Adrienne Pierce Ari Shine and Camille Miller at the Solstice Cafe
Saturday, April 13th, 2013
Camille Miller wrote her first ‘protest’ song at the age of eleven in response to the injustices of being grounded. She continued to write during her early teenage years as a way to express the frustrations of life as an “army brat”. Music was an early outlet for Camille to express her true feelings. It still is today.
Born in Germany and raised on military bases all across Canada, Camille grew up on Motown, Carly Simon, The Carpenters, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder and the Rolling Stones. These artists shaped Camille’s musical tastes at an early age, and were the voices that put her to sleep at night and still provide comfort to her as she brings an updated version of vocal grace and soul of yesteryears to her modern pop sound.
Camille released her first solo album (cassette actually...) ‘Things People See’ in 1998 with the help of Vancouver Island producer Rick Salt of Lois Lane Studios.
In 2002 release, her second album ’She Knows’, produced by Doug Elliott (ODDS), marked the start of her long-term writing partnership with fellow musician and close friend Nick Haggar. ‘She Knows’ (Synergy Records, 2002) led to a Much Music Video grant for the song ‘I Always Will’ and placements on the popular TV series ‘Cold Squad’.
With the support of Bruce Allen (manager of Bryan Adams and Michael Buble) Camille toured the UK three times caught the ear of Bristol-based Sugar Shack Records who released her third album ‘Carnarvon Street’ (Sugar Shack, 2005).
In the ‘000s Miller contributed to albums by a range of other artists, singing vocals on ‘Lost’ by US-based Electronica group ‘Baligomingo’, whose widely acclaimed album ‘Beneath the Surface’ was released on BMG/RCA in 2002.
She wrote and sang four songs on Polish pop icon Robert Chojnacki’s album ‘Saxophonic’ (BMG Poland, 2006), culminating in a concert with Chojnacki and the Baltic Symphony Orchestra. This exposure enabled Camille to build a fan base in Poland and secured her regular billing at some of the country’s top live music venues.
Her fourth album ‘Somewhere Near The Truth’ was released across Canada in 2008 on Sound Of Pop Records - recorded, produced and engineered by Geraldo Dominelli (Loverboy, West End Girls) at the infamous Mushroom Studios in Vancouver. Camille and Sound of Pop Records released a video for the second single ‘So Frustrated'. The video was shot in Vancouver by Mischa Hrziwnatzki.
Camille welcomed to the world a beautiful baby girl, Hannah, in October 2009. This may have changed a many things, but not her love of writing, recording and playing music. In November 2009, Camille and Nick Haggar released the single 'Artificial Joy' direct to iTunes through Sound of Pop Records.
Camille then relocated to Brazil in 2010, where – with support from international music executive Adrian Harley – she hooked up with renowned local musicians, including Rian Batista (Guizado, Cidadão Instigado), Caetano Malta and Beto Gibbs. For a short time Camille played a house gig in Sao Paulo, learning a lot in the process.
Camille then moved to Colombia, welcomed her second child, Samuel, in late 2011, and was welcomed into the Colombian music circle by Julian Mosquera (organizer of Festival Centro, Colombia's largest Rock Festival).
In spring of 2012 Camille began work on her fifth solo recording. Back in Canada with Rick Salt of Lois Lane studios, she reunited with Doug Elliott and Pat Steward of 'ODDS’, completing a six song EP entitled 'Parallel to The Sea'. The EP builds on recurrent Miller themes - the anguish and delight of day-to-day life - with a new twist of inspiration from her two young children, and the resulting sleep deprivation.
Joining Pat and Doug on the record were Vancouver Island legends Tina Jones (The Kerplunks) and Joel Spillette on organ. While mostly featuring solo compositions, the EP includes also ‘Artificial Joy’ co-written with Nick Haggar.
As the summer of 2012 drew to a close, Camille finished shooting a video for new song 'Tiniest of Hearts', reuniting her with longtime friend and video producer Tash Baycroft of Filter Studios out of Nanaimo.
The EP 'Parallel to The Sea' is due to be released in November 2012, shortly before a number of London dates she will play with VERY special guests. Details to follow….
"Adrienne Pierce finds a way to sing about ugly things in the most beautiful way”.
Fall 2011 saw the release of Adrienne Pierce’s digital FALL EP and she is set to release a new holiday single “The More The Merrier” November 25th, 2011. Over the last four years, in addition to a full length album (Oh Deer), Adrienne has released a set of four EP’s (Spring, Summer, Winter and Fall) on her own label.
In November 2008 she released a 6 song EP entitled "Winter” which received critical acclaim and international airplay. The charming songs on "Winter" were heard everywhere from podcasts in Afghanistan to popular shows on CBC radio and airplay from tastemakers in the U.S. such as World Café Live on WXPN. Three of the original songs from Winter will be featured in two Hallmark movies (Trading Christmas and Return to Canaan) which air this December on the Hallmark Channel.
Pierce's third album, Oh Deer, came out in September 2010. It has earned rave reviews, garnered significant airplay and made many year end lists. A recent review described Oh Deer as a mesmerizing combination of Edie Brickell and Blossom Dearie. Features in magazines like Performer have praised the album's adventurous aesthetic and Adrienne's addictive voice; at once passionate and atmospheric. Adrienne's songs have been heard on TV shows such as Grey's Anatomy and Veronica Mars. "Lost and Found" from the album Faultline appeared on the soundtrack for Veronica Mars alongside Tegan and Sara and Spoon.
Pierce has played everything from Lilith Fair to The Cavern Club in Liverpool and Bergenfest in Norway. She has showcased at SXSW, NXNE, CMW and The Toronto International Film Festival. Adrienne has toured with and opened for revered artists (Ray LaMontagne, Damien Rice, Sondre Lerche, The Stereophonics, Jane Siberry, The Finn Brothers), played live on the CBC and the BBC and even had a member of Radiohead compliment her performance after a show in Toronto.
Pierce's first album, Small Fires, was released in Canada on her own Insectgirl Records. Great reviews, a regional buzz and her bewitching live show caught the attention of Nettwerk Records and Management in Vancouver to which she was later signed. Pierce followed up Small Fires with two EPs: Hors d'Oeuvres and Exit,. The singer's second full length album Faultline was helmed by Jeff Trott (Sheryl Crow) and 8 time Grammy award winner Thom Russo who brought in an all star team of players including many Beck alumni. The beautifully layered production put the spotlight on Pierce's continuing evolution as a writer. Faultline was first released digitally before making its way into stores in 2008. It expanded Adrienne's worldwide following considerably with many fans creating popular youtube videos for songs from the album.
In October of 2007 Adrienne's haunting cover of Neil Young's "Pocahontas" was released as part of Broken Tunes II along with covers by Ron Sexsmith and the Barenaked Ladies. Adrienne's touring in support of "Oh Deer" began in Norway at Bergenfest alongside artists like Lou Reed and Randy Newman. She has since toured across the US as well as playing dates in her native Canada. The year culminated with a live performance on CBC Radio and shows supporting Frazey Ford and the White Buffalo. Adrienne continued to tour throughout 2011 including dates in Canada, The USA and Israel.
After touring relentlessly behind his last album Ghost Town Directory and receiving plaudits from sources like No Depression, Americana UK and Big Takeover, on Sep. 25th Ari Shine released Songs Of Solomon, his most honest and rugged batch of songs yet. It made the 2012 Grammy ballot for Americana album of year and NU-MODE magazine’s 5 Albums We Love alongside David Byrne and St. Vincent.
Songs of Solomon was funded by a Pledgemusic campaign. The singer/songwriter found himself supported by the grassroots following he has cultivated on the road supporting acts like Mindy Smith, Lucero, the White Buffalo, Linda Perry, Mike Peters of the Alarm and others. The campaign also raised money and awareness for the Art of Elysium, a foundation Ari works with that brings music to children in hospitals and other settings.
Reuniting with Ghost Town Directory producer Noah Shain (Dead Sara, Skrillex, Fool’s Gold), the pair holed up in Echo Park and recorded the twelve songs that make up Songs Of Solomon. Marty Rifkin, a frequent collaborator of Bruce Springsteen and Ryan Adams, played pedal steel and lap steel on seven tunes. “ Another partnership which informs the songs on the album is Shine’s continued collaboration with his wife, Canadian artist Adrienne Pierce. Ninety Nine, a populist anthem the pair wrote was inspired by the Occupy Wall Street movement.
Sonically, the record may surprise those only familiar with the singer’s more raucous past. The haunted Latin Playboys like lament “Least I Tried” is replete with Morricone style atmospherics while “Pauper’s Grave” is something akin to Zeppelin III meets Chris Whitley. Uniting all the tracks is Shine’s gutsy vocal approach which ranges from sandpaper yowls to whispered asides. Packed with memorable tunes and overflowing with heart, Songs of Solomon is Ari Shine’s richest and most realized work yet.