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Royal Wood succeeds by making art for art's sake

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 Toronto based songwriter Royal Wood has enjoyed  the most successful year in part due to his most successful single “ Forever and Ever.” And it’s all due to a change in attitude.Royal Wood returns to Lethbridge, Sept. 8. Photo by Vanessa Heins

“ Instead of  trying to  write pop songs I just decided to make art for art’s sake,” said Royal Wood who comes back to Lethbridge to play  a show at the Southminster United Church for the Geomatic Attic, Sept. 8 with the Good Lovelies.
He is excited to return  to Lethbridge.

“Last time I was just solo, which is a different show,” he said adding this time he is bringing his band — long tome guitarist and producer Dean Drouillard, Mark Mariash and Steve Zirai.

He is a Juno nominee and was a 2013 finalist in the International songwriting Competition. and has had his songs in TV shows including Private Practice and  Grey’s Anatomy.

 His latest CD “ The Burning Bright”  which was only released in March, has more than exceeded his expectations.

“ It’s been quite a ride,” he continued. He was last in Lethbridge in 2011 for another  Geomatic Attic show.

 He noted he knew he had something special when he recorded  “Forever and Ever.”
“Something about it just resonated. I could feel the goosebumps in the control room and could feel my hair stand on end. And when you feel something like that you just go with it,” he continued.

He  took a break from everything to write the new  CD,  going to his ancestral home of Ireland to write as well as  Los Angeles with long time guitarist/ producer Dean  Drouillard.
“ I just locked myself in a cabin and cut myself off from Internet and television,” he said adding he will likely do the next album in a similar way, but he has a lot on his plate before that happens.

 In addition to touring on The Burning Bright,” and supporting the  new single “ White Flag,”  he just  recorded a live DVD on Aug. 21.
“It’s been a fantasy of mine. It felt like we’ve had something really special. And there's this beautiful theatre in London, Ontario and we have a great audience there. So it felt like  the perfect night  to capture it,” he said, adding he plans to release it in time for Christmas.”

Tickets for the show, which starts at 8 p.m. sharp, cost  $37.50 at Southminster United Church, Monday, Sept. 8.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 02 September 2014 10:33 )  
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