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Sleeping with ghosts, awakening to her potential
“On Sleep With Ghosts, Reinhart displays a maturity and eloquence that, while hinted at with previous recordings, is much more fully realized. Greater things lay in store for this phenomenal songwriter.” - Ken Kelly, Nor’easter Online
Saint John, New Brunswick-based artist Jaclyn Reinhart holds nothing back with a roots-rock style that blends her range of influences including Sheryl Crow and Donovan Woods and love of Americana icons such as Tom Petty and Grace Potter.
With two albums under her belt, she is ramping up for her third release, a five-song EP, Sleep With Ghosts, (fall 2021). Recorded with John McLaggan (Tomato/Tomato), this new record tells her story of healing, moving forward, and forgiveness as Reinhart steps away from her pop-rock style and brings an Americana sound to her new music.
This project started with Reinhart’s personal journey to healing. During this time, she was also introduced to co-writing when she was asked to be a part of the Canadian Song Challenge (2016) by Music/Musique NB. One of her mentors was Adyn Townes, a veteran of folk/pop music is with whom she wrote “Last Disaster”, an emotional song that shares an experience about leaving an abusive relationship and beginning the path to healing.
“The co-writing experience really helped serve as a way to expand on my strengths and really identify ways to improve connecting with people lyrically", says Reinhart.
At that point, Reinhart leaned into developing her songwriting craft and went on to attend Canada’s Music Incubator‘s Artist Entrepreneur program in Toronto (2018). During her time there she was immersed into the world of collaborating. This also led to a session at the SOCAN headquarters where she wrote “Sleep with Ghosts” with Tyler Lombard, which is the title track of the five-song EP.
Her debut five-song EP Favorite Mistakes was released in 2011, and the full-length album Adventures in 2016. Since then, she has been performing on stages across the Maritimes and in Toronto.
Formed in 2021 to support Jaclyn Reinhart’s EP “Sleep with Ghosts” they are a 4-piece Roots Rock band from Saint John, New Brunswick.
Songwriters Jaclyn Reinhart (solo artist) and Kortni Nicols (Lionsault), who have fronted bands in the past, soon realized that this combo of experienced artists was growing into this new entity. Jaclyn herself sings lead, backup vocals and plays rhythm guitar while bassist Kortni Nicols lights up the mic singing lead and backups with her powerhouse vocals and groovy bass lines! It was clear that these two leos would be soon sharing the role of lead vocals. Fueling the flame of this group is Andrew Mott (Math Class) on Drums/Percussion and delish guitar licks, keys and backup vocals by Sebastian Doucet (Hardly There).
They deliver songs with deep emotion, humorous stage banter, and impeccable attire that will make you want to spend all night with them.
For updates, you can follow the band on social media @theFireSigns on Facebook and @thefiresignsband Instagram!
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