JESSE LABELLE WINS OVER FANS ON THE ROAD AND AT MUCHMUSIC, DEBUT FULL-LENGTH SLATED FOR MARCH RELEASE ON WAX RECORDS
From opening for Hannah Montana’s Emily Osment, pop sensation Jesse Labelle returned to his home soil in Toronto 2 weeks ago to unleash his debut music video “Perfect Accident” live on MuchMusic’s “Much On Demand”. The video from Jesse’s “Perfect Accident EP” will debut on the MuchMusic countdown at #20 and has also been added into heavy rotation at Much More Music and Punch Much (Check out the tour video link below).
On tour, his heartfelt ballads and uptempo pop songs were met positively from audiences across the country. Opening for Emily Osment, Jesse had the opportunity to win over a legion of new young fans, witnessed by the long lines at the merch booth and his post show meet ‘n’ greets where literally thousands of (screaming) fans waited several hours for a chance to have a picture taken with the young singer songwriter.
Jesse Labelle’s “Perfect Accident EP” debut release, recorded with Dave Thomson (Lights) is already off to a running start hitting #1 on the Soundscan Singles Chart this past week. The digital version of the EP which came out in November soared into the Top 10 on iTunes Pop Album Chart the week it was released. This 4 song introduction is but a small taste of what is to come on Jesse’s full length release slated for a mid-March release on Wax Records.
DOWNLOAD photos, album art, logo, bio here: http://jesselabelle.com/artwork
VIEW music video and fact sheet: http://web.me.com/waxrecords/JesseLabelle/Info.html
VIEW tour wrap-up video: http://gallery.me.com/jamieapples/100566
Jesse on “Much on Demand”:
Jesse Labelle – “Perfect Accident” Official Video
Tardiness…slow…being slothful, that’s how I’ve been treating this blog site of mine for awhile & I apologize. I’ve got a lot things to ponder: I could work with someone/company to make a great blog site?? The thing was this blog was always supposed to stay underground. For those people who like my writing at Tweeple Magazine, Examiner, and my twittering….well this blog was supposed to be my backwater, my used couch of comfort. Say anything, anytime.
Of course, trying to build a rep as a writer with high quality articles that get noticed or picked up/linked by larger websites…is easy in concept, but difficult in practice. So, my focus on writing high quality multimedia articles with links on the Examiner, has been slow, as sometimes I need to really be inspired by the music or the story of a band/singer.
I’ve learned a lot of things over the past few months, & I will try to post more things here, as a preview to developing stories & articles for the Examiner. As well, I’ll try to put some more cool stuff about indie groups & bands.
Jason Chu aka Chodidees
The funny thing is at the Examiner website, my topic is Canadian music, which is a large and broad topic, however, I’m not allowed to write about anything else. This of course leaves out many great musicians/indie bands out there. So, I’ll use this blog to put up some cool new “foreign” music that I’m not allowed print at the Examiner.com/Canada.
You know that saying, “when you least expect it, you get it!”, well that saying goes far in explaining how I got introduced to this next band’s music. Normally, it’s myself trolling through the internet, music sites, listening to songs, looking for that group that just shines & sparkles. Oftentimes it’s few and far between. This time the band, found me on Twitter. I usually find my way listening to most of what people send me, but realistically I only time to write about a certain number of acts.
There are many ways to look at indie: just starting out & trying to find their sound; those that are starting to turn heads & have the talent, and are gigging like mad to make it (at this time they are pretty much ready); Indie/underground groups that have been around so long that they are very respected, but shameful they didn’t break through into the mainstream.
I would class the Junior League band in the second category, as they certainly are up and coming, but they bring a throwback roots/americana/country/acoustic sound. The Lissy Rosemount (the singer) stands out from the pack as her soulful voice that is truly unique, & the band has that polished sound that comes with many performances together. Anyway, you can check out their videos for yourselves. I chose: South Carolina Blues and Kiss You In The Morning b/c. they are more their “music videos”, the other clips are more raw performances.
Junior League Band- South Carolina Blues
Junior League Band – Kiss You In The Morning
If you want to see more, or leave a comment with them, check out these links:
Junior League Band’s Official Homepage: http://www.juniorleagueband.com/
Junior League Band’s YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/JuniorLeague
Junior League Band’s Myspace page: http://www.myspace.com/juniorleagueband
Junior League Band’s Twitter: http://twitter.com/JrLeagueBand2
As I’ve reminded myself, this blog site is mainly for me to goof off, and give me an outlet to speak. I’m not concerned by “views” and ad revenue. Hardcore music fans will find this blog, and check out what they want.
I’m gonna spend more time putting up music that I think is worth checking out. In the past month, I’ve heard tonnes of new music and bands/singers/DJ’s…whatever! I look forward putting up reviews and posts on many of these rising indie, underground, and unsigned musicians.
Also, believe it or not posting any poetry, kinda hurt my creative writing. Poetry is just something I need to do to make sense of some of my thoughts and feelings about my life and the world around me.
I took a break from blogging (almost a month) because I needed a break, and just wanted to regroup and decide what I wanted to do with this blog. I didn’t want to write stuff that could be used against me at a later date (i.e. getting too personal with my life), so I spent the month focusing hard at “The Examiner/Canada” where I am one of the Canada Music Examiners writers. Check it out if you want: (http://www.examiner.com/x-19981-Canadian-Music-Examiner).
So, look for this blog to get active once again! You can leave comments if you want, but if you want to get a hold of me e-mail me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
~ Jason Chu
A short while ago, Ramon approached me about a project. He said this was to be a fictionalized version of “his” story, with supernatural elements. He offered me the script writer position, which I accepted not fully aware of the challenges. Anyhow, Ramon placed an online ad in Craigslist scheduling an audition this past Thursday for a role in the movie. This role was for “the reporter”, which has a dual purpose. The actor landing the role would play a reporter in the movie as well as one in our online promotional campaign of the movie.
Being “green” to the movie process, I came in with no concrete expectations, but looking to follow cues from Ramon and collaborate in any necessary fashion. What impressed me right away, was the professional setup of the audition area. Of course running on a tight budget, Ramon managed to come up with a suitable location for the auditions. It took place in a historic tourist home, which gave it a bit of the “Little House on the Prairie” vibe.
Back to the auditions, we had 5 candidates audition on that day, and their professionalism, acting skills, and experience was quite impressive. Why? Namely, Profile productions is just starting up, and we have this ambitious notion to make and submit this movie to the Toronto International Film Festival. A lofty goal, but better to aim high than low.
As the auditions continued, it became clearer what exactly the team was looking for. It was helpful to watch the auditions on a TV screen with a feed connected to the filming camera. This is very important because the truth is: each individual person looks different on the screen versus in real life. Also, knowing what type of reporter the role was to be fashioned from gave us a better impression of who better fit our vision of the role.
On that day, Ramon, Renata and myself, had the honour to audition these 5 gifted actresses: Joey Close, Sarah Novosel, Frances Rawlings, Nadia Persad, and Laura Screnci. To talk about the details of the audition would be disrespectful of the process, however, I truly was impressed by the creativity each actor brought to her performance.
In the audition, they had 5 minutes to talk about their background, character, and whatever else they felt pertinent to share. At this point, the panel (Ramon, Renata, and myself) would get to chance to ask some extra questions to clear up some things we wanted to know. The 2nd part consisted of a variety of subjects on popular issues, where each person would choose the topic knew the best. Ramon would begin filming them as if this was an actual news broadcast. It was very important for the team to hear her reporter “sign in and out” to help us decide who gets the role.
No surprisingly after all the actors left, we had a difficult task before us. Foremost in our minds was the believability factor and professional look and image of the “reporter”. Furthermore, the ability to create and deliver believable content in a short time, tested the skills of each actress. It was fascinating to see and hear each actress’s bio and work experience, but even more exciting to watch their performances. The style and method was different for each actress, but it was great to see the professionalism, effort, and determination they gave in order to land the role. It was inspiring to see such commitment on something that has yet to fully come together.
As well getting a chance to hear the different lives and openly honest experiences of actors reminded me of the incredible difficulty of “making it in the entertainment business”. Their passion for the craft and desire to get credits and work, showed me passion you rarely see in other professions.
Profile Productions is starting to work on bringing the movie, “The Untold” to life! A steep learning curve awaits all of us. In the early stages of pre-production, the writer will have to put in a lot of legwork and drafts and re-writes till the screenplay/script is completed to our satisfaction.
Here is a link to the Profile Productions website and Ramon’s commentary about the auditions with the results. http://profileproductions.ca/2009/09/08/the-untold/
Dawn Langstroth exclusive article (The Examiner)
Written by: Jason Chu