Burned-out mathematician turned indie-soul artist, Jeremy Voltz’s music is inspired by thinking deeply about the people in his life and what he’d love to have the courage to say to them. Reminiscent of Jeff Buckley, Hozier, and Stevie Wonder, he has a voice that is powerful and haunting, delivering hook-heavy melodies with universal, heartfelt lyrics.
Voltz is readying the release of his upcoming Toronto Arts Council-supported full-length, Weekender. Created with multi-JUNO-winning producer, Michael Wojewoda (Barenaked Ladies, Buffy Sainte-Marie), the album is due out October 22, 2021. From Motown-inspired soul tracks backed by a full band, three-part harmonies, and horns, to quiet promises of hope declared acoustically, Weekender features uplifting, energized conversations with the people in Voltz’s life.
The album includes lead single, “Like The Very First Time,” a lush, danceable love song to a memory of what once was. Voltz collaborated with Toronto-based soul and RnB producer, Beatchild, drawing lyrical inspiration from a favourite episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer to reflect on the feelings that come with leaving a good relationship behind.
Elsewhere on Weekender, Voltz explores ‘messy’ love with “Hold Me Up.” “It’s a thank you, an apology, and an “I love you” from someone who keeps screwing it all up,” he explains.
Written with Darryl James of The Strumbellas, “Hold Me Up” is melancholic yet sweet sounding, and finds Voltz drawn back to the emotions and stories that folk music pulls out of him as a writer. A signed artist with Hyvetown Music Publishing, Voltz has gained notoriety as a songwriter. His songs have been featured on national commercials, as well as on film, television, and radio, by companies such as Hallmark, TLC, the NFL, and CBC Radio. His Spotify-supported acoustic-folk anthem, “One Day at a Time,” has millions of worldwide listens and has won several songwriting awards. It also recently inspired a successful illustrated children’s book.
As a vocalist, Voltz has toured the UK, Italy, Japan, Mexico, as well as across the US and Canada. He has performed for huge crowds on some of Toronto’s greatest stages, including the Sony Centre, NXNE, Nathan Phillips Square, Koerner Hall, and live on the CBC at the Glenn Gould Studio. When not laying-down lush harmonies in a solo looping set or playing with his upbeat five-piece band, he keeps busy as a founding member of Toronto- based award-winning vocal ensemble, Countermeasure.
“All that matters in life is the people around us,” says Voltz. Weekender serves as a earnest thank you to his band and honours the joy of deep, personal connections with the individuals in his life. It was written to lift that loneliness that we have all been feeling recently and to celebrate life in all its complexity.
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