An artist that has shared the stage with Sarah Harmer, Dan Mangan and Alanis Morisette, Marty Kolls released her first full-length solo album, ‘This Life,’ with a sold out show to her current London, Ontario audience, at the historical Aeolian Hall in February.
An east-coast girl and music graduate from The University of Western Ontario, she mesmerizes her audiences with voice, melody, and ample charm. She’s the music-lover who writes layered lyrics over quirky arrangements. “Marty Kolls is a revelation,” says the London Free Press’ Arts Editor, James Reaney.
Beginning her career at the age of thirteen, she has travelled and toured the world’s stages. Of her time on the road, Marty says: “This was truly the greatest education I’ve ever had as a performer. What I learned to love the most was the connection with the audiences.”
‘This Life’ brings the feel of an old traveling band filled with horns and cymbals. This bombast is coupled with soulful string sections on some of the album’s more sorrowful tracks.
While the title track came about from a Richard Linklater film, ‘Old Tired Road’ was inspired by the beauty of and old Highway in her home province of New Brunswick, and compels us to enjoy what comes from taking the back roads. As beautifully as Kolls does sing, the album voices the urge for many of us to just enjoy life.
Old Tired Road (3:17)
There is Nothing (4:52)
Free to Believe (3:49)
Doubtful Day (3:11)
Waiting For You (5:29)
All songs written and arranged by Marty Kolls. Produced by Simon Larochette at The Sugar Shack in London Ontario.