James Murdoch and Jay Sparrow met years ago at the beginning of their diverging musical careers. Although Murdoch had a pop singer-songwriter background and Sparrow leaned toward the punk rock vein, their paths often crossed as they traversed the globe on respective tours and music festivals.
James and Jay both garnered the attention of the Canadian music industry, media and music fans at large as they progressed and grew as songwriters.
They kept in contact with the intention of one day collaborating.
That day has come as they converge their styles into a new musical direction.
James and Jay spent 10 days in Nashville writing a concept album that culminated in a LIVE recording at The Arden Theatre in February, 2012.
Ironically, being in Nashville, motivated Murdoch and Sparrow to write about Canada.
“When you’re outside looking in, you gain a new perspective”, says Sparrow, speaking of the songwriting duo’s inspiration to write about their homeland.
The result is a collection of songs that follow the lives of two characters as they make their way across turn-of-the-century Canada through heartbreak, tragedy and love.
Murdoch & Sparrow weave heartfelt storytelling with beautiful, often haunting melodies, into a record that is distinctly, “Canadiana”.
“We really feel that this album is greater than the sum of its parts and we’re excited to send it out into the world.”, says Murdoch.
Murdoch & Sparrow release their album “DOMINION DAY”, in June 2012.