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ROYAL WOOD

There are various explanations for the term ‘ghost light’ in relation to the world around us. There is the supernatural narrative – that every theatre has a ghost, and that when the light isn’t lit, the darkness provides a chance for the dead to haunt us. And then there is the Royal Wood version of GHOST LIGHT. The kind that lets someone truly shine from within– raw, honest and open…. and that’s why he has named his new record after this mythical glow.

“This album for me was a full return to writing and recording simply for the joy of creation – like when I was a kid. A true letting go and allowing,” says Royal. “I jumped around from instrument to instrument in the studio; playing piano and guitar solos, bass, keys, percussion, anything and everything I could get my hands on.” In fact, Royal played on almost 90% of the record, with a few artists like Hannah Georgas and Felicity Williams (Bahamas) adding their special blend of talents along the way. It was recorded in both Los Angeles and Toronto, with Bill Lefler and Royal at the production helm.

The result is an album that exudes raw emotion and emanates a feel of the songwriters of the sixties and seventies. Without modern day studio trickery like auto-tuning and digital perfection, the album is warm, inviting and completely forthright. “I felt like on this album, I snuffed out the external Ghost Lights, and allowed my internal light to glow instead,” says Royal, “this allowed the spirits of my past, present and future into the room to guide me along my artistic path.” The first single ‘Long Way Out’ exemplifies this definitive focus of the record. It’s gripping and melodic and screams with sincerity.


Singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer Royal Wood has established himself as a true musical talent. Since being proclaimed “Songwriter of the Year” by iTunes, Wood has continued to evolve and hone his musical craft – maintaining an unmistakable identity while uncovering and reinventing his sound.

Wood has two albums that have debuted in the Top 30, multiple JUNO nominations and a #1 added song at Hot AC radio. His songs have been heard on high profile sync placements like Grey’s Anatomy, and Private Practice.
Wood’s new album GHOST LIGHT, featuring the single “Long Way Out” is due out April 22, 2016 via Cadence Music Group/Universal.

GHOST LIGHT marks an immense change in his life and his artistic path, delivering more and more of a letting go to the forefront of his music. The record seizes his sincerest passion for creativity and imagination. It showcases a deeper understanding of where his journey began and where he wants to take it. GHOST LIGHT has given a new meaning to the path in Wood’s career, where unabashed creativity and performance will continue to shine and cultivate his trajectory – no matter where it leads.

ACCOLADES
  • 15 Finalist in “International Songwriting Competition” with “Forever and Ever”
  • 2014 No 1 added single HOT AC Radio – “Forever and Ever”
  • 2014 Album “Burning Bright” debuted in the Canadian Top 30
  • 2014 CBC Music Awards Nomination – Album of the Year
  • 2013 Juno Nomination – Adult Alternative Album of the Year
  • 2013 Finalist in “International Songwriting Competition” with “I Want Your Love”
  • 2012 Album “We Were Born To Glory” debuted in the Canadian Top 25
  • 2011 Juno Nomination – Songwriter of the Year
  • 2010 CBC Radio 2 – Top album 2010
  • 2010 ITunes – Rewind Top Pop Single Pick
  • 2010 ITunes – Rewind Top Pop Album Pick
  • 2008 iTunes – Songwriter of the Year Pick
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