Bonnie Ste-Croix | Here I Am

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Here I Am

by Bonnie Ste-Croix

"Her voice will stop you cold in your tracks..." and her distinctive fusion of Contemporary Folk and Indie Pop Ste-Croix has an instinctive ability to captivate audiences and "...definitely isn't afraid to simultaneously show her intense and comic sides on stage. And the audience falls in love.” F. Hughes. Vancouver Courier
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1. Here I Am
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2. Berry Point Road
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3. Stay
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4. These Dreams
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5. Eddy
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6. Crazy Life of Mine
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7. Blue
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8. Stars
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9. Another Day
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10. Falling
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11. Not Myself
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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'Here I Am' was created with award winning producer, Bill Buckingham and features the talent of Robbie Steinnegger, Geoff Hicks, Lee Oliphant and Sue Leonard. By far her strongest album yet, Here I Am offers a string of prolific yet accessible songs that re-define the Indie tradition and transcend its boundaries. Bonnie Ste-Croix has risen to the occasion and delivered yet another testament to her propensity for her art, and created a work, that will inevitably become her trademark. The first sneak preview reviews on the new album offered:
“The Gaspé, Québec native possesses the songwriting prowess of storytellers Dar Williams, Shawn Colvin and Tom Waits, with an immediately recognizable, smoky voice that fluctuates between a sensual bluesy Bessie Smith, an assertive country-tinged Mary Chapin Carpenter, and a heartfelt acoustic rocker Sarah McLachlan.” B.L. Whitehall, Entertainment, Xtra West.
"Produced by Vancouver's Bill Buckingham and featuring some of our best players, this is a rich amalgam of writing styles from a fine singer (with)…songs like 'Berry Point Road" showing loving attention to craft." John McLaughlin, Vancouver Province


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Manon

Here I am
très bon album...un peu cher avec la poste et les frais ...mais cela en valait la peine

Merci!

Lise Lambert

Here I Am
She has the voice of an angel.

A. Hanson

Here I Am
I would have rated it a 5 except you did not have another tune : 'You Are The Reason' which is likely on one of your other albums. Cross between Blues & Folk Music which makes for an interesting Listen.

Chris MacMinn

"Fits like a favourite pair of old blue jeans..."
When I first heard a few of these songs on Bonnie's myspace page I IMMEDIATELY bought this CD - and I wasn't disappointed.
Bonnie's voice is powerful, tender and plaintive. The lyrics are thoughful and evocative and the instrumentation masterful.
All the songs are excellent and several of them masterpieces - Here I Am, Stay, These Dreams, Blue, Falling, Not Myself...
Click the buy button now - you'll thank yourself!

John Book, Music For America

Here I Am is easily one of the best albums of 2007, period
If you've made it through this point in the column so far, you will notice that there's a lot of Canadian music being reviewed. Let's add another by a woman who has been making music since the early 90's, but was unfamiliar to my ears until recently. I will have to say this, the reason by Bonnie Ste. Croix has been around for so long is due to how moving and powerful her music and voice is. Here I Am (self-released) may become one of my favorite albums for a few reasons.

Her voice is very moving in the Sarah McLachlan sense, but that was a first impression. As one takes a more intense listen to her music, one gets a better impression of her as a singer, and perhaps as a person. When the album begins with the title track, the listener is off for a ride that is a joy to be a part of. She's a woman who doesn't like to stay around in one musical place at any given time, one song may be awash in lush keyboards, another may have crispy beats sampled and looped while a mandolin and slide guitar dance with each other, other times she may reach for the heartstrings with a country song, as she does in "Stay". Then she'll turn around and head towards the darker depths of electronica in "Another Day", and that's the exception to the rule, most of her music is rootsy and organic Even when she does go electronic or does a song that may display a bit of Pink Floyd's "Welcome To The Machine" in the shadows, her voice remains the same in any texture, sounding comfortable in each one. There's a confidence in her voice that is very warm, and while she may reveal lyrics that touch on uncertainty and fear, Here I Am proves that this is her on her own path, walking down fearlessly.