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Driven

by Harmony Parent

Each song from the album walks you through a piece of the artist's life, as she writes catchy, accessible songs with astonishing lyrical depth.
Genre: Rock: Acoustic
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1. Drive
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2. Relax
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3. Another Lifetime
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4. Winds of Change
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5. Setting You Free
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6. I Just Want to Be Real
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7. Stand and Be Heard
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8. Pretend
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9. Scatterbrain
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10. Think if You're Rich
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11. Massive Damage
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
ABOUT THE ARTIST;
Born and raised in various towns and cities throughout Manitoba, Harmony Parent wrote and performed all the music featured on her debut album, Driven.
The album took only 25 hours to produce and Harmony recorded each song in just one to three takes.
These 11 songs are just a small sampling of what Harmony has to offer when it comes to her songwriting.
The album, Driven, was independently produced and completed in 2008.
She has since written dozens more songs and has many more catchy melodies that have yet to be developed into songs.
Having lived in over 2 dozen homes during her tumultuous childhood, Harmony experienced a youth that would typically lead most into a dark adulthood.
Horrific parental abuse.
An evil stepmother.
Abandonment.
Foster homes.
Winnipeg's North End.
Teenage pregnancy.
Many would use this as an excuse for not doing well in life. Not Harmony! She never fell into a life of crime or drug addiction like many of her foster siblings and the classmates she grew up with in Winnipeg's North End. She has always worked hard and has struggled her entire life to keep afloat. She was born with an unwavering determination and drive to do something important with her music, which is the reason she named her debut album "Driven."
Harmony has found a way to direct painful energy caused by her childhood into something that is positive, creative and beautiful ... her extraordinary music.

All the songs from Harmony's album, Driven, tell a story from her life...

My name is Harmony Parent. It truly is my real name. Harmony is my given name, Parent is my married name.
The Singing Mom...haha :)
Music brought my family together...it also tore it apart.
I grew up in two musical homes with both my mother and father being professional singer/musicians.
They divorced by the time I was 5.
For my father, music was his first love, the heart to his soul. My youth is filled with the memories of band practices in the garage and weekends with Grandma when the band had a booking. My father sang leads and harmonies, played guitar and bass, and was the hardest working musician I've ever met.
My mother was the most amazing talent, she sang and played guitar. For 26 incredible years she made a living as a one woman show.
Both were self -taught.

Now the thing I've learned about great musicians is...the most talented tend to be the most tortured, my parents being no exception.
Both suffered greatly in childhood. Abuse of all kinds, abandonment, alcoholism is a strong family trait, extreme poverty...they are just as damaged and broken as I am because of it.
It was tough being their kid.
The good times were so insanely good.
The bad times were so insanely bad.

My whole life growing up was moving. My father never could stay in one place too long. He flipped a lot of houses in our lives. We moved every six months to 2 years. I lost track after 8 different schools. That alone didn't make for much of a childhood.
I got bullied at school a lot in my youth, forever the new kid. I stopped bothering to even try to make friends in school.
I got bullied at home.
When I was 14, I was removed from my home by Child and Family Services and placed in foster care. The first year alone I was shuffled through 13 different foster homes.
At 17 I went to court with Child and Family Services and petitioned for my independence, which a Judge granted, and so I was released from foster care. I got my own apartment and was living independently, working at a gas station for minimum wage having dropped out of school.
I had a baby at 18 at that pretty much set the course for a few really high drama, severely life changing, "hindsight's 20/20" years.
At 19, I met my husband to be, father for my son...while I was working at the gas station. He was a 27 year old truck driver.
At the tender age of 21, I went back to school, earned my Class 1A, and started a career as a long haul truck driver.
I drove across Canada and the U.S.A., and the song Drive, puts my experiences from the highway into song.
After a year on the road seeing nothing but oncoming headlights, and exit signs to all the places I'd rather be, I applied for work closer to home and drove an end-dump and a water truck in Winnipeg.
When I was 22, I married my husband, and we moved our little family to the country, to a little town (less than 250 people) north of Winnipeg.
At 23, I became a school bus driver. I truly loved that job.
In 2002 we had our daughter, the Fire Horse.

On January 16th, 2003....I picked up a guitar and started teaching myself to play as I wrote my first song.
3 words.
Christmas. Family. Fight.
My father told me to pack up my family and leave.
I've never been back. Same stupid drunken fight...last time.
I only knew the chords D, G and A from a hundred years ago...I picked up the Harmony Flying V my mother gave me when I was 18, scrunched in the back of my closet with only 4 strings on it and wrote my first song. The Past Is Never Done (unrecorded).

From 2003-2008 I performed for various charity events and fundraisers in my local area, The Forks busker program in Winnipeg, as well as performed at Winnipeg's Centennial Concert Hall for a sold out crowd of over 2, 300 people at the 2005 NCI (Native Communications Inc) Jam for aboriginal and metis artists.

In February 2008, I started recording my album. This is how it came to be;
The night of February 19th, 2008, I sat on the plywood sub-floor of my living-room at about 2:30 in the morning and I cried out into the universe. I was in a really bad place and it doesn't matter anymore how/who got me there.
There are some of us who have had a moment where it's not a normal breakdown. This is the breakdown of all breakdowns, the adding up of circumstances, and you feel that cord from somewhere deep inside yourself snap. And something is permanently changed. Like a part of you has broken off...and you can never get it back.
I put a call out that night, into the universe, to that powers that be to feel my pain and realize I was at my end. As a stay-at-home Mom, I was out of money, exhausted by rejection, and broken in spirit by the lack of support.
I could no longer to go on in music and it felt as though I was dying right there on the floor with my husband and daughter sleeping only feet away in their beds.
Inside my body, it felt as though my heart was pounding a circle from through my chest, into my ears and head until it squeezed out of my face only to circle back into my chest with unbearable pressure over and over.
To have to give up music, it felt like my soul was ripping in half.
I asked for a sign.
And not some weenie lights flickering kind of sign. But a call you up on the telephone saying..."Do it!" kind of sign. I can remember speaking aloud and saying that nothing less than an absolutely clear sign would do as I was so confused. No sign at all, was as good as saying just quit.
Then on February 22nd, 2008 just three days later, I was granted a miracle.
Rob DePape telephoned me out of the blue - after years of being out of touch - to let me know if I'd ever like to record an album, he'd be happy to produce it for me.
STUNNED SILENCE
I started recording this album on Saturday, February 23rd, 2008.
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By June 2008, the album was finished...500 crisp, new, beautiful, jewel cased copies in my hands.
By July 2008...our lives crashed with the economy.
As Owner/Operators in the trucking industry, we lost it all.
Family, friends, business, home, vehicle...right down to the dog.
We were actually 3 days away from being homeless...with a 6 year old child.
I should have wrote blues...dut da da duh...
In a city with a less than 1% vacancy rate, we somehow found a place to rent 3 days before we were out on our asses.
Divine Intervention...Thank God.
Now we are working on dusting ourselves off and starting our lives over.
My dream is to afford to keep music a part of it.

Thank you for reading.
Thank you truly for your support and encouragement! :)


"I don't measure a man's success by how high he climbs but how high he bounces when he hits bottom."
-General George S. Patton

"Experience is a brutal teacher...but you learn, my God do you learn" -C.S.Lewis




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Lisa Filby

Janis Joplin
You're mother used to on request play me Janis Joplin and Bobby McGee. I would love to hear you do a remake of Bobby McGee. - Lisa Filby
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Lisa Filby

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Harmony is exceptionally talented. So glad to see her put an album out.
Cousin Lisa Miss You!
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Lisa Rae

janis joplin
No I didn't mean a remake of Janis Joplin no one can do that. I meant Your Version. And it was not on request.
It was after a night of babysitting and sitting around the table when my uncle and aunt got home. thanks again. lisa rae
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