and sing along. I hope it gives you those delicious goosebumps that come from music that touches the heart. And I hope it makes you cry those good tears – the uplifting kind that make you feel better for having cried them.
I dedicated this album to my fans – I hope it gives you as much enjoyment and inspiration that you give me.
And to my mom – who taught me how to sing constantly, laugh outrageously, and dance uphill when it gets too hard to walk.
Victoria's highly anticipated sophomore album "NEVER BE THE SAME" will be released to stores and iTunes on April 26th.
Autographed copies of the album, which includes Victoria's current chart-climbing single "COME ON," are now available for pre-sale at www.victoriabanks.net! All pre-sale orders will receive their CDs BEFORE it hits stores. Be one of the first to hear brand new music from the reigning CCMA Female Artist of the Year!
Hurry! Get your order in before April 17th, and you'll also be qualified to win a personal phone call with Victoria! We'll choose one winner from all pre-sale orders, so visit Victoria's on-line store today!
I grew up listening to Reba McEntire CDs. I memorized every lyric, sang along with every line, and tried like heck to yodel out every single string of notes that rolls of those one-of-a-kind vocal cords of hers. There’s nobody else in the world who can sing like Reba. In this age when we seem to put expiration dates on our female artists after age 35, she’s the only woman left from my childhood days who is still sending her songs to the top of the country charts. She sang about love and heartache…about parent/child relationships…about prostitution...about murder…even about HIV. What a fearless lady.
I just finished opening Reba’s Western Canada tour. I got to stand alone in front of sold-out arenas packed with thousands of people, armed with only my guitar (and a grand piano for variety), and sing my songs. What an honour.
I also got to sit next to Reba when she ate her dinner at backstage catering next to her crew and band, just like a regular Jane. I got to thank her in person, not only for the incredible opportunity this tour was for me, but also for the years of inspiration she has given me as a singer, as a songwriter, and as a woman in the music business.
And every night, I got to stand at the side of the stage and sing along with every lyric, every line, and every wonderful yodeling string of notes in her entire set.
Canada's top country artists, including CCMA Female Artist of the Year, Victoria Banks, have joined voices for "Standing Strong and True," an emotional musical tribute dedicated to the nation's troops. The single, now available at country radio across Canada, will be available for download on iTunes on October 25th. All proceeds will go to either the Military Families Fund or Boomer's Legacy, two foundations which directly support soldiers and their families.
A video for the single is now available for viewing at http://www.cmt.ca/.
The British Columbia Country Music Association Awards were given out last night in Coquitlam, BC.
Single of the Year honors went to "When It Ain't Raining," recorded by CCMA Rising Stars (and EMI recording duo) One More Girl. Victoria penned the Top 10 smash hit with superstar Gretchen Wilson several years ago.
"I remember Gretchen playing me her demo tape when we sat down to write this song about eight years ago. And it actually was a tape back then," says Banks. "It was unbelievable! I knew after hearing 'Red Neck Woman' and 'Here For the Party' that Gretchen was going to be big star. I'm so thrilled 'When It Ain't Raining' found a home with One More Girl. They did such a great job with it. It was absolutely meant for them. Congratulations to them on an amazing year, not just in BC but right across Canada!"
Described by Nashville's Music Row Magazine as one of "the best songwriters in the business," Victoria made Billboard chart history by co-writing the highest new artist debut song ever released, Jessica Simpson's "Come on Over." She also scored the most downloaded song on iTunes with Jessica Simpson's "Remember That," penned the ASCAP and SOCAN award-winning Sara Evans hit "Saints & Angels," and co-wrote Johnny Reid's smash hit "Dance With Me." She's also written several other hits for artists on both sides of the border.
For more information on Victoria, including her songwriting discography, please visit www.victoriabanks.net.
Sept 13, 2010
Victoria Banks was crowned Female Artist of the Year at the Canadian Country Music Awards last night in Edmonton, AB. Banks, who had taken home the prestigious Songwriter of the Year award (for Johnny Reid's smash hit "Dance With Me") the previous night was notably overwhelmed with the weekend's results.
"No one was more surprised than me," says Banks of her double CCMA wins. "It's been a very long road to get to this point for me. I've been working behind the scenes, writing songs for other people for over a decade in Nashville. To receive this vote of confidence from my peers not only for my songwriting, but also as an artist in my own right, really makes me feel like I've chosen the right path. It's more than I ever dreamed of... I'm overwhelmed!"
Look for Victoria to hit the road this fall with one of the most awarded female country artists of all time, Reba McEntire. For full tour dates and ticket information, please visit www.victoriabanks.net.
To book an interview with Victoria, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 615-622-0993.