Juanita Wilkins

Juanita Wilkins

BandFolkSinger/Songwriter

The voice is stunning - powerful and beautiful. The songs are wonderful - melodic, intelligent, touching, and catchy. You'll find yourself humming her tunes for days and weeks after hearing them. The performance is dynamic and fun. The audience LOVED her at Summerfolk 2008. YOU WILL TOO!

Biography

Juanita Wilkins is a roots artist with a mission - to tell the stories of rural Ontario - and her new recording project "Four Corner Town", is doing just that. Working with James Gordon at Pipe Street Studios in Guelph, Ontario, Juanita has achieved a clean, pure sound which showcases the touching and relevant songs she's written about the life and times of rural South Western Ontario. And these songs, written with her trademark writing style of intelligent lyrics and hummable melodies are the perfect vehicle for the voice that has been described in turns as pure and beautiful to smoky and sexy. With a three octave range, and the ability to sing everything from folk to country to blues and jazz, Juanita's stage show offers something for everyone - while disappointing no-one. Juanita has recently paired up with Mississauga guitarist and singer/songwriter Bill Candy, and the pairing is divine! Whether in the studio or on the stage, they have a lovely musical chemistry. Her recent performance at Summerfolk in Owen Sound was a surprise, out-of-the-ballpark home run hit with attendees, both with the workshop audiences and the cheering thousands in the "Down by the Bay" tent.
Some great news: One of the cuts from "Four Corner Town", Subdivision Blues (Never Going Back), featured in this EPK, placed in the top ten in the OCFF's "Songs From The Heart" 2007 competition, and was submitted by the judges from that competition to the Colleen Peterson Songwriting Award.

Not one to be pinned to a single genre, Juanita's songwriting reflects her eclectic tastes in music - thoughtfully, and sometimes humourously, exploring relationships, world events, the human condition, and, especially close to her heart, the lives of women who work the farms in her rural neighbourhood. Looking to the rich history of Canadian Singer/Songwriters, Juanita feels that she has been guided and influenced by the likes of Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, Fred Eaglesmith, Stephen Fearing, Lynn Miles, to name a few. Her first solo CD 'Stronger' is just that - a strong foray into the indie music scene. Juanita has opened for such artists as Stephen Fearing, Ray Bonneville, Andy Maize and Josh Finlayson of Skydiggers, and was chosen by Jane Harbury to be one of four performers at her "Discoveries" show at Hugh's Room in Toronto on February 13, 2007, and will be featured in a "RE-Discoveries" night this coming spring. Juanita continues to impress audiences with her insightful songs, playing to sold out houses in a series of songwriter showcases, intimate concerts, and larger events, such as festival appearances.

Juanita keeps her hand and heart in her local community volunteering as the Music Director for the Minto Arts Council in Wellington County - bringing in top Canadian Talent to concert events that function as important fundraisers for this awardwinning volunteer organization which promotes the arts in her locality. Juanita's dedication to live music shows in all aspects of her life, whether performing herself, or organizing live music events for others. Juanita is proud of her "Rural Roots"!

Lyrics

Four Corner Town

Written By: Juanita Wilkins

There's a spot on the counter where the slant-top penny candy jar sat
Hole in the back wall used to hold a plastic two-way cat flap
Sign by the door says 'Welcome to May's One Stop Snack and Gas Bar'
Grass in the gravel's grown up round May's old broken down car
In a four corner town
In a two lane world
Four corner town

Signposts on the edges are just brackets that are empty
Took down the ones that warned you to reduce your speed to fifty
The 'Caution Children Playing' notice hangs in someone's rec room
'Cause they found it lying on the road on their way to somewhere passing through
A four corner town
In a two lane world
Four corner town

And the black top cracks and crumbles
So the county guys come patch it
And they wonder why they bother
When you can't even get a coffee
In this four corner town
In this two lane world
Four corner town

If you don't count Archie's hound dog the population's three now
And Archie's old enough his arms aren't long enough to read now
So he spends his time just watching out his window as the days fade
Wonders what's so damned important out there no-one stops to visit
In his four corner town
In his two lane world
Four corner town
In a two lane world
Four corner town

Subdivision Blues

Written By: Juanita Wilkins

Gone away, gone away
My broken heart is here to stay
Two strong backs can't make it pay
What else to do but walk away

And I'm never coming back from the city
Never going back to the farm
Don't matter that the fields are so pretty
There's nothing left for me

Factory where I do my part
Got my hands, can't have my heart
Close my eyes, still hear the rain
Still feel the sun, still calls my name

But I'm never coming back from the city
Never going back to the farm
Don't matter that the fields are so pretty
There's nothing left for me

Subdivide, plant a hundred homes
Brick boxes sprout where food used to grow
Levelled hills, filled ravines
Name it after what it used to be

And we're never coming back from the city
Never going home to the farm
Don't matter that the fields were so pretty
There's nothing left to see, nothing left for me

Gone away, gone away
My broken heart is here to stay

Sky Without Rain

Written By: Juanita Wilkins

Sweet love, never thought I'd fall again
Thought I was done with that
Long time ago
High wire, too scared I'd fall again
Nothing could talk me into letting go

But you could call out my name and I'd hear you
If you were ten thousand miles away
And if you needed me close I'd be near you
My love is the stars in a sky without rain

I know some day you might walk away
That's a chance you take letting go
Your love, like a new gift every day
Hold you in my heart I'm not letting go

And you could call out my name and I'd hear you
If you were ten thousand miles away
And if you needed me close I'd be near you
My love is the stars in a sky without rain

And when you call out my name I will hear you
If you are ten thousand miles away
And when you need me close, I'll be near you
My love is the stars in a sky without rain
My love is the stars in a sky without rain

Sweet love, never thought I'd fall again
Thought I was done with that
Long time ago

November Tan

Written By: Juanita Wilkins

You are the first balmy day in the spring, the first flower I hold in my hand
You are the breeze on a hot day in June when the heat feels like too much to stand
You are the first taste of snow on my tongue and the first drop of rain on dry land
You are the sun of an Indian Summer that gives me a November tan
You are my November tan

You are the letter of good news that comes unexpectedly from an old friend
You are the road sign that says I've arrived, my adventure's about to begin
You are the last wondrous page of a book that's so good I don't want it to end
You are a constant and pleasant surprise and I'll keep you as long as I can
Just like my November tan

And I am astonished to find
You're here in my life

You are the first glimpse of my brand-new haircut that turned out the way that I asked
You are the moment I step on the scales and it's down, 'bout a pound and a half
You are the email I get when I'm sad with the great cartoon that makes me laugh
You are the best gift that I've ever opened and I'll treasure you best as I can
Just like my November tan

Discography

2008: Full length (11 track) indie release of "Four Corner Town", recorded at Pipe Street Studio, engineered and co-produced by James Gordon.

2004: Full length (12 track) indie release of "Stronger", recorded, engineered and mixed by Jay Riehl of Signature Sound.

Juanita receives airplay on Ontario radio stations: CKNX AM 920 Wingham, Ont., CKNX FM 102 Wingham, Ontario; Country 93 FM, Owen Sound, Ontario;Country 1510, Tillsonburg, Ontario;
Easy 101.3, Tillsonburg, Ontario;
CJCS, Stratford, Ontario, and is played on campus / small market independent radio folk shows such as: CFMU's Freewheeling Folk! and CKPC's Just Us Folk.

Set List

Juanita's concert show consists of 2 sets - 45 min. first set / 30 min. second set.
Juanita Wilkins in Concert Set 1

Stronger
Gone
Ghost Man
The News
Aggie's Cafe
Holy Mountain
November Tan
One More Stop Along the Way
That’s How I Know
Do Without You
Hard Cash

Juanita Wilkins in Concert Set 2

Four Corner Town
Dan McPhee
Morning is Mine
Old Friend
Ladies Please Bring Lunch
Mercy of the Rain
Subdivision Blues
Emma Brown
Sky Without Rain

ENCORE

Soul of the Wind

If doing cover tunes Juanita does songs such as:
Joni Mitchell's 'Carey', Jann Arden's 'Good Mother',
Sheryl Crow's 'Strong Enough'. Other artists Juanita covers: Blue Rodeo, Lynn Miles, John Hiatt, Johnny Cash, Emmylou Harris, Stevie Nicks, Melissa Etheridge...