Jodi Pederson isn’t afraid to wear her heart on her sleeve.
Just listen to her new single, The Way I Love, the title track off her soon-to-be released sophomore album, and you can hear the conviction mixed with her clear-as-crystal voice. (The song is posted on YouTube for those curious.)
Pederson’s sweet disposition always bursts forth with something deep inside, like a heart that goes boom, boom, boom.
It’s been a whirlwind couple of months for the Vernon-raised singer/songwriter/guitarist. In Toronto the past month, Pederson just finished recording her second album, a follow up to her successful 2009 debut Seasons.
With Seasons exceeding expectations –– a number of its songs were picked up by television shows such as Crash and Burn and Men with Brooms as well as upcoming film, Waiting for Summer –– Pederson has even higher hopes for her new album.
Expected to be released in July, The Way I Love was once again supported by Lenz Entertainment, owned by well-known composer/producer Jack Lenz, who discovered Pederson at the age of 17 while she was performing at a small outdoor concert in Saskatchewan.
However, as the main producer on this, her latest effort, Pederson has been given the creative control to stretch her wings, so to speak.
“I want to achieve more of a connection with people and build up my fan base,” she said. “This one is more my style of music. It shows my different sides. It’s easy listening and emotional, and has upbeat, happy songs.”
It also comes from a place Down Under.
After being nominated for three awards at this year’s B.C. Interior Music Awards for Seasons, Pederson had to miss the awards presentation in Kelowna as she was travelling in Australia.
The trip inspired a few of the songs that she recorded for The Way I Love.
“One of the reasons why I went to Australia is to get more life experience and to expand my writing more,” she said. “It was so beautiful: the scenery, lifestyle, the culture… I found it all very upbeat.”
Pederson also went back to her songbook to record one of her older songs, Goodbye Halifax.
“I wrote that in such an emotional place. I think it creates for more beautiful music.”
Besides visiting friends and family of her Aussie boyfriend Ben Taylor, the Australia trip proved to be beneficial as it gave Pederson an opportunity to perform abroad.
“I performed over there just to try it out and did a few living room sessions,” she said. “I made some contacts and hope to tour over there one day.”
Pederson didn’t have much of a chance to get over her jet lag, as upon returning home, she was slated to perform a show with her former guitar teacher Chris Madsen at Vernon’s Powerhouse Theatre the next day.
“That was my last show in Vernon. The day after that I was in Toronto,” she said. “It was my first real travel experience with a huge time difference. All I wanted to do was sleep. I apologized a few times for not being completely there at the show.”
In the studio, Pederson worked with Toronto-based music production company, FutureSpeak, a team of three songwriters/producers who specialize in hip-hop, R&B, and pop/urban.
“One member worked with Boyz II Men back in the ‘90s and they are now working with emerging artists,” said Pederson, who laid down eight of her own penned tracks plus one bonus song written by her cousin, Joel Pederson, who lives in Kelowna.
Head engineer on the project was Daniel Tsourounis, who was assistant engineer on Seasons.
The recording process was a great experience from the first take, said Pederson, adding a promotional video of the album’s creation shows some of the goofier moments and bloopers that took place.
“They are a great team and are so much fun. I’ve never laughed so hard,” she said.
Audiences will be able to hear the songs live as Pederson and her cousin, Joel, a percussionist, plus Taylor, as driver and organizer, embark on the Much Love cross country tour.
Pederson played her first show at the Revelstoke Music Festival this past weekend and winds her way to Vernon’s Canada Day festivities in Polson Park Friday. Then she’s off to Vancouver to perform with Hilary Grist, whom she met years before while both were part of the Bill Henderson and Roy Forbes songwriting workshop at the George Ryga Centre in Summerland, before returning to play the Rarearth Music Festival at Silver Star Mountain July 23.
“July is basically B.C., and then it’ll be Alberta and Ontario into September, ending in Halifax,” said Pederson, who sends a shout out to her family in Vernon, parents Helma and Al, plus sisters, Hannah and Brandi as well as brother-in-law Aaron, for all their support.
For more on the tour and new album, check out www.reverbnation.com/jodipederson.