On Ramp Records
Release date 04-26-2011Never Be The Same, the sophomore album from 2010 CCMA Female Artist and Songwriter of the Year Victoria Banks, set for release to stores across Canada April 26th, is packed with energy and emotional depth. “This album is about strength, empowerment, healing and hope,” says Victoria. “Since my debut album came out, I’ve held trophies in my hands on national TV and mourned the loss of one of the most important people in my life. At its best, music is medicine; it lifts our spirits, shows us that we’re not alone and reminds us of what’s important in life. That’s my goal with this record.” Dubbed one of “the best songwriters in the business” by Nashville’s Music Row Magazine, Banks has written smash hit songs for country artists from Sara Evans to Johnny Reid and many more. She is a master of her craft as a songwriter, and this self-penned, self-produced album takes profound, significant lyrics, wraps them in the undeniable hookiness of Sheryl Crow and delivers them with the spiciness of Reba McEntire. From the fun uptempo rocker “Barefoot Girl” to the swampy murder ballad “Jackson” to the inspirational “Remember That,” (sung from the perspective of a woman who has escaped an abusive relationship) Never Be The Same takes listeners on an emotional journey with a collection of songs that digs deeply into life, articulating joy and pain in a way that is distinctly Victoria’s own. In a world where authenticity often takes a backseat to marketability, Victoria’s music is unique, a breath of fresh air that has earned her a place as one of the most respected singer-songwriters in the Canadian music industry.