Updated: Nov 20
O Canada our one and native landed..
Yes yes people Justin Bieber , Drake, Celine Dione, The Weeknd and Tate McRae . These are just some of the greatest voices to rise from such a powerful and gifted nation. Joining them is Abby Cribb.
The 19 year old wonder voice brought a heap of suprise with such a wholesome project. Gifted, talented and supreme.
That's how we can describe this EP. Already providing such a stunning stream of music with tracks such as her amazing rendition to Radiohead's Creep and Follow up single Bigger.
Ally also graced our screens with the behind the scenes of the making of her extended play and more as she shared how the project came about as the triple threat singer, songwriter and performer took time out of her busy schedule at university to tell all.
1. Ally, welcome and thanks for sharing more behind your dashing EP Unbroken. How has the reception been since its release?
ALLY : Thanks so much for taking an interest in my music! So far, the reception has been everything I hoped it would be. For so many months I looked forward to sending these songs out into the world. Writing and recording a 7-track EP is definitely a lot of work. It’s taken a lot of patience, especially considering it was all done during a global pandemic and we had to learn how to adapt to an at-home setting and use it to the best ability. Looking back, I’m really proud of everything I’ve been able to do over the past two years of craziness. Even throughout unexpected hardship and adversity, I’ve managed to never stop creating music. One of the most rewarding things about an EP with all original songs is when people come up to me and tell me they have a favourite song, or a certain lyric that resonates most with them. I place a lot of importance on lyricism and the quality of the lyrics I write, so it means the world to me when people recognize and appreciate that.
2. Talk us through the EP. What’s the tale behind its development and what was a good highlight that you could all share?
ALLY: The creation of this EP happened during a particularly tumultuous time in my life, not only because my high school years were suddenly spent isolated at home, but because of the sudden and unexpected loss of my mother. Needless to say, it was a time of deep turmoil, These songs spilled out onto notebook pages, screens and napkins. I would wake up in the middle of the night to write down ideas that eventually wove their way into songs. I worked with my dad to workshop the lyrics, structures and musical production ideas. We moved the raw tracks to a couple of studios in our area for vocals, added musicians and mixing. These songs went through many iterations to get them where they ended up. And some continue to morph. One of the joys of songwriting is seeing the work constantly shift and reveal itself anew.
3. You have risen to higher heights from your first impression of your live version to Radiohead's Creep and then your follow Bigger. Would you say your proud of your growth as an artist overs the years?
ALLY: I’d say I’m very proud of the progress I’ve made last couple of years. Creating Unbroken allowed me to grow as an artist and explore every area of creativity when it comes to making music, including songwriting, recording, music production, and performing, all of which I love to no end. Creating Unbroken has allowed me to realise that this writing and releasing music is something I want to do for the rest of my life. It’s my passion. I think I’ll always remember the day my EP was released. It was one of the proudest moments in my life knowing that all the time and effort we had poured into the project had finally paid off. Unbroken’s release marked the beginning of my journey as a singer/songwriter, and was a moment I had dreamt of since I was a little girl.
4. You feature a heavy flow of piano, voice and strings and together they provide a nurtured and rich feel to your project. How was the build-up to songs on the EP? Did you have more songs you wanted to include ? Do you have a favorite song from the project?
ALLY: There were definitely a ton of songs I wrote during the creation of Unbroken that didn’t end up making the final cut. But I’d still love to include them in my next project. All of the songs on the EP are very close to my heart as they are all written from personal experience and tell stories about different times in my life. But if I had to choose a favourite, it would probably be California. I’m really proud of the songwriting. It was one of those ideas that hit me around 1 a.m., and by the time the sun had risen I had the first draft written. I knew I had something special. I fell in love with this story I created in my head of these two lovers, torn apart by distance. I was really influenced by some of my favourite songwriters that came from Nashville, Liz Rose, Taylor Swift, and Amy Grant. They all have this incredible ability to transport you to a certain place and time through their lyricism. I tried to mimic that in California.
5. You sure went all out with the talented songwriting approach to each song. They cover multiple themes of loss, and love, however, highlight the vitality of perseverance and willpower. How do you describe the concept behind this EP to new listeners ?
ALLY: I’d say that finding hope and strength in the face of adversity is a theme embedded throughout the EP. Overcoming heartache or pain – and ultimately rising above it – is the reality from which these songs were created and the narrative thread that runs throughout.
6. Last of all. Thank you so so much for stopping and talking about your EP. It has been a blast. What can we look forward to later this year from you?
ALLY: Thanks so much for taking an interest in Unbroken and sharing it with your readers. I’m keen to start working on my next project. Right now I’m enjoying the start of my Bachelor of Music degree at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, writing new songs everyday, and hoping to get back in the studio sometime soon to start working on some new material.