Feeling housebound and stymied by the pandemic, Red Deer singer Kayla Williams decided to capture those universal sentiments in a new song.
Stealing From My Youth is Williams’s response to the COVID-19 crisis and the holding pattern it’s created for virtually everyone.
“In many ways, not being able to live life ‘normally,’ being around friends and playing shows, felt like there were days being taken from me … like the pandemic was stealing from my youth,” explained Williams.
Given her love of golden oldies — “I always say I’m 30-something going on 70-something” — the singer/songwriter aimed to capture the free-loving, nostalgic spirit of an earlier time.
“There’s a lot of stress (now) and we’re all feeling a gamut of emotions, but there’s still goodness in the world and room for music,” said Williams, who hopes listeners are “comforted by the warm air of hope” in her ’70s-inspired song.
It was mostly recorded remotely.
“Spencer Cheyne (a Juno Award-winning producer from OCL studios in Calgary) and I worked online sending each other tracks back and forth for a couple months,” Williams recalled.
She had one day in the studio to record the vocals.
Stealing From My Youth, which also features bass player Justin Kudding and Johnny Summers on horns, will be available Friday for streaming on all digital platforms and for purchase through Bandcamp.
Williams plans to perform a live, sold-out show that night at Bo’s Bar and Stage, with opener Wyatt C. Louis — both distanced and behind Plexiglas.
As the featured singer/songwriter at the closing ceremonies of the 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, last year was certainly a memorable one for Williams.
But she also feels “incredibly lucky ” to have played at more live, outdoor shows in 2020 than any other year.
“Even though the music industry sits on edge and times are tough, I’m grateful for all of these opportunities …and now to have a sell-out release show is beyond me,” she said.