Tracy Belsher, Organizer
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Eight Bands from Across Alberta Tell Cancer to ROCK Off!
Cold Lake, Alberta – May 30, 2013 – Eight bands and singer-songwriters from across Alberta - willing, keen, and freaking able to deliver, have produced a compilation CD of diverse sounds to benefit the Canadian Cancer Society’s Relay For Life.
“The talent, musicianship, vocals, hooks, and wicked riffs…”organizer, Tracy Belsher, a novelist, screenwriter, and musician from Cold Lake, Alberta gets dizzy thinking about how lucky she’s been able to rally such formidable troops for this benefit project. ROCK You Cancer is a fundraising effort to support the Canadian Cancer Society's Relay For Life. Participating artists share their voices, musicianship, and skills - confident the compilation will inspire as well as entertain.
While supporting a worthy cause, listeners will gain exposure to some of Alberta's finest new talent, the likes of: Greg Wood, Calista, Jenie Thai, Maria Sue Roberts, The Gibson Block, The Crook Art, Wilder Than We, and Rustic Charm.
“I’ve tried to keep a local connection,” Belsher said. “Most of the bands feature homegrown talent. Guys like former Cold Lake residents Paul Bergeron, bassist, and Braydonn Wollmann, lead singer of Edmonton’s, Calista, as well as Calgary’s, The Crook Art’s drummer, Denver Petterson.” These are local artists who have moved on to bigger cities. “Maria Sue Roberts, a teacher, musician, and songwriter from Cold Lake, is a transplanted Newfoundlander who just opened for comedian Shaun Majumder.” Belsher wanted to highlight the quality artists sprouting from the Lakeland Region as well as support Relay 2013.
Bonnyville’s Greg Wood was keen to be involved in the project. “Cancer touches most families eventually. Having a song on ROCK You Cancer was an opportunity to help out close to home.” Hope In Her Eyes, is “a catchy rock / country cross-over song” Wood said of his contribution. The melody “seems to stick in people’s heads after just one listen. The lyrics are universal.”
Edmonton’s 4-piece rock ensemble, The Gibson Block, was “thrilled to be included on a compilation with great Alberta musicians supporting a cause that affects everyone.” Their tune, Without Me, can “be read many different ways by listeners.” They hope the song “encourages listeners to think of all those people in the world who are supporting them and wishing them well and brings them some comfort.”
“If music soothes the savage beast,” Belsher concludes, “maybe our efforts to raise our voices and awareness for Relay will inspire others. Sometimes a song is all it takes to change your perspective.” As classically trained pianist, Edmonton’s, Jenie Thai croons on her emotionally charged song, Your Sweet Lullaby:
I wish you sweet, sweet dreams
In your darkest night.
All I can give to you
The Cold Lake Energy Centre is hosting Relay For Life on June 21st from 7pm to 7am.
About ROCK You Cancer:
ROCK You Cancer is a fundraising compilation CD featuring eight bands from across Alberta with proceeds going directly to the Canadian Cancer Society’s Relay For Life. Download cards are available at Lots-A-Books in Cold Lake and online via iTunes and Amazon. Follow ROCK You Cancer on Twitter: @ROCKYouCancer and on Facebook.