Award-Winning, Singer-Songwriter Erin McCallum Joins The Sound Cafe With An Exclusive Monthly Column
Photo Credit: P. Collins
We are delighted and excited to announce that Erin McCallum will be joining The Sound Cafe writing team presenting a monthly column "Behind The Curtain". Erin's formal post-secondary education was in media studies (news, radio), graduating from Humber College, she went on to be mentored by Canadian News Hall of Fame inductee, Robert Holiday, and she is a regularly published writer in music and investigative journalism, having focused on music for the last six years.
Erin McCallum’s slogan is 'Big Voice, Big Sound', and when she plays and sings it out loud, you know you’re listening to something very special indeed.
Erin has spent almost 20 years as an actively performing blues artist, singer-songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist, and, she is also an acclaimed vocalist and lyricist.
Among her many accomplishments Erin has been accredited with an International Songwriting Award for her release, "Complicated Woman" and has two Maple Blues Awards nominations (Female Vocalist of the year and Artist/Group of the Year), and two Ontario Independent Music Awards nominations for “Best Blues”.
Erin has performed at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, and represented Canada at the International Showcase. She was awarded “Album of the Year” (Blues Source Entertainment, for “It’s Time”), and has released five all original full-length albums receiving radio airplay in 63 countries.
Erin continues actively performing, she is currently in a trio contributing bass and vocals, along with Joe Pace on drums and Teddy Leonard on guitar, her much anticipated sixth album is currently in the works.
Erin's exclusive monthly columns for The Sound Cafe will be called “Behind The Curtain”, and will include interviews with featured artists, and at times will focus on biographical content - Erin always searches for the interesting things beyond a press release.
The column will be of interest to the Canadian blues community, where artists who are impactful - that could mean “up and coming artists” - or artists worthy of a “legacy piece” will be featured, and also established artists who are doing something worthy of mention, such as releasing a new album, or artists that have been nominated for, or have won awards.
Erin says "I really like the idea of legacy pieces alongside up and coming acts as well. It gives some “face time“ to emerging acts while still acknowledging Canadian artists who have paved the way. I really like that this is a forum to inform, educate, and strengthen the music collective."
Erin's first contributing piece will be out November 1st.
Photo Credit: Ken Wallis.