A household name to anyone who listens to CBC Radio, musician David Myles is currently crossing the country upon the release of his award-winning album, Into The Sun.
About to perform in a special presentation of the Vernon Performing Arts Centre Society, Myles and his band are in town Thursday and are sure to bring audiences to their feet with their spirited songs, flawless musicianship, and engaging stage show.
Featured on Stuart McLean’s Vinyl Café, the folk and jazz singer/songwriter, originally from Fredericton, N.B., and now calls Halifax, N.S. home, cites Ray Charles and Miles Davis as major influences.
“I’ve been obsessed with music since I was a little kid,” said Myles. “It was a big part of my family. We had two pianos in the house, and my dad directed musicals at the high school.”
Already known for his versatile repertoire and ability to fuse styles, Myles’ fifth studio recording, Into the Sun, takes listeners on an exhilarating music adventure that explores his long-time love of Brazilian and African music.
A born collaborator, Myles has worked with artists from all corners of the musical spectrum including Canadian hip-hop star Classified and international opera sensation Measha Brueggergosman.
Myles’ band features Kyle Cunjak on upright bass and Alan Jeffries on guitar.
“It’s contemporary folk music in maybe the same vein as Paul Simon or James Taylor,” explained Myles, “There’s also a heavy soul and R&B influence.”
Myles’ surprising and intricate songwriting has garnered him wins in the International Songwriting Contest, song placements in film and television, and a place on CBC’s Great Canadian Songquest.
His unabashed joy at being on stage is infectious. His enthusiasm, along with his tendency to entertain audiences with his humourous anecdotes, wins him fans instantly.
Fans can get a glimpse “behind the scenes” while Myles is on the road — from a baby’s perspective.
His two-month-old baby, Maria Myles, is blogging (with a little help from her mom) while the trio travel together on tour across the country. To see the blog, insider videos and photos, visit http://ittybittyditty.wordpress.com.
David Myles and his band take the stage at the VPAC Thursday, Nov. 15 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $30/adult, $27/senior, $25/student, at the Ticket Seller box office, 250-549-7469, www.ticketseller.ca.