Nolan Hubbard’s debut album Luminosity is set for release on April 28. The video for the single Today was released today. It’s a moving and memorable lead-off single.
“Today just came to me one day and I wrote it in about an hour. It’s about going out and saying the things you wished to say and giving the people the unique message that only you have. Everybody has a voice, but sometimes people, including myself, feel at some point in their lives that they are not being heard. It’s a song of hope that encourages people to say what they feel and not be afraid to be themselves,” Hubbard said in his bio, adding that it also represents his willingness to put his ideas and emotions on the line by releasing a song and an album that is so authentically representative of him as an artist.
Luminosity was recorded in Nashville alongside top session players, and was produced by Canadian industry veteran Doug Romanow. The time spent in Music City USA proved to be edifying and en-couraging for Hubbard, as he felt both in awe of the surroundings but also emboldened by the ex-perience – awed by the significance of being one of the mecca’s of the music business, but also emboldened because he came to realize that he had what it took as a songwriter and player to hang with some of the world’s best.
“It was a culture shock for sure, but I learned so much from watching the way these guys worked in the studio. I also had a chance to write alongside some of these musicians and they really treated me as an equal and we wrote some amazing material, some of which made it onto Luminosity,” Hubbard said.
Now based in Hamilton, Ontario Hubbard was born and raised in the small eastern Ontario community of Gananoque, just east of Kingston, Hubbard grew up in a home immersed in music, particularly what might be called the modern Great Canadian Songbook.
“There was always music around the house, especially bands like Blue Rodeo, Great Big Sea and The Tragically Hip. And my dad was a real hard rock and classic rock guy, and I really followed in those footsteps,” he said.
“The common thing between all the music I loved as a kid was great playing, great lyrics and amazing melodies. Those are what I try to bring to my own songs; and honesty too. It’s important that my music be catchy and relatable because that’s what good songs are, I believe. Those are the songs that stand the test of time. I write songs that I think anyone can grab onto, but they’re infused with my own experiences and feelings.”
A regular on the southern Ontario club scene, Hubbard has played many of the top clubs in Toronto, and has already journeyed across the country on a self-booked, self-promoted tour that saw him play for audiences from Thunder Bay, through Winnipeg, Regina and Vancouver.
Luminosity is a game changer for Hubbard, as he’s stepped out with a confident and strong debut – a collection of songs that are accessible, compelling and which wind their way into people’s souls. It’s a debut album that will undoubtedly make music lovers, cultural tastemakers and the music industry feel good about the future of popular music in Canada.
To learn more about Nolan Hubbard and his debut album Luminosity , go to www.nolanhubbard.com and watch for an upcoming interview in Music Life Magazine!
In the meantime, check out Today:
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