Jeff Hope
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Jeff Hope

Middle Sackville, Nova Scotia, Canada | Established. Jan 01, 2002

Middle Sackville, Nova Scotia, Canada
Established on Jan, 2002
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Multi-instrumentalist Jeff Hope took to music early. At 17, Jeff was already teaching seminars on home recording and working in sound production for local acts on a weekly basis. by 19 he was a regular on the local country circuit with Smokey Ridge and Little Rock. The versatile musician was a regular member of the Keltic band Barnacle and co-founded the group The Frequency with friend and fellow musician Kyle Boudreau, Jeff has recorded with artists including Louisa Manuel, Grassfire, and Chelsea Nisbett’s ECMA-winning 2008 Gospel album New Beginnings. In 2002, Hope recorded and produced his own debut album The Show Must Go On, an upbeat, earnest collection of bluesy rock perfect for cranking up on a drive with the windows down. “I had finished something I felt was monumental to me,” he says. But in the crush of life—he was newly engaged, supporting a family and touring with other bands to make ends meet—the effort of marketing his own work felt daunting. “To be honest, I got very disheartened by the process,” Hope says.By 2015, in the thick of raising a family and running a business, Hope walked away from recording and performing for nearly three years. Two things drew him back: longtime friend and collaborator Kyle Boudreau tapped him for a new recording, and on a more somber note, his father and musical inspiration Robert Hope passed away suddenly from cancer in August 2017.As Jeff was gathering his late father’s belongings in April 2018, he paused and decided to re-string his dad’s old guitars, and he felt the tug of inspiration for the first time in years. “I decided just to try a track in my home studio,” Hope says. Fifteen days later, he had written and recorded new material for the building blocks of an album. The new project releases fall 2019 and features 12 songs Hope describes as edgy, exciting and light-hearted—infused with new energy. “I believe my father was there with me,” he says. “I believe this is a record of ghosts.” Hope has also re-released The Show Must Go On, now available on Spotify and all major streaming services. Revisiting his debut seemed like a timely precursor to a new album 16 years in the making, he says. “They’re two different projects from different seasons in my life, but I’m proud of them both and I think together they tell a story of this journey I’m on, as a musician and as a person.”

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