Charlotte Day Wilson - Keep Moving (Stone Woman Music): This Toronto-based R&B/soul singer/songwriter is not the most prolific of artists. Her upcoming album Alpha (out July 9) will actually be her first full-length release, but earlier EPs and collaborations with the likes of Daniel Caesar, River Tiber, BadBadNotGood, and, most recently, Mustafa, have established Wilson as a serious talent, one whose work has generated strong international acclaim.
She was recently nominated for the 2021 Juno Award for Traditional R&B/Soul Recording of the Year for her single Take Care of You, and Keep Moving is another advance single from Alpha. It showcases her signature understated but compellingly soulful delivery. She has impeccable phrasing, and this personal declaration of intent is gently mesmerising.
Wilson's talent as a songwriter was recognised when her song Work was nominated for the SOCAN Songwriting Prize in 2017, while her EP CDW was a longlisted nominee for the 2017 Polaris Music Prize. Wilson's video for Work, directed by Fantavious Fritz, won the 2018 Prism Prize, and the pair used the prize money to create a special grant program for emerging female video directors.
She was recently featured as the face of Spotify's inaugural EQUAL campaign playlist and appeared on an impressive billboard in downtown Toronto. We await more music with keen anticipation.
Publicity: Ken Beattie, Killbeat
Booking: Steven Himmelfarb, Feldman