Azalea @ the Station – March 15
Cute and cuddly yet deep and complex, Azalea are bringing their uniquely beautiful home-brewed alt-country folkpop music to Brantford!
Getting to know Azalea’s music is getting to know Benjamin & Mia Hackett, the husband & wife duo from Hamilton, Ontario. The way their voices blend together in song is a beautiful picture of how they come together in life. Before meeting one another, Benjamin & Mia worked hard at their craft but there was an element missing. It only took one songwriting session together to discover that they were in fact missing each other. Apart, their efforts fell short of what they had hoped to express musically, but together their sound blossomed into something beautiful, the sound now known as Azalea.
Their performances feature a beautiful blend of intimate & reflective pieces, and upbeat numbers that feature exciting live looping. Their chemistry is undeniably adorable – Azalea’s “cute factor” has become a distinguishing feature that transcends their live performances and is echoed in their lyrics and musical arrangements.
For their latest release, “Inside Out”, Azalea has streamlined their folk-tinged pop sound and crafted songs that tug on your heart’s strings with haunting melodic & harmonic lines. Reminiscent of The Civil Wars, Ryan Adams, and Aimee Mann, “Inside Out” sheds light on Azalea’s Alt-Country side. Benjamin & Mia wrote, arranged, produced and recorded the album at their beloved “Sweet Dreams Recording Studio” in their Hamilton home.
Azalea’s 2010 release, “Coffee & Kisses EP, has been featured in many prominent music magazines and has had a great response from college radio across Ontario. The album was also nominated and placed in the top three finalists for Recording of the Year, Rock Recording of the Year, Instrumentalist of the Year, and Producer of the Year at the 2010 Durham Region Music Awards.
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