Volume 93, Issue 85

Friday, March 10, 2000


Weekend Pass

Fool much smarter than it sounds

Play has Everything and a whole lot more

Singer's success a definite Maybe

Comic loves pizza, girls

Elephant Band winning all the big battles


Singer's success a definite Maybe

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By Rebecca Morier
Gazette Writer

Don't let the album title, Maybe, fool you – for songstress Tammy Raybould, there's no doubt she's reached an exciting point in her music career.

Playing in London tonight at Call the Office, Raybould has been busy with tour dates and special appearances to promote her full-length debut album. As a follow-up to the homespun charm of her 1998 7Đtrack EP, FaŤade, this latest offering features the Ottawa native's folk/rock stylings with a mature pop sheen.

"There's definitely been some growth there," she says of the transition between albums. "With Maybe we put a lot more thought, work and money into it." It certainly paid off.

In November 1999, her indie label, Boulder Records, landed a partnership with Sony Music, diffusing the distribution of Maybe across Canada. Raybould says she couldn't have been more pleased. "Distribution has increased right across the country, which helps us not worry about getting stuff out," she says knowingly. "Having another company, especially Sony, behind us doing that, is a great load off our shoulders."

Even before the Sony deal, Raybould was carving out a place for herself in the music industry. Her most notable event was her appearance at Lilith Fair in July 1998, which came about as the result of her manager submitting FaŤade to Nettwerk Records a month prior.

"[Lilith Fair] was amazing," she recollects fondly. The event provided the young singer-songwriter-pianist the opportunity to show off her musical forté to a large and very encouraging crowd. As much as the experience was personally gratifying for her, she notes its practical advantages. "Lilith Fair is a great name to have on my bio. Having that name on it has given me a lot of gigs and more respect in the industry."

For Raybould, being on stage with names such as Sarah McLachlan and Paula Cole was overwhelming, but not as much as the blitz which followed, where she received a healthy dose of well-deserved exposure. "All the press and coverage I had was amazing. I got to meet a lot of wonderful people – not just the artists but their management, a lot of record labels, a lot of press. It was great."

Despite the post-Lilith fanfare, Raybould is focused on Maybe, which is comprised of two songs from FaŤade and nine new tracks. Currently receiving regular airplay, the first single "Loving You" is an infectious, upbeat track which displays her powerful and limber vocals, setting her apart from the current mass of bubblegum rockers.

The blend of Raybould's vocals with guitar and piano often create a hard-edged, yet sentimental ambiance. With songs ranging from the hypnotic "I Could Tell You" and the catchy "How is He," to the wistful "This Is Why," Maybe is sure to satisfy Raybould's fans, while encouraging a greater following. With the positive response which has greeted her since Lilith Fair, Raybould is keeping a level head and concentrating on promoting her sophomore release.

"We're touring a lot right now, trying to get sales up for the album," she reports. Having never been in London, Raybould says she is excited about tonight's show at Call the Office.

If her success thus far is any indication of her ability to entertain, she will surely provide a high calibre performance and the opportunity for local music listeners to share in the reveling of her talents.

As for the future, Raybould is focused on the moment. "I already have a couple of ideas for the next album," she says. "As for now, I am pleased with the way this one turned out. I've had good feedback on it."

For a promising musician whose career is rapidly gaining momentum, that's more than a good place to be.

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