“Folk Diva” is an apt title for someone with a career that’s spanned over thirty years in the Canadian music business, from those very first coffee houses, to acclaim with the first superstar Canadian group, Fraser & DeBolt, to the large and small festivals that dot the Canadian summer landscape, to the smoky clubs and bars where singers ply their trade.
One could expect that Daisy DeBolt would have some stories to tell about her years in the business. Indeed, she’s got a million, and she tells them all in her songs, those tales of life in the sun and the darkness, of the pain and joy of survival, of the people and places that she has met and experienced. There’s nothing left to wonder about Daisy DeBolt’s music. She lays it all out there for all to hear and feel. There’s a whole lot of living and “lived” in a Daisy DeBolt performance.
That voice that can blast its way through the gloom, that can, soar, dip, and dive with the same emotional charge and excitement today as back in those early continent-hopping beginnings, has stunned audiences and critics alike. There isn’t a part of Canada that hasn’t felt the power of Daisy DeBolt’s music, from the wilds of the Rockies to the shining seas to the rugged Northern Ontario mining country to the flatland of the Manitoba prairie.
“Live Each Day With Soul”, another of critically acclaimed recordings (“I Can”, “ Just Mountain Songs”, “Soul Stalking”) fulfills a longtime dream of Daisy to work with some of Canada’s finest musicians. The record brings it all home for Daisy – gig with the best, sing as only she can, defy genre categorization just as she has done for years herself, and tell her mom finally that, yes, it was all “good enough for a jazz, mom”.