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Carsen Gray - "Alive"

Amazing artist Carsen Gray was born of Haida Indigenous and mixed descent, the award-winning singer and songwriter commutes the peace of her surroundings into a soulful sound spiked with R&B energy, pop universality, and a twist of local spirit. After making waves across Canada, she introduces herself to the world on her 2022 debut EP Each Moment [Nettwerk]. “It’s very chill, beautiful, laidback, and peaceful,” she says of her home. “The people are nice and welcoming. We all support one another and cheer each other on. Because of where I’m from, I feel like I was able to come out with such a warm project. We’re in a safe little place up here. I’m proud of my heritage, where I come from, and the land I live on.” Growing up in Haida Gwaii, Carsen’s mother recognized her talent early on. During a trip to Ontario at nine years old, she recorded for the first time. Immediately, mom called her uncle Bobby Taylor who not only fronted Bobby Taylor & the Vancouvers, but also famously discovered, mentored, and produced The Jackson 5’s 1969 debut, Diana Ross Presents The Jackson 5, and the follow-up, ABC. Under Bobby’s wing, she performed around Vancouver. Among her fondest memories, he often sat down with her at the piano for hours on end, fostering her passion for gospel and soul. Inspired by Motown icons as well as Céline Dion, Mariah Carey, and Alicia Keys, she cultivated a signature style of her own equally steeped in singer-songwriter tradition and full-bodied R&B. Turning heads, Carsen’s 2017 self-titled debut earned Best New Artist” at SiriusXM’s Indigenous Music Awards, while 2018’s “Wanna See You” with JUNO Award-nominated DJ Shub received “Best Radio Single.” Along the way, she performed on the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN) and at JunoFest. In 2020, her single “Sah ‘Laana” and its intimate accompanying music video caught the attention of Nettwerk Music Group, and she signed with the label. Following the release of her newest track "Alive", she projects a captivating sound that will certainly grasp your ears. Beginning with soothing instrumentation leading onto her full and bright vocals she completes the song entirely. Explaining the track a bit further it's about not giving up on your love for somebody just because of the dark seasons you may go through. It's about loving someone unconditionally. To the vocals and production, this single will surely have you vibing and possibly relating to the lyrics. It would be just perfect for a late night drive or alone within your thoughts. Go stream "Alive".


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