Jenn Grant's Paradise opens into an expanded realm never before explored by the songwriter. Following Compostela's 2015 Juno nominations of Triple A Album Of The Year and Songwriter Of The Year, this latest adds to Grant's usual insight and intimacy a whole new dimension of wisdom. Songs unfold gradually, guided by her nuanced and soulful voice, mining a deepened honesty that touches upon balladry, R&B and electronic music along the way.
If her previous album was a window into an artist's psyche, this one is a front row seat for the symphonic beauty and pain of life from the sage perspective of someone who has lived through both extremes. With her poetry firmly intact and a powerful lyricism honed over a decade, Grant takes new chances and explores new approaches on Paradise. She upends her entire songwriting approach, investing two years of crafting and shaping.
"I wanted to explore new soundscapes," she says, describing how piano was the primary songwriting instrument. "I also thought about my singing much more. For some of these new songs, I decided to approach singing more like a whisper, to get a feel for its softness."
Grant reaches a shared emotional experience with these songs, and this homemade album provides both melodic beauty and sonic diversity. What results is a talented, experienced musician employing all her abilities to lengths never before heard.