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Best of Points North: Cindy Church



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The Best of Points North continues this week as Peter revisits an interview with Cindy Church, one of the finest vocalists and song interpreters this country has produced in the last 30 years.

She first gained national recognition in the mid-to late eighties as a member of both the Great Western Orchestra and Ian Tyson’s Chinook Arch Riders and her vocals are heard on recordings by both Tyson and the GWO.

By the early nineties Church had begun recording solo projects for Stony Plain Records and before long she was juggling her solo career with tours and sessions with Sylvia Tyson, Colleen Peterson and Caitlin Hanford who banded together as Quartette. In 1994 Quartette won the Canadian Country Music Association's award for vocal collaboration of the year.

Church also moved her home base from the eastern slope of southern Alberta to Toronto and since relocating, her mantra has been collaboration.

Her vocals and songwriting skills have been front and centre on Quartette projects and as she settled into the Toronto scene, Church recorded a fabulous set of Hoagy Carmichael tunes with jazz masters Joe Sealy and George Koller titled The Nearness of You.

Her work as a member in the group Lunch at Allen’s, that finds her teamed with Murray MacLauchlan, Ian Thomas and Mark Jordan, has been well documented and received across the country.

In 2012 Church released another solo set and the album Sad Songs Make Me Happy is a welcome addition to a strong discography from the woman whom Ian Tyson described as “his favorite female singer in the land.”

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