Debut Album Go By Feel out on June 11.
With their highly anticipated full-length debut album Go By Feel set to arrive on June 11 2021, The Hello Darlins are offering another preview with the single “Prayer For A Sparrow”, out March 12 on all digital platforms.
A gorgeous ballad sung by Darlins’ co-founder Candace Lacina, who said of the song:
“I believe humanity is becoming more understanding and compassionate. We’re experiencing a new beginning, and a renewed hope. Dolly Parton is an inspiration to me, and was for the creation of this song. The sparrow is the ultimate sign of a changing season and it feels like a good time for change.”
Co-founder Mike Little added:
“This song is about a familiar struggle that many young people face, particularly young women as they find a path to independence. ‘Prayer For A Sparrow’ is a plea for safety and resilience at a vulnerable time. It’s a prayer for my own daughter. Women are disproportionately affected by poverty, violence and exploitation and the sparrow represents a kind of vulnerability—but it’s also a symbol of protection, resilience and empowerment.”
Watch the brand-new video for “Prayer For A Sparrow”, premiered by Lyric this morning, here:
“Prayer For A Sparrow” follows on the heels of the band’s previous acclaimed singles “Aberdeen (ft. Joey Landreth),” “Catch That Train” and “Still Waters (ft. Matt Andersen),” which together have racked up over 350,000 Spotify streams to date. On top of that, The Hello Darlins are garnering widespread critical praise and have been featured at top roots music outlets including The Bluegrass Situation, American Songwriter, Maverick Magazine and Americana UK. An impressive feat for a brand new, independent band. However, the members of The Hello Darlins are hardly newcomers to the Americana scene, as shown by each member’s extensive resume.
The concept of The Hello Darlins first took shape back in 2016 when Calgary-based Candace Lacina and Mike Little (also known as MFL), crossed paths again after first meeting at a recording studio six years earlier. Upon reconnecting, they soon found themselves making music together in between their work with other artists, an impressive list that ranges from Shania Twain to Charlie Major, The Road Hammers to George Canyon as well as the late B.B. King.
Through The Hello Darlins, Lacina and Little, along with a powerhouse supporting cast anchored by Winnipeg-based guitarist/producer Murray Pulver (Crash Test Dummies, Ariel Posen, The Bros. Landreth) combine all of their skills and influences to forge a hybrid of country, gospel and blues like no other.
It all adds up to what could be called a rootsier version of Broken Social Scene, with The Hello Darlins determined to add “North” to the Americana genre. Although the singles have so far offered a tantalizing glimpse of their musical vision, it will be fully revealed when Go By Feel is finally available in June.
The Hello Darlins are:
Candace Lacina – vocals
Mike Little – keys and production
Murray Pulver – guitar, background vocals and production
Russel Broom – guitar (Jann Arden, Tom Cochrane, Colin James)
Matt Kelly – pedal steel (City and Colour, Pink, Ben Rogers, The Deep Dark Woods)
Mike Lent – bass (Jann Arden, k.d. lang, David Foster, Shania Twain, Sarah McLachlan)
Flavio Cirillo – drums (Dallas Smith, Bif Naked, Hail The Villain)
Loree MacDonald – background vocals