advertisement
FYI

Walk Off The Earth: Mike's Song

The Burlington, ON, hitmakers are still mourning the death of keyboardist, Mike “Beard Guy” Taylor. This new tune is a touching tribute to their comrade, one that is simultaneously sad and stirring.

Walk Off The Earth: Mike's Song

By Kerry Doole

Walk Off The Earth - Mike’s Song (Red Music): The Burlington, ON, hitmakers were rocked to the core last December with the sudden death of their keyboardist, Mike “Beard Guy” Taylor. The group has decided to carry on and now remembers their late comrade with a unique tribute tune.


In a press release,  the band says, “Some of the strongest connections in our lives have been those forged through music. The connection we all had with Mike was a shining example of that. He was an incredible person that touched the lives of so many, and having the opportunity to commemorate his life and legacy with this song is an honour that we cherish greatly.”

advertisement

WOTE do Taylor's memory proud via a song that manages to be simultaneously sad and stirring. Male and female lead vocals are alternated atop swelling backing vocals, something of a group signature. The sadness is palpable on lines like "I know you'll always be with me, But I can’t shake the heartache," but is tempered by a resolution to carry on:  "Close your eyes, it’ll be fine, God only knows that I get by on you; It's all I can do."

After Taylor’s passing, the band organized a massive memorial in their hometown, featuring performances by members of Barenaked Ladies, Arkells, Scott Helman, Monster Truck, USS and more. This new tribute is one that WOTE's large fanbase around the world can take to heart.

Now operating as a quartet, Walk Off The Earth is currently in the midst of an extensive world tour. US dates will be followed by European shows in June and July, then more North American concerts.

Links

Website

Facebook

Twitter

Instagram

advertisement
Billboard Editorial Director Hannah Karp at CMW 2024
Grant W. Martin Photography Courtesy Canadian Music Week

Billboard Editorial Director Hannah Karp at CMW 2024

Media

The Best Advice from Billboard's Pitching to Media Panel at Canadian Music Week 2024

Billboard Editorial Director Hannah Karp moderated a panel that that included Billboard Canada editor Richard Trapunski, Red Umbrella P.R. owner Charlotte Thompson and Pure Country Radio Director Dayna Bourgoin. This was their best advice for upstart musicians and publicists looking for coverage.

Billboard hosted a panel on pitching to media at Canadian Music Week 2024.

The panel was moderated by Billboard’s Editorial Director Hannah Karp and featured members of multiple sides of the industry coin, including Red Umbrella P.R.’s Owner and President Charlotte Thompson, Pure Country Radio’s National Music Director Dayna Bourgoin and Billboard Canada editor Richard Trapunski.

keep readingShow less
advertisement