JJ WILDE JOINS FORCES WITH AWARD WINNING SINGER-SONGWRITER BILLY RAFFOUL
JUNO AWARD WINNING ROCK STAR JJ WILDE JOINS FORCES WITH AWARD WINNING SINGER-SONGWRITER BILLY RAFFOUL FOR “BORN TO DIE”, THEIR NEW EP
AVAILABLE 19th NOVEMBER 2022
UK TOUR FOR 2022
JJ WILDE & BILLY RAFFOUL PROMO PHOTO
JUNO-Award winning rock star JJ Wilde and SOCAN Award winning songwriter Billy Raffoulunveil the details of their three-track EP Born To Die, available November 19th via Black Box. Recorded at Hamilton’s Catherine North Studios, Born To Die channels the duets of Fleetwood Mac, The Civil Wars, Shovels & Rope and more, expertly showcasing the complimentary rock and roll stylings of each singer.
Of the EP, Raffoul explains, “These three songs have so much variety between them. ‘Born To Die’ is an anthemic rock song, while at the opposite end of the spectrum there’s ‘Colours,’ a soft autumn-themed track. Bridging the two is ‘Let Me Go,’ which is sonically powerful and gut-wrenching.”
Adds Wilde, “These are pretty emotional songs, in the best way. There are love songs and there’s heartache. We’re both big fans of rock and roll and you can hear it when we’re singing both separately and together on this EP.”
Raffoul and Wilde only recently met, connecting this past summer in Los Angeles; a chance opportunity in a city neither had seen since the onset of the pandemic. When the two got into a room together, the creative chemistry was immediate and it became one of the most natural, organic songwriting processes either have ever experienced. The title track ‘Born To Die’ – a declaration of endless love – was written in a matter of hours. Returning to Canada to record, the warm and inviting atmosphere of Catherine North Studios perfectly matched the close, conversational tone of the EP. Shares Wilde, “It was really cool to return to Catherine North, because that was where I recorded with my first band. It was very nostalgic to be back there and record music that was reminiscent of my roots.”
Born To Die is Wilde’s second release of 2021 and follows her critically acclaimed sophomore album Wilde, released May 14th. The Kitchener-born artist took home the 2021 JUNO Award for ‘Rock Album of the Year’ for her album Ruthless, while debut single ‘The Rush’ earned SOCAN’s Rock Music Award, and historically-marked Wilde as the first female artist to simultaneously hit #1 on all three Canadian rock charts, holding the slot for 10 weeks concurrently in addition to spending a whopping 21 weeks atop the Rock Big Picture chart. Not one to rest on her laurels, Wilde quickly followed with two more back-to-back #1’s with ‘Best Boy,’ and ‘Mercy,’ and with over 20-million global streams, an impressive North American touring history and significant radio play in North America and Europe including #1 hits in Canada and France, she has quickly established herself as one of the most important emergent voices in rock music.
No stranger to Canadian awards himself, Leamington’s Raffoul was recently presented with the 2021 SOCAN Songwriting Prize for his single ‘Western Skies’. Following in his father’s footsteps, Raffoul has been writing since the age of ten, and has amassed over 100-million global streams on his recent albums International Hotel and A Few More Hours at YYZ. With a flair for performance, Raffoul has captivated live audiences opening for acts like Kings of Leon, X Ambassadors and more.
JJ Wilde will be returning to the UK and Europe for her rescheduled tour dates in summer 2022.
You can see her at the following dates:
6th December – Paris, La Maroquinerie – Paris
30th May Het Depot – Leuven
31st May – MTC – Cologne
1st June – Paradiso – Amsterdam
6th June – Badehaus – Berlin
9th June – Nova Rock Festival – Nickelsdorf
10th June – Download Festival – Donington
14th June – The Lexington – London
“Born To Die” is out 19th November 2022 via Black Box