“By himself, with a band, or as a duo, Royal Wood is one of the strongest contemporary pop-folk singers that there is.”
NPR: Mountain Stage
Singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer Royal Wood has established himself as a true musical talent. Royal ceaselessly continues to evolve and hone his musical craft ‘” earning multiple JUNO Award nominations and the title of iTunes ‘Songwriter of the Year’ along the way. Jumping between guitar, piano and ukulele, Royal ‘brings class and craft to his pop-rock stylings, delivering them with a rich and resonant voice’ (CBC Music). Royal’s latest release, Ever After the Farewell, is an ode to the classic styles of both Tin Pan Alley and Laurel Canyon. The album was influenced by the loss of his father and meeting the love of his life ‘” both in the course of a single year. That journey gave a new meaning to Royal’s career, where creativity and performance will continue to shine and cultivate his trajectory, no matter where it leads. As the JUNO nomination committee says, Royal ‘continues to win each fan through the intimate connection only a truly great songwriter can make with his audience.’
In her poem, “Fall, Leaves, Fall”, nineteenth century gothic author Ms. Emily Bronte warmly welcomes Autumn and the looming winter ahead. She saw poetry in the changing seasons and beauty in the shortening days. It is this irony that inspired lead singer/songwriter Teri Bracken in the creation of Bronte Fall. Bracken, too, aims to embrace the changing seasons of her life, and express as much through her art.
For Bracken, Brontë Fall alludes to her personal journey all the way back to when it first began. A Chicago native, Bracken moved to Boston as the leaves were falling down on the city. She was taking classical violin lessons in Harvard Square and would spend evenings wandering its crooked cobblestone streets. There, she would visit the folk clubs and cafes, absorbing all the music and conversation around her. Bracken’s love for travel and adventure brought her journey to Nashville, New York, and other American cities where she explored various relationships and musical genres. It was through these experiences—both personal and musical—that she found her own voice. In her youth, Bracken’s musical euphoria combined both an edgy rock singer and orchestral violin player. Then, for a long while, Bracken craved the rawness of Americana roots music and aching beauty of a traditional fiddle tune. When she fell in love with the craft of songwriting, Pop music took hold of her heart. Thus, she found the avenue through which to tell her story.
Brontë Fall got its start in the winter of 2015. Beginning as a mere writing project with a friend from Berklee School of Music, Brontë Fall quickly bloomed into a fully equipped band, performing their first show in Bracken’s home city of Chicago in the spring of 2015. At the core of this project is collaboration, as Bracken has always been drawn to the team aesthetic in any musical setting.
Outspokenly feminine and reminiscent of three of the first bold women who dared to have a voice, Brontë Fall aims to do what all art strives for—tell the truth. Like Ms. Emily Brontë, Brontë Fall is unedited and honest, modern and, at times, impolite. The songs are a testament to resiliency and survival, which make us most human after all. Brontë Fall’s debut album, Silhouette Dances, allows all of the influences of Bracken’s personal journey to seep through as she continues to pursue this adventure of music & life.