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"Peggy Hogan"

Peggy Hogan’s debut record breathes fresh life into soul. Perhaps taking a page from Sade, the Montreal-based performer (and vocal teacher) delivers a fresh take on R&B with a rock-solid rhythm section finessed to perfection by producer Tyler Fitzmaurice. Don’t believe it? Grab the single “Everything’s Okay” for free on her Viinyl page. The only catch is that you have to post it to Twitter or Facebook to tell people that you liked it. And for the record, Hogan is not only a persuasive singer, she's a smart one too, recently graduating with a BFA in Jazz Studies and English Literature.
For a limited time, special editions of To Lie With are available on Hogan’s Bandcamp. The package Includes a handmade CD sleeve with original artwork by Angela Cleary (limited to 150 copies).

— Noah Siegel - New Canadian Music


"Peggy Hogan - To Lie With"

Having recently graduated from Concordia University's jazz music program, Hogan, hailing from Vancouver island, wasted no time in releasing her first studio album. The first surprise is the impeccable production work done on all 10 tracks, care of Tyler Fitzmaurice. Shaun Ryan's bass and Evan Tighe's drums are perfectly in tune with the R&B, neo-soul and jazz stylings of the singer and her Wurlitzer. That being said, rather than aiming for a range across many octaves, Hogan would benefit most from where her voice can best express itself with all the subtleties she's capable of. All in all, this is an impressive debut. She's also working on a solo electronic & experimental hip-hop project under the name of Hua Li. The first mixtape is due out this fall. - Entre Elles


"Peggy Hogan - To Lie With"

Having recently graduated from Concordia University's jazz music program, Hogan, hailing from Vancouver island, wasted no time in releasing her first studio album. The first surprise is the impeccable production work done on all 10 tracks, care of Tyler Fitzmaurice. Shaun Ryan's bass and Evan Tighe's drums are perfectly in tune with the R&B, neo-soul and jazz stylings of the singer and her Wurlitzer. That being said, rather than aiming for a range across many octaves, Hogan would benefit most from where her voice can best express itself with all the subtleties she's capable of. All in all, this is an impressive debut. She's also working on a solo electronic & experimental hip-hop project under the name of Hua Li. The first mixtape is due out this fall. - Entre Elles


Discography

To Lie With (LP) - 2012

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On a blisteringly cold Montreal, January morning, Peggy Hogan walked to PJ Mansion Studio to begin recording her first studio album, To Lie With. Despite warnings regarding the studio’s temperature, she was still surprised to be greeted by her producer, Tyler Fitzmaurice and his breath condensing in clouds around them. She and her band mates started the weekend off wrapped in blankets and huddled around space heaters, but by the end of the day they packed up feeling like the snow outside must have melted – how else could they explain the electrifying warmth enveloping them? Outside, it was still -21°C, and as a cold gust of wind greeted the musicians as they stepped onto the sidewalk, they understood the formula that led to their survival in the frigid studio – Evan Tighe’s sharp, yet laid-back drumming, Shaun Ryan’s full-bodied approach to the bass and Peggy’s ear candy on the Wurlitzer coupled with her honest and approachable vocal style.

Peggy Hogan strives to instill comfort and innovation in her music. Her musical education has rooted her firmly in Western music traditions, and she has always worked to express her musicality with a sense of individuality and freshness.

Peggy Hogan grew up in Victoria, British Columbia where she began studying classical piano at the age of five. She embarked on a path of disciplined practice and tense recitals for the next ten years, at which point she received a certificate of program completion from the Royal Conservatory of Music and stumbled into the music of the 60's, embracing the whole gamut of the decade, from The Beatles and Bob Dylan to Sly & the Family Stone and Aretha Franklin.

The sounds of folk, rock and roll and soul music combined with Peggy's precocious musical knowledge spurred a feverish period of songwriting. Melodies and language collided providing Peggy an exciting and inexhaustible platform for creative expression. In 2004 she recorded and self-released her first album, Blue Red Read You. Meanwhile, she found a home in the spotlight in Victoria's theatres performing in various plays and musical theatre productions, and a home on the pages of Canada's literary journals, finding her work published in the likes of The Malahat Review and The Claremont Review, and winning various poetry prizes, including the 2006 "Petra Kenney Poetry Prize for Young Writers" and the 2007 "Poetic Licence" Contest created by The League of Canadian Poets.

Peggy's growing involvement in musical theatre sparked a love of performing, the discovery of her voice and what would come to be an inextricable bond with jazz music. She was lucky enough to enjoy the tutelage of Louise Rose, Hugh Fraser and Misha Piatigorsky before leaving Victoria to begin her Specialization in Jazz Studies at Montreal's Concordia University.

Having completed her BFA in Jazz Studies and English Literature in 2011, Peggy continues to actively perform as a singer and actor, compose and song write, and teach voice in Montreal. She released her first studio album on August 10th, 2012 and is currently working on new material for several projects, including her solo hip hop project, Hua Li and Pagan Money, a partnership with Victor Bongiovanni.