Song Premiere: Gabrielle Shonk, “Both Sides Now” (Joni Mitchell cover)

Quebec indie-folk singer/songwriter Gabrielle Shonk releases her highly anticipated self-titled debut album on September 29 on Universal Music Canada. Although this is Shonk’s first record, she’s been writing songs since she was fourteen years old. The album was produced by Simon Pedneault at Wild Studio, La Strip, Planet Studios, and Studio Dandurand in Canada.

Gabrielle Shonk is the natural product of a creative household, raised by a blues-musician father and artist mother in Quebec City. She started singing at a very young age and began writing her own songs as a teenager, soulfully guided by favorites such as Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye, Joni Mitchell, and Tracy Chapman. Singing in both English and French, music quickly became Shonk’s universal language. Her musical craft took hold as she went on to study Jazz in University, where she later earned a degree in music. Shonk recently opened for fellow Canadian singer/songwriter Bobby Bazini as well as Rag N Bone Man, Hannah Georgas, Milky Chance and P!nk. This summer, she’s performed at Montreal Jazz Festival, Wayhome Festival, and is currently in the middle of a North American tour. See full list of tour dates below.

Today, Ghettoblaster has the pleasure of premiering her interpretation of one of her premiere influences. This is what she had to say about it:

“I love Joni Mitchell! She’s one of those really unique artists and amazing songwriters. I love everything about the song ‘Both Sides Now.’ The melody, the lyrics, the music, the different arrangements and interpretations she did throughout her career, etc. I’ve always felt a very deep and emotional connection to this song. Joni has a way of writing songs that make it through time and always feel so relevant. I had the pleasure of interpreting ‘Both Sides Now’ for the first time back when I was in university studying music. Although I had known the song for a while, going ahead and really learning it and singing it, deepened my connection to the lyrics of the song. I find it really sad and beautiful at the same time. It’s just one of those songs that really gets me every time I listen to it!”

(Catch Shonk live:

9/30: Labelle, Canada @ Chapelle du centre communautaire de Labelle       

10/20: Pont Rouge, Canada @ Moulin Marcoux       

10/21: Cowansville, Canada @ Église Emmanuel       

10/26: Ville Marie, Canada @ Theatre du Rift   

10/27: Ottawa Gatineau Metro Area, Canada @ La Basoche   

10/28: Laval, Canada @ Maison des Arts de Laval   

11/2: Drummondville, Canada @ Maison des Arts Drummondville       

11/3: Lavaltrie, Canada @ Café culturel de la Chasse-Galerie   

11/9: Victoriaville, Canada @ Cabaret Guy-Aubert   

11/16: Saint Jérôme, Canada @ Salle Antony-Lessard   

11/18:Sherbrooke, Canada @ Boquebière   

11/23: Sorel Tracy, Canada @ Salle Georges-Codling   

11/24: Alma, Canada @ La Boîte à Bleuets       

11/30: Ste Thérèse, Canada    @ Cabaret BMO       

12/1: Bécancour, Canada @ Moulin Michel de Gentilly       

12/14: Quebec, Canada @ Salle Octave-Crémazie   

12/16: Terrebonne, Canada @ Le Moulinet       

1/25/18: Saguenay, Canada @ Salle Pierrette-Gaudreault       

1/27/18: La Tuque, Canada @La Pécheresse       

2/2/18: Val Morin, Canada @    Théâtre du Marais       

2/3/18: Waterloo, Canada @ Maison de la Culture de Waterloo   

2/7/18: Rimouski, Canada @ Salle Desjardins-Telus   

2/8/18: Amqui, Canada @ Salle Jean-Cossette       

2/9/18: Gaspé, Canada @ Salle de Spetacles de Gaspé)