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The Hello Darlins Release Latest Single 'Prayer For A Sparrow'
Calgary roots collective also announces June 11 release date
for full-length debut album 'Go By Feel!'
By Jason Schneider.
With their highly anticipated full-length debut album Go By Feel officially set to arrive on June 11, 2021, The Hello Darlins are offering another preview with the single “Prayer For A Sparrow,” out today on all digital platforms.
A gorgeous ballad sung by Darlins’ co-founder Candace Lacina, the song follows on the heels of the band’s previous acclaimed singles “Aberdeen (ft. Joey Landreth),” “Catch That Train” and “Still Waters (ft. Matt Andersen),” which together have racked up over 350,000 Spotify streams to date.
When asked to describe "Prayer For A Sparrow," Lacina says, “I believe humanity is becoming more understanding and compassionate. We're experiencing a new beginning, and a renewed hope. Dolly Parton is an inspiration to me, and was for the creation of this song. The sparrow is the ultimate sign of a changing season and it feels like a good time for change.”
The Hello Darlins have also been featured at top roots music outlets The Bluegrass Situation, American Songwriter, Maverick Magazine and Americana UK, certainly an impressive feat for a brand new, independent band. However, the members of The Hello Darlins are hardly newcomers to the Americana scene, as shown by each member’s extensive resume.
The concept of The Hello Darlins first took shape back in 2016 when Calgary-based Candace Lacina and keyboardist Mike Little (also known as MFL), crossed paths again after first meeting at a recording studio six years earlier. Upon reconnecting, they soon found themselves making music together in between their work with other artists, an impressive list that ranges from Shania Twain to Charlie Major, The Road Hammers to George Canyon as well as the late B.B. King.
Through The Hello Darlins, Lacina and Little, along with a powerhouse supporting cast anchored by Winnipeg-based guitarist/producer Murray Pulver (Crash Test Dummies, Ariel Posen, The Bros. Landreth) combine all of their skills and influences to forge a hybrid of country, gospel and blues like no other.
It all adds up to what could be called a rootsier version of Broken Social Scene, with The Hello Darlins determined to add “North” to the Americana genre. Although the singles have so far offered a tantalizing glimpse of their musical vision, it will be fully revealed when Go By Feel will finally be available this spring.