Thursday, June 27, 2013

June 27: Canadian pop and Celtic music singer Aselin Debison is 23-years-old today.

Aselin Debison's home town is Glace Bay, Nova Scotia, Canada.  Despite her young age, Debison is a well-recognized performer around the world. Her career began when she was nine-years-old when she was asked to sing at a rally of protesting miners in her hometown.

Soon after this performance she began working on a Christmas album The Littlest Angel which was released in 2001. In 2002, she was spotted by Sony Classical president Peter Gelb at the East Coast Music Awards. Her debut album Sweet Is the Melody appeared that same year.

In October 2002, Debison was chosen to sing for Queen Elizabeth II at the Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto, Ontario, during her visit to Canada for her Jubilee celebration.

Debison sang with country music artist and Runrig vocalist Bruce Guthro on a CBC (and later a PBS) special entitled "Aselin Debison: Sweet Is the Melody.” She performed selections from her debut album and also classic Cape Breton Island songs, such as the Island's anthem. One track from  Sweet Is the Melody, Debison's cover of the distinctive Israel Kamakawiwo'ole medley arrangement "Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World," became popular in Korea and Japan.

Sweet is the Melody peaked at album number 10 on the Billboard charts and 55 on the authoritative Oricon pop charts in Japan. In Jan 2010, Debison's Asian success extended to Hong Kong, with Sweet as the Melody reaching number 60 on the KKBox Hong Kong classical album chart and the single "Moonlight Shadow" reaching number 46.

In March 2005 Debison released her second album, Bigger than Me, and the singles "Life" and "Faze" have been popular on light rock and pop radio. Whereas Debison's early recordings consisted of cover versions, for Bigger than Me she wrote the material herself with assistance from Dave Thomson (co-founder of teen pop band Wave) and producer Thomas "Tawgs" Salter who was a member of the 1990s Canadian rock band Dunk).

Her fourth album, Homeward Bound was released on her own label in 2010. It contains her single, "Close to You." Homeward Bound brings Aselin Debison and her sound back to her roots in folk based country tinged music.


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