Elyse Bruce - "Countdown to Midnight"
It could be said that Elyse Bruce was born to be in the music industry, realising at the impressionable age of two that she wanted to be a performer. Now as an adult, she approaches her work as a composer, arranger and educator with passion and sincerity.
The Canadian singer-songwriter and composer's new 12 track album "Countdown to Midnight" is a personal and diverse recording showcasing her unique talent as a songwriter. This is an album that spans genres whilst still maintaining an overall radio-friendly cohesion and beauty throughout. Songs like "Dans les feuilles" and "Autoroute" reveal the French influence in Elyse's writing and allows the listener further access to her diversity. Not content with just two languages or cultures, an evocative sense of a Native Indian ancestry is present in "Armistice Day" contrasting the gritty southern rock styling of "How Do I Begin". Of the 12 original songs written by Elyse, three were co-written with American artist Thomas D. Taylor.
The album was recorded with Tim Downs of Red Bicycle Studios in Peterborough, with Douglas Giesel at Elyse's home studio and with Gerry Dere of The Master Factory Studio.
The "Countdown to Midnight" CD is part of the "Midnight in Chicago" tourism and culture initiative, a project which aims to bring recognition to under recognized visual artists in their own communities as well as abroad while raising awareness and funds for Autism.
As the creator and leader of the project Elyse is a woman who fights hard in an ever homogenised creative industry, believing that, "the bona fide test is whether an artist can remain true to himself or herself." As well as devoting time to her music, Elyse is also a passionate promoter of Autism rights; autism being a condition affecting her son. To this end, Elyse is donating five dollars from every sale of "Countdown to Midnight" to autism organizations in the United States and Canada.
Elyse says of her advocacy: "It's evident in how I live life and in how I write my music. Nothing is ever wasted- no emotion, no situation, no challenge, and no gift. Everything provides me with a reason to ponder and to see things clearer than before."
"Countdown to Midnight" is a wonderfully interconnected album which allows the listener intimate access to a diverse recording artist. Elyse's ability to combine her passion for music with a significant purpose, gives this album an inspirational quality with serious weight.