Ottawa’s Kathleen Edwards says she’s heading to the studio to work on a new record

Kathleen Edwards is headed back into the studio.

Five years after stepping aside from the music business, Ottawa’s Kathleen Edwards has announced that she’s headed to Nashville to record a new album.

The singer-songwriter stepped aside from full-time music making saying she was burned out and suffering from a mood disorder. She opened Quitters Cafe in Stittsville and started serving coffee instead.

Quitters today is a thriving business and in recent years Edwards has been performing in public occasionally. Now she is getting back into the studio some five years after the release of her last CD Voyageur.

“I leave in 5 days to start making a new album,” she tweeted earlier this week. “‘I’m so excited for you!’, ‘How amazing’ is what I’m hearing from friends and family. And they’re very kind and supportive. But I’m peaking out on the anxiety meter. Big time. And that’s how mental health rears its ugly head.” she posted on her Twitter account earlier this week.

And she later tweeted: ‘Signing a record deal via DocuSign is infinitely less cool than on the hood of a car. But still. Signed a … record deal today.”

She also has emerged as a co-writer on a song on the new release by country singer Maren Morris.

Rolling Stone magazine had this to say about the tune Good Woman.

“One of the more unexpected co-writes on the album, Good Woman pairs Morris with Kacey Musgraves’ Grammy-winning producer Ian Fitchuk and underground alt-country favourite Kathleen Edwards. The result is an understated ballad laced with Hollywood movie-score strings and a pledge of spousal support.”

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Peter Robb began his connection with the arts community in Ottawa in the mid-1980s when he was the administrator and public relations director of the Great Canadian Theatre Company. After a long career in journalism with the Ottawa Citizen where he served in a number of different posts he returned to the arts when he became the Citizen's arts editor.