At: The Sanctuary Theatre
228 Germain St.
Saint John, NB
Doors at 7:00 pm
Show at 8:00 pm
There is something quietly profound about listening to We Were Born To Glory; the new record by singer-songwriter, arranger and producer Royal Wood. We hear Royal celebrate life with the wisdom of a seasoned soul, tempered with a youthful wonder.
While the power of his last album The Waiting lay in its crystalline balladry, it only takes one listen to the delightfully up-tempo opening track "The Thick Of It" to immediately realize Royal has turned a fresh new page.
"This record represents a celebration of life and all the aspects of it," he says. "Not just love and loss, but life on a grand scale – knowing that we are born as a seed of potential to be anything we want. Life is about balance but often we can get so caught up in the drama of every day interaction that we take for granted just being alive."
The vision for We Were Born To Glory sounds bold, and indeed it is. The 13 songs chosen for the record were among the almost 50 songs he had written before stepping back into the studio in November of 2011.
Wood enlisted his trusted production collaborator Dean Drouillard to co-produce the new material with him, and the duo returned to the inspired setting of Pierre Marchand's Montreal studio space to begin the recording process.