Steeped in vintage sensibilities and powerful emotion, paired with her dreamy, delicate vocals, East Coast Music Award nominee Avery Dakin fuses old and new in her sultry, sun-kissed Pop/R&B music.
Hailing from Nova Scotia, Canada, Avery's soft-hearted, soulful accounts of life’s most intimate moments are both youthfully charming and reflective of an old, contemplative soul - playful, yet overflowing with emotion. Cushioned within lush, shimmering harmonies and bathing in soft sweetness, Avery’s music implores you to sway along to the sweet, earnest sounds of a woman in bloom.
A single review in UK publication Click Roll Boom calls Avery’s vocals “enchanting with an intoxicating purity and innocence”.
This musical sensitivity and care has earned Avery a nomination for "R&B/Soul Recording of the Year" from the 2024 East Coast Music Awards for her debut album "Bloom", nominations for "Best R&B Artist' and "Best Songwriter" in The Coast's Best-Of Halifax 2023 Awards, as well as features in international publications praising her music, and the opening slot for Caribou Run at the Lighthouse Arts Centre for Halifax Jazz Fest 2021.
"Bloom", a soothing, intimate meditation on growth and coming of age, is available on all streaming platforms now! Touching on themes of mental health, growing up, and freeing oneself from the past in search of a happier and healthier life, "Bloom" uplifts the spirit with Avery's sweet vocals, dreamy harmonic variation, and a sun-kissed, tender warmth in its tone and delivery.
Avery has also been releasing a series of music video projects within the latter part of 2023, into 2024. On New Year's Eve she shared her highly anticipated Bloom Visual Album - a 5-song continuous music video telling the story of the process of self-actualization and reflection before a new year.
The Bloom Visual Album is infused with quirk and camp, creatively lit, richly coloured, and thoughtfully choreographed, bringing a playfulness to her more serious and introspective songs. The visual album culminates in a jubilant night of celebration and music in community, followed by a solitary and peaceful period of reflection on the new year ahead.
In November, Avery and her band released a cover of Aretha Franklin's "Day Dreaming", recorded live off the floor to tape at Fang Recording in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. It captures the song’s dreamy warmth, and expresses jubilant appreciation and reverence for this beautiful and timeless music in a tribute to one of the greatest artists of all time.
And finally, Avery has just released a brand new video and cover of The Bee Gee’s classic tune “How Deep is Your Love” just in time for Valentine’s Day with fellow ECMA nominees and talented Nova Scotian musicians Jah’Mila, Lindsay Misiner, Lamar Ashe, Sam Reid, Alexander Meade, and Avery’s rhythm section - Matthew Schofield (drums), Henri Sangalang (bass). This, along with the rest of her video releases, can be found on Youtube!
Between performing solo and with her band, Avery works as a music teacher, composer, and arranger in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Avery Dakin's Bloom Visual Album follows Avery through her preparation for New Year's Eve - reflecting on old memories, imagining a better future, and working to free herself from the stories of the past that no longer serve her.
Touching on mental health, self-love, and the relationships that shape you, the Bloom Visual Album tells the story of hard won growth and soft-hearted personal reflection.
Creative Producer: Avery Dakin
Director: Halley Hellmich
Producer: Ben B Creelman
Director of Photography: Claire Fraser
Avery and her band cover Aretha Franklin's iconic "Day Dreaming" (1972), recorded live off the floor to tape at Fang Recording in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.
Filmed and edited by Matt LeBlanc
Produced and mixed by Ben Creelman
Additional recording by Alexander Meade
Mastering by Stephen J Paul, Moustache Mastering
Directed and edited by Avery Dakin, Matthew Schofield
Written and Performed by Avery Dakin
Produced and Mixed by Alex Meade
Mastered by Stephen J Paul, Moustache Mastering
Directed by Tim Mombourquette - Mombo Productions
Creative Direction by Avery Dakin
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