By Adesuwa Okoyomon
VANCOUVER – “Every album is a learning experience. Recording a song is taking it to its final resting place. As soon as an album is done, I want to start working on the next one immediately,” says Vancouver singer/songwriter and producer JP Maurice. Maurice grew up playing the guitar, taking piano lessons, and singing in choirs and musical theatre. “As long as I have been able to talk, I have also been singing. My parents would listen to The Beatles, The Beach Boys, and The Everly Brothers, and I would sing along and try to pick out the harmonies.” His second album, Boys will be released on this spring and is a fitting follow-up to his first EP, Girls.
Boys was birthed in 2014 when Maurice was living in Toronto, and recorded over the summer of 2016. He worked with producer and engineer Russell Broom at Blue Light Studios. For Maurice “The Boys and Girls concept is mostly about duality. There’s balance and counterbalance to everything in life. It’s important to see all sides and when the lines get blurred that’s okay too.” The songs off his first full-length album, The Arborist were “a reaction to what I was going through at the time. I was in my late 20s and it was a very dark time for me. I was singing about heartbreak, dissatisfaction, poor decision-making, and angst. I’d like to think that I’m more mature now.” On Boys, he sings about “looking at the world [and] finding my place in it.”
Maurice, who describes his sound as pop noir or mom rock, has a gift for creating songs that transcend genres, moving seamlessly from pop to rock to alt-country, and back again. The newly released music video for his single “Go,” directed by Johnny Jansen, perfectly showcases his alt-country prowess and impressive vocals along with his niece doing cartwheels. It’s light-hearted, bubbly, and fun, and passes along a message that he hopes anyone who listens to his album receives: “Have fun, be nice, roll with the punches, don’t take yourself too seriously and love like no one has ever loved before.”
Fresh off CTV’s new show, The Launch, he is already working on a new album and hoping to embark on tours across Canada and Europe soon. Maurice is poised for a very big year.
JP Maurice performs at the Rickshaw Theatre on January 12.JP Maurice, Rickshaw Theatre