William Prince & Serena Ryder: Sing Me A Song
Two golden voices unite on a sweet and tender tune.
By Kerry Doole
William Prince & Serena Ryder: Sing Me A Song (Six Shooter Records): This brand new track pairs two of Canadian music's most recognisable and emotionally expressive voices. The two have collaborated previously, most notably when Ryder guested with Prince on his song The Spark at the 2021 Juno Awards.
They duet here, with lovely results on a sweet and tender tune. The pair trade lines and harmonise over minimal instrumentation, with Prince's resonant and slightly husky voice complementing Ryder's pure tones.
In a label press release, Prince describes the song this way: "The essence of Sing Me a Song lies in its simplicity and gentleness. Like an old recording from the days of young love’s first encounter. Or the new song of two lovers talking late into the night for the first time, fighting to stay awake for another of love’s encores. Those first revealing words ['sing me a song babe, the one you hear when you look into my soul'] making the connection real.
"Sing Me a Song is about communicating love between two individuals. The cohesiveness comes from one person being the instrument and the other being the voice. Honest and vulnerable, without rehearsal, the two lovers make music together in harmony. The song captures my friend Serena Ryder and I communicating through our most comfortable language: singing and playing music. Letting admiration, respect and love for another give life to humanity’s oldest story."
Prince and Ryder launched the song on Instagram on Friday, and, hopefully, radio will get on board with this sweet treat.
Indigenous roots singer/songwriter Prince won the 2020 SOCAN Songwriting Prize (for The Spark), and a 2017 Juno Award for Best Contemporary Roots Album for his debut record, Earthly Days. The highly-decorated Ryder has been one of the most successful Canadian artists of the past two decades. A multiple Juno winner, she has two gold and two platinum albums to her credit.
The dynamic duo co-headline a Massey Hall show, Apr 1. Tickets here.
Publicity: Emily Smart, Six Shooter
Management: Shauna de Cartier, Six Shooter
Booking agent: Jeremy Giacomin @ Paquin