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Ballad Artistry of Pat Lacroix

Ballad Artistry of Pat Lacroix

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~ Pat Lacroix

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About the Music: Creative life does not end at 40. In fact, it is my contention that with the passing of the years, with sifting through the stuff that life dishes out to us, music artists can bring new emotional understanding to their music. One really has to be of a certain age to understand the longing for things past and the regret for love lost in songs like, 'Once Upon a Time' and 'Where Do You Start'. I believe there is an audience over forty (maybe well over forty) who can relate to these lovely ballads; who understand and have, perhaps, lived the lyrics. It's all about the lyrics and music is, after all, the language of emotion. When I started planning this CD I wrote down a list of 40 of my favorite songs and discovered that 38 of them were ballads. So here I offer you 14 of the loveliest ballads I know. Songs I feel with my heart. I hope they have the same effect on you. Pat Music Bio: Pat Lacroix Pat began singing as a child. His mother and brother were both very musical, and so it was no surprise when Pat's studies found him pursuing a professional career in music. During high school Pat sang in his brother's band along with trumpeter Donny Clark. Post high school he attended Westlake College of Music in Hollywood CA where he sang with the Westlake Big Band and studied piano and voice. Gordon Lightfoot was also a student at Westlake at that time, and with two other young men they formed a vocal quartet that they dubbed the 'Four Winds'. They appeared on the 'Bobby Troupe' TV show and did some back up recording. After Westlake Pat spent a year traveling around England, Holland and Germany singing for his supper and doing TV work on AVRO Hilversum, Holland. Returning to Canada Pat landed in Halifax where as a soloist he had two weekly television series and broadcast nationally on the weekly 'Strings and Things' radio program. While in Halifax Pat met Denny Doherty (later of the 'Mamas and the Papas'.) Denny, Pat and Richard Byrne formed a folk trio they called the 'Halifax III'. Before leaving Halifax for greener pastures the trio did a 16-week TV series for CBC called Travelin' on Home. The next year or so was spent working the clubs in Montreal and Toronto as well as performing on such TV shows as 'Parade', 'Juliette' and 'The Tommy Ambrose Show'.The next move was to New York where the group landed a two year recording contract with Columbia's Epic Records. They recorded two LPs for Epic and toured extensively performing concerts all over North America. They also did TV appearances on 'The Mitch Miller', 'Merv Griffin' and 'The Mike Douglas' Shows and opened for Shelly Berman and later Bill Cosby. In 1963, The Halifax III were booked on a 30-day, 15 state bus tour called 'Hootenanny USA'. Also on the bill were Glen Yarborough of the 'Limelighters' and 'The Journeymen' with John Phillips. During this tour they had a run-in with the Ku Klux Klan after cancelling a concert in Jackson, Mississippi when it was discovered that the venue was segregated. The next day John F. Kennedy was assassinated and the tour moved out of the south and back to New York where they finished with a concert at Carnegie Hall. It was about that time that the advent of 'The Beatles' was effectively bringing down the curtain on the folk music trend and after one last engagement at the Imperial Room of the Royal York Hotel the group disbanded. Pat took up a career as a commercial photographer which has kept him occupied and in demand for the past many years. Sometime in the early 90s, with the encouragement of Frank Falco, his piano teacher, he returned to his first love;American Popular Standards, sung with a jazz feel. Pat's sensitive touch with this material is a welcome addition to the Canadian Jazz vocal scene. His annual performances for the 'Toronto Downtown Jazz Festival' are a testament to his enduring popularity, and the high esteem in which his fellow musicians and singers hold him. George Evans (vocalist)

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    Artist: Pat Lacroix
    Title: Ballad Artistry of Pat Lacroix
    Genre: Jazz
    Release Date: 11/8/2005
    Label: CD Baby
    Product Type: CD
    Catalog #: 5637426353
    UPC: 634479198243
    Item #: SRD919824
    This product is a special order

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