Sultry cowboy-tangos to rousing gospel-tinged anthems, Megan Jerome’s spirit-lifting, soulful songs have earned CBC’s Best Bets and a Galaxie Rising Star Award. The exquisite Together Ensemble envelops Megan’s voice and 1962 Wurlitzer in a lush instrumentation of guitar (Fred Guignion), organ (Don Cummings) and drums (Mike Essoudry).
Megan Jerome Together Ensemble plays Irene’s Pub every Sunday in May! See you there!
In December, we released our newest album, Ooh, Aah!, to a full house at the National Arts Centre’s Fourth Stage. The release garnered substantial local media coverage, including a full, front-page feature in the Arts section of the Ottawa Citizen, as well as CBC airplay (Ottawa Morning and All in a Day), three interviews on CKCU radio, and a feature in the local music blog Bytown Sound.
We’re thrilled with the momentum we’ve built so far and are keen to keep building! To that end, we’d love to see you at this Irene’s Residency in May! Please come and please tell your friends! There might even be backup singers…!!
Read on for the story of ooh aah!…
Free-spirited and full of life, Megan Jerome has pulled together a beautiful new set of songs, ooh, aah! This is the sixth album for the Galaxie Rising Star Award Winner who is heard regularly on CBC and whose performance highlights include the Ottawa Jazz Festival, Ottawa Folk Festival, Ottawa Bluesfest and NYC’s Rockwood Music Hall. This will be the second album with her band, The Together Ensemble, whose first album earned Best Bet picks by The Ottawa Citizen and CBC News.
Effortlessly timeless, elegant and inviting, ooh, aah! is signature Megan Jerome. Drawing on vintage and contemporary styles she and the band have created a relaxed album to comfort and delight. Every song has a story to tell, from sultry cowboy-tangos like Candles, to the whispered campfire intimacy of The Way You Love Me Is As Big As The Moon, to the upbeat and sassy Lumières, Tortières, to the gospel-tinged Let It Come. What unites Megan’s songs is a passion for her craft and a pared-down quality that allows her clear, pure voice and message to shine through.
Holding the cosmos for her in the background, her exquisite band gives her all the space she needs. Each one a highly respected and talented musician in his own right, The Together Ensemble wraps Megan’s voice and 1962 Wurlitzer in a lush instrumentation of guitar (Fred Guignion), organ (Don Cummings) and drums (Mike Essoudry). Rebecca Campbell’s soaring background vocals are an extra special treat throughout the album. Tempos are deep and hypnotic, the dynamic range is wide, and the band envelops each song like a glowing malleable cloud. The effect is tangible and spiritual—the songs are at once orchestral and minimal, drawing from traditional gospel, jazz and meditative classical music.
A captivating performer, it’s in concert that Megan’s magic truly sparkles. Her shows are replete with rich layers and warm textures, and intimate and crystal clear. She is grounded and full of light and she loves to laugh, at herself most of all! Megan will make you feel right at home.
Deeply comforting and inspiring, ooh, aah! will lift your spirit and get you in the groove to unleash your own creative wild side as you sing F*ck It! out loud with the album’s closer, safe in the knowledge that as far as Megan Jerome is concerned, truly, Your Voice Is Love!