PLEASE NOTE NEW DATE… THE RECORD STORE DAY 13TH EDITION WILL TAKE PLACE ON SATURDAY, JUNE 20
CLICK HERE for link to list of titles that will be coming out in Canada. Remember, we order virtually EVERYTHING but do not know what we will get since they are limited. Subscribes to our weekly e-newsletter will get a list of what arrived the night before RSD.
RECORD STORE DAY ANNOUNCES 2020 Global AMBASSADOR:
See the Ambassador’s Announcement video on https://recordstoreday.com/
Ever since 2009, when Jesse Hughes created the title, record stores have been lucky enough to have a special cheerleader every year, an artist to lead the charge and wield the bullhorn, telling the world about the magic that is the record store and the party that is Record Store Day.
The time has come to hang the sash on another musician and send them out to talk about record stores in 2020 and the 13th annual celebration of them on June 20. Record Store Day is thrilled that this year the RSD Ambassador title goes to the tireless, fearless, talented, generous, all-around awesome Brandi Carlile.
“Brandi’s career has woven through record stores from the beginning, and I can barely remember when there hasn’t been a Brandi Carlile record in their racks and on their charts. Record stores really are tastemakers—in all genres, across the country—and they’ve been shouting about Brandi and the Twins for years,” says Carrie Colliton, Record Store Day co-founder. “It’s a genuine thrill, and feels so natural, to have them join our team in such an “official” capacity this year. And it’s going to be fun—that’s a big part of the RSD Ambassador gig, and they are definitely up to it.”
Referring to the physical releases found in record stores as “not just albums [to the artists], these are somebody’s dreams, everything about it, what’s in [the package] and what’s coming through your speakers”, Carlile says one of the most important things record stores do is “they mine, archive, meticulously care for, and make available to you other people’s dreams.”
“The Twins and I have never made an album that we didn’t intend to be in an independent record store. Thank you so much for recognizing this love in me and the Twins and giving us this opportunity. We won’t let you down.” Get a peek at Brandi Carlile’s own record collection in the Ambassador’s Announcement video on recordstoreday.com
Musically, five-time GRAMMY Award-winning singer, songwriter, performer and producer Brandi Carlile and her collaborators/bandmates, Tim and Phil Hanseroth are in the midst of a monumental series of years following the release of her GRAMMY Award-winning album, By The Way, I Forgive You. Additionally, Carlile won Best Country Song (“Bring My Flowers Now” performed by Tanya Tucker) at the 2020 GRAMMY Awards, was awarded Billboard’s Women In Music “Trailblazer Award,” CMT’s Next Women of Country “Impact Award,” and was named Artist of the Year at the 2019 Americana Music Association Honors & Awards. She also co-produced Tanya Tucker’s latest album, While I’m Livin’, which won Best Country Album at this year’s GRAMMY Awards. In celebration of her landmark year, Carlile made her headline debut at Madison Square Garden last fall and performed six sold-out shows at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium last month. She is also a member of The Highwomen—the new collaborative moment formed by Carlile, Natalie Hemby, Maren Morris and Amanda Shires—who released their critically acclaimed self-titled debut album last year via Low Country Sound/Elektra Records.
February 19th, 2020 – It was announced today that singer songwriter Marie-Mai has been named the Canadian ambassador of the next edition of Record Store Day, the worldwide celebration of record stores, which happens annually in April. After picking Nova Scotia rock band The Trews as ambassadors in 2019, Pearl Jam (2019, USA), Metallica (2016, USA), the organizers of Record Store Day have now asked Marie-Mai to become the first female artist and first Quebec artist to assume this role. This major event that brings together independent record stores, artists, music lovers and vinyl collectors every year will hold its 13th edition on April 18.
For the occasion, Marie-Mai will release a limited edition, numbered vinyl reprint of her latest album ELLE ET MOI. This superb orange record – which is bound to become a collector’s item for fans of the singer! – will include a bonus song: Coming Through Me, the English version of Exister.
“There is something intriguing and nostalgic about holding a vinyl record in your hands, placing it on the turntable, and hearing the first notes. Senses like touch and sight can also be stimulated by music. We tend to forget it nowadays. That’s what makes Record Store Day so essential.
I must admit that it’s also inspiring for a francophone singer-songwriter to be asked to become the ambassador for a national celebration of music, in addition to being the first female artist to hold this title. I share this honour with all the women who turn their passion for music into the most wonderful job in the world!” – MARIE-MAI
Marie Mai is the undisputed Queen of pop in Quebec. An enormously talented singer-songwriter, Marie-Mai has dominated the Quebec live music scene for more than 16 years, with over two million fans having flocked to her live shows. With 6 albums, 5 platinum certifications, 6 tours, 15 concerts at the Bell Center, 19 #1 hits, 10 Félix Awards (the highest honour in Quebec music), including 5 for Female Artist of the Year, she has solidified her status as a force in the music industry. As a successful songwriter in both French and English, Marie-Mai has won 9 awards from SOCAN and was honoured as Songwriter of the Year in 2014.
In November, Marie-Mai launched her fashion brand .soi. The first collection of clothing, lingerie and jewelry was created in collaboration with three Quebec designers: Dailystory, Sokoloff, and wellDunn.
Leucan, the Association for children with cancer and their families, announced that Marie-Mai is officially being named Godmother of Leucan. Marie-Mai has been involved with helping children with cancer since 2017, a commitment solidified following her participation in the 40th anniversary of the Association. Over the next three years, Marie-Mai will meet with the Leucan children and families in every corner of Quebec, as part of various activities organized for them.
Inspired, well surrounded, and more confident than ever, the singer-songwriter released ELLE ET MOI in November 2018 via Spectra Musique. Across eleven songs, Marie-Mai frankly reveals part of herself, creating uncompromising melodies, with personal lyrics driven by sophisticated pop. This sixth album was helmed by British producer Oliver Som, and it features such talented collaborators as Koriass, Ingrid St-Pierre, Jean-Phi Goncalves, Tawgs Salter, and David Laflèche. Since February 2019, the artist and her musicians have been touring Quebec far and wide. They will visit Salle Albert-Rousseau in Quebec City for seven concerts soon (March 6 and 7, April 24 and 25, May 28, 29 and 30), in addition to performing at the Bell Centre on June 19! For all the tour dates, visit MARIEMAI.COM.