A Great interview by Kathy Wolf for Curtains up!!
Angel Forrest – For the Win !
By Kathy Wolf for Curtains Up
In the beginning, there was a tambourine, a crush on a guitar player, and those first notes of her onstage premiere singing Honky Tonk Woman. From this, Angel Forrest emerged as a national treasure.
Winning, count ‘em, two Maple Blues Awards for Best Female Blues Singer, two years in a row. This time she was honored with Best Songwriter to add to the family. Angel also just won the 2015 Lys Blues Award for Best Female Artist.
Her overnight success arrived with a road long traveled, after paying her dues for many a year including endless travelling for shows, the late nights, all the while raising her kids as a single mom.
About a dozen years ago, she met the love of her life in co-writing husband Denis Coulombe, is surrounded by her children. A good life getting better with each new conquest and endeavor. Angel was delighted to have Denis bring his own Lys Blues Award home for Best Musical Performance this year. A real tribute to their combined talent.
After honing her craft in show bars and concerts, doing everything from classic rock to Janis, Angel’s urge to create her own songs could not be suppressed. In 2005 she put out her first English album entitled “Here for You”. This album was her music; her words; where she could take her life experiences and take her joy and pain out in art.
Angel has since enjoyed great success with all her subsequent albums including her own favourites “Come Alive” and “Mother Tongue Blues”. And no Angel Forrest collection would be complete without her acoustic Live Double CD. The music is timeless and an absolute must for all lovers of the blues.
In conversation with Angel two things stood out. The first being her absolute joy with life itself. The second being that it is her humbleness that makes her such a wonder. With her newfound Canadian recognition, she is quick to credit so many that encouraged and supported her along the way.
Her new album of originals entitled “Angel’s 11” will be released this Winter, 2016, and you can catch her live at some of her upcoming events:
June 6 Orangeville Blues & Jazz Fest
June 13 Marine Cabaret, Sorel (QC)
June 22 Pine Beach Fest, Dorval (QC)
July 5th Festival International de Jazz de Montréal: Guest for the B.B King tribute.
July 6th Mt-Tremblant Blues Fest
July 17 Le Moulin de Portage, Quebec
August 6th Festiblues de Montréal
August 7th Dutch Mason Blues Fest, Nova Scotia
A Curtains Up Exclusive Interview with Angel.
Angel's interview on the couch!
Angel Forrest brille au Maple Blues Awards... elle remporte pour la 2ieme année consécutive le prix de chanteuse de l'année et repart aussi avec le prestigieux prix de auteur-compositeur de l'année!
merci à tous les Fans...c'est grace à vous!!
Angel Forrest wins SOCAN-sponsored Maple Blues 2015 Songwriter Award
Blues shouter Angel Forrest won the SOCAN-sponsored Songwriter of the Year honours at the 18th annual Maple Blues Awards, presented by the Toronto Blues Society on Jan. 19, 2015, at Koerner Hall in Toronto.The Montreal-based Forrest also took home the honour for Female Vocalist of the Year.
Angel will be one of the instructor for the 2015 hornby blues camp. For more details you can check out their site.
We are very proud to announce that Angel will be performing at the 2014 Maple Blues Award at the Koerner Hall in Toronto on January 19th.
SO VERY EXCITED!!!!! I’ve been nominated again this year for FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR At the maple blues awards, and on top of that I’ve also been nominated for SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR… SONGWRITER!! I am absolutely blown away! A dream come true for me. This is for the best in CANADA, so I need a lot of votes to win…this could be a total game changer!
So if you feel it…please take 2 minutes to vote at: www.mapleblues.ca and please please share with friends and family. Voting starts November 5th and closes Dec 5th 2014. Thanks ever so much!!
QUE JE SUIS ÉNERVÉ ET EXCITÉ!!! Je viens d’apprendre que je suis en nomination cette année encore commeCHANTEUSE DE L’ANNÉE au Maple blues Awards et pour en rajouter, en nomination commeAUTEUR/COMPOSITEUR DE L’ANNÉE…AUTEUR/COMPOSITEUR!!!! Je suis complètement renversé!!! Un rêve qui se réalise!! Ce prix est pour être la meilleure au CANADA, alors j’ai besoin de beaucoup de vote pour gagner… vous comprendrez que ceci pourrais changer toute ma carrière!!
Alors si vous le sentez, s.v.p. prenez 2 minutes pour voter : www.mapleblues.ca et s.v.p., s.v.p., partagez avec vos parents et amis. Les votes commence le 5 novembre et se termine le 5 décembre 2014.
Merci mille et mille fois.