“Erin Costelo has one of those voices — striking, powerful and full of depth and range — not unlike that of Alabama Shakes’ Brittany Howard or the legendary Mavis Staples” – Exclaim Magazine
“…Costelo offers a unique sound with soothing, soulful vocals.” – Glide Magazine
Soul singer Erin Costelo will release her second full-length, SWEET MARIE, on November 2nd on Compass Records. The 10-song album was recorded in 10 days in a timber-frame home on the ocean in Little Harbour, Nova Scotia. SWEET MARIE finds the native Nova Scotian looking at a world and an industry that pushed her to the edge of ending her musical career – and finds her pushing back. Pulsing with a confident and cathartic energy, her incredible voice, drawing comparisons to such icons as Nina Simone and Carole King, soars even as her songs dive deep. The making of SWEET MARIE is also the subject of a new documentary directed by Juno-award winning, songwriter-turned-filmmaker, Amelia Curran.
Costelo has assembled an ace group of Canadian players for the album, including Glenn Milchem on drums (Blue Rodeo), Anna Ruddick on bass (Randy Bachman), Leith Fleming-Smith on organ (Matt Mays, Hawksley Workman) and her long-time partner, Clive MacNutt, on guitar. Taking inspiration from sources as varied as Ryan Adams and Randy Newman, Costelo delivers a genre-defying batch of songs that sound at once timeless, timely and completely fresh.
Her 2016 release, DOWN BELOW, THE STATUS QUO, was nominated for a total of 12 awards in her home on the East Coast of Canada including a win for Solo Recording of the Year and Producer of the Year, making her the first woman to receive the prestigious award. Costelo has had the opportunity to open for acts such as Mavis Staples, Dr. John, Bettye Lavette and with Levon Helm’s Midnight Ramble Band and will be starting an extensive North American tour on October 19th in Toronto.