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East Coast Canadian Songwriters Logan Richard and Moira & Claire Duet on New Single 'Unrequited Love Blues'

By Stevie Connor.

As a Prince Edward Island-born songwriter, guitarist, and producer, Logan Richard’s beckoning melodies have swiftly risen to prominence in the Canadian music scene.

Likewise, sisters Moira & Claire write lighthearted, indie folk-pop songs that appeal to East and West Coasters and everyone in between. Together, the three have teamed up to write the duet, “Unrequited Love Blues.”

This song is about two people that love each other, but don’t know that the other person feels the way that they do. The song itself was inspired by the tragic idea of unrequited love, and the idea that it will never be anything more.

It originally began as an acoustic song, but after working with producer Colin Buchanan, he encouraged Logan and Moira & Claire to give it a try as a pop bop. Having several elements return in the last chorus (vocals from bridge, chorus, guitar solo) all overlapping and intertwining acts as a representation of the two unrequited lovers’ thoughts colliding. There is no emotional wall separating the two anymore, and the listener is left with an overflow of thoughts and emotions.

Moira & Claire were fans of Logan and covered his song “Lover Again” back in 2019. Logan was delighted to hear someone cover his song for the first time, and since then, they’ve been friends. 

“This is a very special song for us as it is our first released collaboration with another artist,” say Moira & Claire. “It is extra special that the collaboration is with someone who we’ve looked up to for many years prior.”

From the corner stages of low-lit blues bars, to the spell-binding spectacles on theatre bills, Prince Edward Island-born songwriter, guitarist, and producer, Richard has built and continues to hone his catalogue of original music, the likes of which have already been featured in noteworthy TV and film sync placements, such as: Netflix’s Ginny & Georgia, City TV’s Hudson and Rex, and Hockey Night in Canada.

Since launching his career as a solo artist in 2017, Richard has had significant success with radio play on both CBC Radio 1 and 2, and has amassed over one million streams on Spotify alone. His latest EP, Learning to Love (2023), showcases a tender, reflective side to his songwriting — an impressive variation to his previously well-established high-energy pop hits. The evolution in this work is showcased brilliantly as he bears his heart and soul without sacrificing the production of his previous works.

As a three-time Music PEI Award winner and ECMA nominee, Richard has been widely recognized for his musical contributions, including his nomination for 2020’s Music PEI SOCAN Songwriter of the Year, and for his achievement in winning the New Artist of the Year in the same cycle. In 2022, he was selected as a participant for the RBCxMusic “First Up” Program which saw him take his honed-in, lively stage show to showcases and industry events across the Maritimes. In that same year, his self-titled debut album won Music PEI’s Soul/Pop/R&B Recording of the Year.

Richard is becoming a sought-after session and live guitar player, and his career continues to show signs of remarkable growth, spanning genres of: Blues, Pop, R&B, and Indie Rock. This year, with the direction of acclaimed Songwriter and Producer, David Myles, Logan Richard's sophomore album is well underway and set for release in 2024.

Born on one side of Canada and now living on another, Halifax, Nova Scotia’s Moira & Claire write lighthearted, indie folk-pop songs that appeal to East and West Coasters and everyone in between. The sisters have been singing together for longer than their professional careers, their voices harmonizing in the kind of familial magic that only living together your entire life can attain.

Their debut project “I’m not usually this forward but…” was nominated for three 2023 East Coast Music Awards (Group Recording of The Year, Rising Star Recording of The Year, and TD's Fan's Choice Video of The Year) as well as two 2023 Music Nova Scotia Awards (New Artist Recording of The Year, Folk/Roots Recording of The Year). Most recently, their song Delaney's Dad, an anthem for today's queer youth, was nominated for Single Of The Year at The Canadian Folk Awards.

On TikTok, Moira & Claire have gained over 150k followers worldwide. Their most-viewed video to date, with 2.9M views, is a cover of indie-folk artist Noah Kahan’s "Stick Season". Kahan has since publicly praised the duo, saying “Moira & Claire rock”, and “they never miss”. The sister's following also extends outside social media over 3.4M all-time streams on Spotify. Their music has been featured on several editorial playlists including Spotify's New Music Friday Canada, Fresh Finds, Folk & Friends as well as Apple Music's Breaking Alternative, New in Alternative, and Made in Canada.


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