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We Belong

by Ireland Godard

Here is the first song I wrote and recorded. This one is love story about two people that want to be together but have many obstacles to overcome but in the end no matter what happens they, or should I say "We Belong". Enjoy!
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Album Notes
Vocals: Ireland Godard

Backup Vocals & Electric Guitar: Sarah Smith

Bass: Ken Ross

Drums & shakers: Bobby Reynolds

Acoustic Guitar: Christopher Lee Godard

Produced & Engineered by: Michael McKyes "The Grove Productions"

Mastered by: Siegfried Meier, "Beach Road Studios"


TIMMINS - From shy and quiet, to singing for the world, a lot has changed in the last eight years for Ireland Godard.

She is now getting ready to head to the studio to produce her first single and is already planning on releasing a full album for next year.

The 13-year-old student from Timmins, Ontario was born in Kapuskasing, Ontario and remembers music always being played in the house.

“I was always a quiet kid, but I remember dancing and singing around the house,” Godard said. “I can even remember a time when I was about five and started putting on little shows for my dad with my sister Schyler and best friend Mika (Larabie). At that time it was just fun to do in the privacy of my own home ... never in public.”

In 2010 Godard moved to Timmins and said from there music took on a new life for her.

“I live with my father Christopher Lee Godard, step mother Renee Dusseault, three stepsisters: Mackenzi, Kaidance and Madison and my one biological sister, Schyler Raye Godard, comes every other weekend,” said Miss Godard.

“I think the first time I actually started taking an interest in singing to entertain people was in 2010 when Mackenzi and I entered a talent show called Timmins Got Talent. We put two numbers together in three hours and won second place. So that’s probably the first time I got over my stage fright.”

She can remember being so nervous, she meant to pull the mic away but ended up putting it in front of her mouth and saying “I’m scared” into it in front of everyone.

That incident did little to deter Godard, who continues to join her sister in performances at fall fairs and is now ready to move forward.

“Music is the one thing that helps me though life,” she explained. “I want to have a positive influence on my generation, because I think a lot of kids could use a boost in confidence and self worth. I think seeing people my age go through so much and still being happy because of the music they listen to was one of the biggest influences that made me want to start.

“Music makes me feel better when I’m sad or mad ... and I want to make people feel like that someday.”

Well, someday has arrived and Godard will be going to The Grove Productions in Sarnia on Nov. 25, aiming for the single's release to be Dec. 14, on iTunes.

“I write my own music, in fact I spend a lot of time writing and playing guitar,” she added. “I am looking forward to working with producer, singer-songwriter, and co-founder of the great Canadian rock band The Joys, Mike McKyes, and singer-songwriter, recording artist and former singer of The Joys, Sarah Smith, and former bassist of The Joys, Ken Ross, who both toured Canada, as well as the U.S.”

Godard said although she is excited, she is still kind of in shock at how fast all of this is happening.

“It all happened when I was writing music in my room. I guess my dad heard me and listened though the vent that leads to his room and liked the song,” she said with a chuckle. “So behind my back he decided to make some calls and now, here I am, on my way to a studio to record my own music.

“I never expected any of this to happen. I usually keep all of my music on lockdown, for my ears only, but I guess I won’t be doing that anymore.”

Chris Godard, Ireland’s father, said he is very proud of her accomplishments and for her to pursue her dream.

“I always reminded Ireland to learn new songs so she could have a catalogue of music to play. The studio thing was all by accident and by me eavesdropping,” he said. “I heard her playing through the vents and as usual I was like 'hmm a new cover song.' As I listened to it longer I didn’t recognize the melody or lyrics, so I got out and stuck my head against the floor vent and my jaw dropped.

“I went downstairs to listen closer and definitely realized that it was not from a recording artist. I knocked at her door and asked if this one was an original? I believe in her music so much that I was on the Internet looking for a studio I contacted an old friend of mine, singer-songwriter, recording artist Sarah Smith.”

Ireland said if she can have a positive impact on people and make them happy with her music, she has accomplished a huge goal.

“If all goes well, I hope to at least have a few fans so that I can still continue to do what I love. But most of all, I hope to get my message through to kids,” said Godard. “That message is: People should be able to be themselves without being judged for it. Telling someone what to be and what not to be is wrong. In my mind, whether you’re gay or straight, you are not skinny, you have different clothing or music tastes, you have different religious beliefs, or anything that makes you different, it is not, nor will it ever be, OK for people to judge and bully you for what you are or what you want to be.”

As for her musical inspirations, she likes One Direction, and 5 Seconds of Summer. Godard added that Sarah Smith is another great inspiration.

“My father is really the one who inspires me the most,” she said. “He’s been through a lot and is still able to be there for me and support me in everything. He’s also a very talented musician. He wrote a song for Schyler and I when we were young; I think that’s the one thing that started it all. Every time it was played, I was brought to tears because of how much it meant to us.”

Smith got involved with the project of her own accord.

“I was very touched by this story, and wanted to help in any way possible,” Smith said. “I believe that Ireland has some true talent! Her voice is edgy, but still sweet enough to tell her age. He words are introspective and clever. I think this is going to be such a fun project to work on!”

They are expecting the song to be ready for iTunes and other music sites before Christmas. If all goes well they are expecting a full CD release by late spring/early summer, and hopefully a CD release party.

“I knew she had talent, but never knew she had this hidden talent,” her father said. “I’ve been blessed with two very talented daughters: Ireland Brooke Godard who I can see playing on the big stage in the future as well as expanding her horizons in the music industry, and Schyler Raye Godard, an outstanding hockey player who I can see playing for Team Canada one day, or breaking all gender barriers in the NHL.”


Local girl’s song to be backed by professionals

Sarah Smith, a London, Ontario native, earned national recognition with her rock band The Joys, who achieved certified GOLD status, charted nationally on College Radio in 2009 & 2010 and won Best Rock Act at the Jack Richardson Music Awards, also in 2010. Their music has saturated the industry through licensing to Sony Playstation, Teletoon, Majority Rules, CAKE the movie starring Heather Graham, and the OUT TV show, Chris & John’s Road Trip. She enjoyed immediate success as a solo artist, claiming awards for Best Singer/Songwriter in 2009 and 2010 at the London Music Awards, Fan Favourite at the 2012 Jack Richardson Music Awards and was host of the Jack Richardson Music Awards in 2011. Also in 2012, Sarah won a radio contest, which then pushed her into Canadian radio fame. Just recently, Sarah was “discovered” by a German Producer, Pat Anthony (Usher, Black Eyed Peas) who flew her to Germany to write and record songs for her upcoming album (release date 2014).

Ken Ross, AKA Ken the Zen, is a song writer/musician who was born and raised in London. While presently working on a solo EP, he is also performing at solo shows across the nation, and playing bass guitar in Sarah Smith's trio and full band roster. (Ken and Sarah have a long history together; he was also a member of the Joys.

Also contributing to Ireland’s journey will be producer Mike McKyes (also a former guitarist for The Joys) and drummer Bobby Reynolds.

“Ken and Bobby are incredibly talented, sought-after musicians who work hard to make music a priority in their lives,” stated Ms Smith. “I feel that Ken and Bobby go the extra mile for music and are both driven and passionate about playing and creating music. They are hard workers, talented musicians, brilliant thinkers, sensitive feelers, and they uplift my soul. My friend, Mike McKyes, is a talented producer and has his own studio, The Grove Productions. I thought that Mike would be the best producer for this job. He's great with arranging music and building song structures. The music coming out of his studio is top-notch. I thought he would be the perfect fit to help with Irelands' recordings.”



Written by: Tanja Paquette

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