‘When I heard the album, I felt fulfilled. I felt represented'
TRURO - Charlie A'Court can't imagine kicking off his new album anywhere other than his home.
The McCallum Settlement native is launching his latest studio album, Triumph & Disaster, tomorrow night at the Marigold Cultural Centre.
"It's the natural thing to do," A'Court said about releasing his album in Truro. "I'm really excited that the Marigold gets to kick this off."
Triumph & Disaster comes six years after Bring On The Storm, and A'Court couldn't be happier with how it turned out.
"I've done a lot of stuff in the past six years, including releasing three live recordings. When you're getting ready for the studio, you have to make sure you're good to go when you hit that big red (record) button. I'm really proud of what came out of our recording sessions."
A'Court has a number of musicians joining him on the record - those that continuously perform with him.
"I'm really proud they did what they did with this. They made a huge difference on the chemistry of the songs and the caliber that they brought with them. They took strong songs and put them over the top and I can't ask for anything more. When I heard the album, I felt fulfilled. I felt represented, and I think the music on this album is the music that people enjoy the most from me when they come out to my shows."
To help fund the album, A'Court launched a campaign on PledgeMusic that allowed friends, family and fans to make monetary pledges. In return, they would get a specific ‘gift' from the amount of their pledge. A portion of all pledges also went to Feed Nova Scotia.
"The campaign was awesome and went really well. In the end, I was at 168 per cent of my target."
A'Court said the campaign was "win-win-win," with many people benefiting from it.
"The fans were able to connect with a number of exclusives. I'm still honouring pledges. I have 12 left to fulfill."
One of the pledges available through the campaign was to have A'Court sing two songs at a wedding.
"I sang at their actual ceremony," he said of a couple that married at Pier 21 a few weeks ago. "I sang the bridesmaids down the aisle and while they were signing the registry. It was cool."
One of the most popular packages included people having their names on the album's liner notes.
"That one went over really well."
By the time the campaign finished, $800 was going to Feed Nova Scotia, an organization that A'Court says he personally donates to every year.
"The money from the campaign was way more than I would have personally been able to pledge, but it was the goodwill through awesome people that gave Feed Nova Scotia a fantastic little boost."
With his CD release concert beginning at 7:30 p.m., A'Court said the audience is in for a "very dynamic show."
"It will be an emotional rollercoaster for the audience and I make no apologies for the sentiments of the tunes. They will involve a certain amount of emotion and personal perspective, and I think people have come to expect that at a Charlie A'Court show."
Tickets are still available for the show and can be purchased at the Marigold box office or by calling 897-4004.
IF YOU GO
WHO: Charlie A'Court
WHAT: CD release concert for Triumph & Disaster
WHEN: Sept. 28, 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: Marigold Cultural Centre, Truro