Cynthia Hamar Band

Cynthia Hamar Band

 Edmonton, Alberta, CAN
BandFolkSinger/Songwriter

A Métis singer/songwriter with pop/rock meets folksy Americana style.

Biography


A Métis singer/songwriter with a pop/rock meets folksy
Americana style, Cynthia Hamar was born in the town of Drayton Valley and grew
up on a farm close to the small mining town of Entwistle about an hour west of
Edmonton, Alberta.
With four older siblings heavily into music and arts and no
television at home, she grew up mimicking the songs they would play and drawing
anything she could imagine. Hamar grew attached to finger picking styling and
songs with rich stories and emotion such as Bruce Cockburns “ All the Diamonds”
making her stage debut at the age of seven in the local church her mother and
her would attend, singing Amy Grant tunes to accompaniment tracks. At 15, Hamar
picked up the guitar, having developed a taste for grunge rock through artists
such as Ani DiFranco and Radiohead, Hamar began writing and performing her own
eclectic style in coffee shops, street corners, churches and pubs. Hamar
married and moved to British Columbia and had 3 children over 3 years in
Kamloops, BC.
In 2007, having moved again to Fort St John, BC, Hamar recorded
and self released her first studio album and briefly toured western Canada, the
album was nominated for a GMA but did not really get too much attention. Hamar
decided to steer away from over production and gear more towards raw and
acoustic recordings. Her second independently released album “Acous.ti.cal.ly” recorded
at Red Glow records in Fort St John, BC was released in 2010 and accomplished
just that. Shortly after Hamar’s family moved back to her hometown of Entwistle
and she began to engage in the Edmonton music scene.
While recording with her nephew Spencer Ford for a
compilation album, Hamar met Tim LaRiviere at his studio DSD Recordings. Hamar
admired LaRiviere’s calm nature and approached him about helping with her next
project. LaRiviere not only accepted but dove into the project with passion.
2014&15 brought a new era for Hamar, she began writing
and performing with her oldest son. A few months into recording with LaRiviere she
decided to remove some of her own songs and add some of her sons and title the
album “ The Son & I” LaRiviere personally travelled to England to have the
album mastered by Alex Wharton (the Beatles, Radiohead, Coldplay) at Abbey
Roads Studios. The album was released to radio spring 2016 by Tinderbox Music,
charted on numerous college radio stations across Canada and the US as well as
acquired TV licenses with TLC, Discovery Network and a TV show set to air fall
2017. LaRiviere is currently a member of Hamar's band and has brought along
former bandmate Mark Scholz on drums. Hamar was nominated Best out of Province for the Toronto Independent Music Awards 2016.
 


Lyrics

Simple & Sacred

Written By: Cynthia Hamar

It's a late August evening, sunlight still filling the sky
The birds they scatter as I pedal by and the breeze
sings me a lullaby
Its these moments when my heart feels so thankful
that teach me a little of life
it can be painful, yet pleasant and beautiful
if I open up my eyes

It's the Simple and the Sacred that makes me feel alive
Find I'm breathing deep and life is so sweet
every time your love looks on me

Now even in early December, that north wind can cut to the bone
Snow drifts are high and firewood needs cutting
and these snowflakes fill my eyes

O still simple but can become sacred, if we would only try
Fire crackling in the evening time
warm hands of people we love

Its these moments when my heart feels so thankful
that teach me a little of life
it can be painful, yet pleasant and beautiful
if I open up my eyes

It's the Simple and the Sacred that makes me feel alive
Find I'm breathing deep and life is so sweet
every time you smile at me~

It's the Simple and the Sacred that makes me feel alive
Find I'm breathing deep and life is so sweet
every time your love looks on me

( instrumental)
The Simple can become the sacred if we would only open our eyes, to see the beauty that surrounds us
and the glory that fills the skies

Come Alive

Written By: Cynthia Hamar

Come Alive
Written by Cynthia Hamar

That place on your chest where your heart beats and rests
I will lay down, I will lay down

That fire that’s inside blends with mine
Burning eyes wide
These eyes are wide

Promises soaking in like rain on dry, dry earth
Like aloe on skin that’s burned
Like sunshine in the spring melting all the ice away

Promises soaking in like Rain

Those silent lies that would blind
That remind
I cut those lines down
Power lines down

This new light in your eyes fills my skies
We’re alive with our eyes wide
These eyes are wide

Promises soaking in like rain on dry, dry earth
Like aloe on skin that’s burned
Like sunshine in the spring melting all the ice away

{All those dead things they can just
Come alive
When we lean ourselves on our life line} X2

Promises soaking in like rain
Like rain
Soaking in like rain x2

{You can just come alive
You can say, say come alive
You can just come alive
You can say, say, say come alive} x2

{All those dead things they can just
Come alive
When we lean ourselves on our life line} X2
Promises soaking in like rain
{Soaking in like rain} x3

~

2016 all rights reserved Cynthia Hamar
Box 656 Entwistle AB T0E 0S0
780-542-1307
www.cynthiahamar.com

Discography

Fairytale

  • Released: 2007
  • Format: CD
  • Label:Independent
  • Producer: Slyngshot Productions
  • GMA nominated
Acous.ti.cal.ly
  • Released: 2010
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Independent
  • Producer: Red Glow Records
  • Singles: "Fortify"
The Son & I
  • Release: 2016
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Independent
  • Producer: DSD Recordings, Tim LaRiveriere, Mastered by Alex Wharton (the Beatles, Coldplay, Radiohead) Abbey Roads Studios
  • Singles: “Put a Little Faith”, "Simple & Sacred"
Compilations: Bridgesongs 2013 " the Sailor" w Spencer Ford , Bridgesongs 2014 "If We Spoke to Cities" , Bridgesongs 2015 " Broken", Collide (City of Worship 2) " Beautiful" by Fresh IE 2015.

Set List

Set A

Sweetheart
Nanton
Lets Grow Old
Old Hearts
Early Yet Dark
Some one like you
Moses on the mountain

Set B
Sweetheart
Old Hearts
Let's grow old
Out on our own
Moses on the mountain
Light a fire
Sing From Your heart