• GHOST LIGHT (2017)
     
    THE STORY

    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 out April 22, 2016 via Cadence Music Group/Universal in Canada and January 27, 2017 via Outside Music world wide.

    GHOST LIGHT marks an immense change is 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.

    CREDITS

    All music and lyrics by Royal Wood (SOCAN)

    Except “Long Way Out” and “Good To Be Young” by Royal Wood (SOCAN), Adrianne Gonzalez (Byaginc o.b.o. One Less Traveled Music ASCAP) and Garrison Starr (Radtown Music ASCAP o.b.o. One Less Traveled Music ASCAP).

    Strings arranged by Royal Wood.
    Horns arranged by Bryden Baird.
    Backing female vocals arranged by Felicity Williams.

    Musicians
    Royal Wood — vocals, acoustic guitars, electric guitars, nashville guitars, bass guitars, keyboards, pianos, organs, synths, percussion, handclaps
    Bill Lefer — drums, percussion, handclaps, keyboards, bass, synth

    Additional Musicians
    Hannah Georgas — vocals on “Til The Morning Comes”
    Dean Drouillard — additional electric guitar on “A World Between Us”
    Daniel Rhine — upright bass on “Dear Anna”
    Felicity Williams – vocals
    Carleigh Aikins – vocals
    Alanna Stuart – vocals
    Bryden Baird — trumpet Hugel horn,
    Perry White — baritone and tenor saxophone
    Drew Jurecka — violin
    Rebekah Wolkstein — violin
    Bethany Bergman — violin
    Amy Laing — cello
    Rachel Pomedi – cello


    Produced by Bill Lefler and Royal Wood
    Additional production on “Long Way Out and “Good To Be Young” by Tim Abraham.

    Recorded at Death Star Studios by Craig Frank Strings.
    Strings recorded by Drew Jurecka at Small Dog Sound.
    Horns and female backup vocals recorded by Josh Van Tassel at Dream Date Studio.

    Additional electric guitar recorded by Dean Drouillard at Hepbourne Lab. Additional overdubs recorded by Tim Abraham at The Hive.

    Mixed by Tim Abraham at The Hive
    Mastered by Joao Carvalho at Carvalho Mastering

    Photos by Jen Squires
    Design by Jacqueline Sonegra

    Cover Design by Yuli Scheidt

    Royal Wood is managed by Steve Zsirai Management

    Royal would like to thank Executive Pledge Producer Tim P Lidster as well as Pledgers Byron Vriend, Damian MacLellan, David Pepper, Dean Marr, Demian Erebus, Jennifer Cook, Kathryn Shirley, Laura Grassing, Lorre Mitchell, Matt Fluter, Melissa Campion, Peter & Pauline Barnard, Richard Beacroft, Scott and Shannon, and Stacey Rowan.

    Royal would like to acknowledge the support of Yamaha, Epiphone, Erikson Music, Sennheiser, Express, FACTOR, OMF and The Radio Starmaker Fund.

    Lyrics

    I woke up today from my slumber
    With an iron heavy heart
    Fell out of bed with the number
    Of the times I said I’d start
    To forget that we’d ever met

    If not today then tomorrow
    I will close my eyes to find
    Nothing is left of the sorrow
    Oh my God love was blind
    No regrets that we ever met
    There’s another world between us now
    Nothing we can do about it

    I won’t bet there’s more to us yet
    Chorus

    There is no secret
    We couldn’t keep it
    So obvious to both of us
    Promises apart
    We both have our scars
    We are not through
    I’ll come back to you

    In the morning when you wake up
    I’ll be there by your side
    Yes the sun will rise to meet us
    I’ll come back to you

    The wine in the glass
    It fuels me at last
    To say these words
    A message heard
    I have awoken
    And hearts have spoken
    To see us through
    I’ll come back to you
    Chorus

    Tangled bodies as lovers will do
    Lose ourselves in the sheets in your room
    Then we’ll drift off
    A moment entombed with the morning
    When I come back to you

    In the morning when you wake up
    I’ll be there by your side
    In the morning when you wake up
    We will stay in and hide
    Yes the sun will rise to meet us
    I’ll come back to you


    Don’t be afraid there are two of us sinking
    I won’t let you drown here alone
    We’re both on this boat on a sea of our making
    With hearts and our flesh and our bones
    Here in this place we will find ourselves
    For tonight I will love you ‘til the morning comes

    Once in a while when the stars give their blessin’
    Oh once in a while when they shine
    On both of us here in a scene of our making
    Our hands and our lips holding time
    Chorus

    Now the truth is before us
    In the light in our eyes
    Only fear can destroy us
    Only that leaves us blind

    Don’t be afraid there are two of us sinking
    I won’t let you drown here alone
    Chorus


    It’s like we’re in the deepest ocean
    Under our own starry sky
    The moon up there’s a spotlight
    The phosphorescent glow in our eyes
    So this should come as no surprise then baby
    That I’m gonna marry you

    It’s like we’re in a holy desert
    Under our own blazing sky
    The sun up there’s a torch babe
    To the glory of our love in our eyes
    Chorus

    I’m so drunk on you my baby
    Intoxicated all the time
    I’m so drunk on you my baby
    I’m out of my mind


    There’s a fly who’s caught in a spider’s web
    There’s a hanging cross above an unmade bed
    There’s a thunderclap when the vows are through
    I don’t believe in all these signs
    But I still believe in you

    There’s a wishing well with the coins in mud
    There’s a path for south when the way is up
    There’s a helping hand when the task is through
    I don’t believe in all these signs
    But I still believe in you

    (Night and Day)
    I’m out there in this city love
    I’m out there making my own luck
    I’m out there filling up my cup
    I don’t believe in all these signs
    But I still believe in you


    Nothing is forever
    I know that’s what they say
    Gonna lock the doors and cover my ears
    It’s easier that way
    I want to tell you that I’m sorry
    I want to go back to the start
    Before the Cavalry was sent for
    Before the whole thing fell apart

    Taking the long way out
    Taking the long way out
    Though it’s hard to admit
    There’s no turning back now
    Taking the long way out

    Took a train across the river
    There were people everywhere
    A pivotal conversation
    We were broke beyond repair
    Chorus

    It’s inescapable
    The heart has a mind of it’s own
    It’s slow denial
    Taking the long way out


    Each night I fall asleep without you in my arms
    Dreaming we walk the beach or maybe the old farm
    Though you have never been we toss it in our plans
    With a mortgage and a kid and demands
    More than circumstance
    We are in a dance
    Keeps us in a trance
    These are the steps for two
    Hear our melody
    Nothing sounds as sweet
    In a four count beat
    I hold the hands of you
    Dear Anna

    Today I drift away on memories that I find
    Down in Santa Monica we took a ride
    Counting stars in cars and sun upon our face
    With a soul that’s full and all right in its place
    Chorus

    Dear Anna
    Our love grows
    As long as we both know
    How rare of a treasure we hold


    I’ll pick you up on the corner where
    All the signs in the city square
    Show their way in the evening air
    Cause I’m in need of you
    Tell your friends that you won’t be home
    Turn the ringer off the cell phone
    Oh it’s you and me all alone
    Cause I’m in need of you
    Oh ‘til the morning light

    I’m kerosene and you’re the match
    You’re the itch that I have to scratch
    Close the door and turn the latch
    Cause I’m in need of you
    Sweet relief as we fall away
    To the end of another day
    There’s nothing more for us to say
    Just “I was needing you”
    Oh ‘til the morning light

    Our love keeps on burning bright
    Our love is a haven


    In my way I have always tried to be
    Everything that I thought that you would need
    Now I know that I’ll never be enough
    Never be enough

    So many nights I was lying there alone
    Hoping that you would just pick up the phone
    Now I know that it’s never going to be
    Never going to be
    This blood from the weight of a stone

    In my way I have always tried to be
    Everything I thought that you would need

    A foolish thought that we ever could have been
    The men you love you will never let them in
    So now I know that I’ll never hold the key
    Never hold the key
    Chorus


    I am sorry for the things that I have done
    Like the stone I placed inside my heart for one
    For I see now how the glory can await
    For the patient man who holds the hands of fate
    If to forgive is to forget
    Then maybe love isn’t over yet?

    Well let’s put away the blinders for a spell
    And remember heaven waits instead of hell
    I can see the future with the curtains drawn
    In each other eyes before the coming dawn
    Chorus

    Oh the ways that we followed
    We were trying to do our best
    Let’s remember this moment
    And forget about the rest


    Oh love I’ll never understand
    Just how the bond between us fell away into the sand
    Just why the light was flashing red to caution us again
    I’ll never understand love
    I’ll never understand

    Oh love I’ll never comprehend
    Just how the credits rolled by there to signal us the end
    Just why our souls so bruised and broken never held again
    I’ll never comprehend love
    I’ll never comprehend
    I was the man that was in love with you

    So when the years have passed you by
    You’re standing in a crowd remembering our last goodbye
    And wishing we had moments left not wishes left to die
    There will be one thing lingering we will never hide
    Chorus

    Then and now and always…


    Holding their tickets
    Filling in their seats at a show for one and all
    Just for a moment of
    An ember of a moment of
    A show from curtain call

    When the lights in the house go bright
    To lead them on their way
    They say keep the stage lit
    We must keep the stage lit
    To keep all the spirits away

    So snuff out the Ghost Light
    Take away the Ghost Light
    They’ll be my audience

    But I will call with my bones and all
    When the crowd has gone away
    All the ghosts in the rafters to fall
    At my side to come and save

    They say keep the stage lit
    We have to keep the stage lit
    To keep all the spirits away
    Yes snuff out the Ghost Light
    I won’t need the Ghost Light
    They’ll be my audience

    But I will call with my bones and all
    When the crown has gone away
    All the ghosts in the rafters to fall
    At my side to come and save

    So snuff out the Ghost Light
    Take away the Ghost Light
    They’ll be my audience