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For the People in the Mean Time

by Ann Vriend

Telling poetic tales of the struggle of city life against the backdrop of explosive retro indie soul beats and harmonies- with Vriend's unmistakable voice guiding the way- this album will make you wanna dance and really listen all at the same time.
Genre: Urban/R&B: Retro-Soul
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Long Road
3:46 $0.99
2. A Need so Wide (You're the One)
3:37 $0.99
3. You Can Have Me
3:07 $0.99
4. Rush of Your Wings
3:09 $0.99
5. The Greatest Killer
3:12 $0.99
6. Wonder Why
3:28 $0.99
7. In the Way
2:34 $0.99
8. I Never Wrote You a Love Song
5:14 $0.99
9. Those Records
3:15 $0.99
10. Invisible
3:38 $0.99
11. Long Road II
3:49 $0.99
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Ann Vriend's new album, entitled "For The People In The Mean Time" tells tough tales of the struggle of inner city life against the backdrop of explosive indie soul beats and harmonies. Despite the subject matter "backed with heavy grooves For The People In The Mean Time is upbeat without forcing needless optimism" writes the Calgary Sun, adding "Vriend's voice is unmistakable, catching and powerful." Production-wise, "with all its dubs, loops, samples, creaks, quirks and squeaks [For The People In the Mean Time] creates a Bohemian approximation of a Motown record that would do Berry Gordy Jr. proud…. Overall, 'For the People in the Mean Time' is a stunning and (despite all the comparisons) original achievement" writes City Gigs, Edmonton.

Released March 11, 2014, a single from "For The People In The Mean Time," "Long Road" is already garnering commercial radio play across Canada, and its second track, "A Need So Wide," was recently placed in an upcoming Russian film. The album has garnered 4/5 stars in the Star Phoenix (Saskatoon) and Vriend's live show garnered 4/4 stars in Die Rheinpfalz during her April tour of Germany. Vriend's guest appearance on CBC's “Vinyl Cafe” with Stuart McLean aired in February 2014 in Canada and the U.S. and will be re-broadcast in upcoming months.

This past July Vriend won the Canadian nation-wide “She's the One” contest at the Ottawa Bluesfest in the solo category.   To quote Obscure Magazine: "With her soaring vocals, impressive songwriting ability, and  instrumental prowess, Vriend is truly an all-in-one package." She will tour Canada, Western Europe, Australia, and New Zealand in the next 12 months in support of her new album.

Edmonton based Ann Vriend (pronounced “Vreend”) was born in Vancouver, BC.  When her parents discovered their 3-year-old could play nursery songs on a Fisher Price xylophone, they encouraged her musical development by enrolling her in violin lessons.  At age nine, when Vriend sought to accompany herself as a songwriter, she took piano lessons from an elderly woman down the street who charged $5 per visit.  In high school, in order to be able to do submit her home-made recordings for a school project, Vriend was coerced into performing 3 of her compositions at the school talent show.  Accolades from her fellow students translated into projects with older students in bands, scholarships at music college, 1st place in a songwriting contest which paid for her debut album, interest from NYC record labels, and praise from critics and loyal fans around the world.

First, the voice: “Soulful, inspiring, brave and bluesy” (Rip It Up, Adelaide) with a “vocal range from vulnerable delicacy to blasts of soulful power” (Halifax Chronicle) Vriend's vocal sound has been described as an enchanting cross between the girly timbre of Dolly Parton and the blues-filled prowess of Aretha Franklin-- and as “almost confronting in its candour” by The Sydney Morning Herald. 

Besides this, Vriend's songs possess a natural knack for melody, garnering her hits on both independent and commercial radio stations -- including Gold rotation for her tune “Feelin' Fine” -- and have charted on college stations as far away as Germany and the Netherlands.

Without any publishing representation Vriend has been commissioned to write songs for organizations such as the Canadian Tourism Corporation and the Commonwealth Games, and her music has been featured in a U.S. DVD release of “Party of Five.”

After being invited by the Songwriters' Association of Canada to perform alongside Canadian songwriting heavyweights such as Marc Jordan and Dan Hill Hill invited Vriend to write with him. The result is many successful ongoing songwriting sessions and a song Vriend and Hill wrote together, entitled “The Greatest Killer,” which appears on “For The People In The Mean Time.” Hill is quoted as saying: "Ann Vriend is a brilliant songwriter, and equally gifted as a singer and piano player.  Her way of writing accessible and yet highly unique and authentic songs, is, in my opinion, unparalleled by any new singer/songwriter emerging in N. America today."

But at the core of Vriend's career is her live shows. Despite being an independent artist she has sold more than 14,000 albums off the stage. As a balance between her intensely performed songs, “Vriend is fantastic in concert – a very, very, funny woman that tends to belt out her songs in between her most entertaining comedic intervals” (A n E Vibe Magazine).  Her rapport with her audience can be heard on her live album, “Closer Encounters,” released in 2009. It is this connection that has sustained her career to this point, and she enjoys an avid and committed international fan base.

Stated forcefully by the Toronto Star: “Don't miss her.” (3.5/4 stars)



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