Shaye

Shaye

 Toronto, Ontario, CAN
BandPopAdult Contemporary

Kim Stockwood and Damhnait Doyle have parlayed their gorgeous harmony driven vocal blend and outgoing personalities into one of this country's best stage shows, where outstanding, emotional songs are interspersed with ad-libbed quips and witty commentary.

Biography

The Rat Pack had it; Shaye does too - absolute magic when they perform together.

When you're onto something as magical and beautiful as Shaye, where true personalities and warmth intermix with an innate knack for entertaining and almost divine vocal connection, then you run with it.

Their voices sound gorgeous together, whether harmonizing or taking the lead - Dav's with its sexy rock quality and Kim's with its raspy, country feel. But it's how they perform that has enthralled audiences from coast-to-coast. Funny as all hell, they are a refreshing combination of old fashioned values and contemporary chutzpah.

With their 2003 harmony-driven pop debut, The Bridge, close friends Kim Stockwood, Tara MacLean and Damhnait Doyle parlayed their gorgeous vocal blend and outgoing personalities into one of this country's best stage shows, where outstanding, emotional songs are interspersed with ad-libbed quips and witty commentary. With the follow-up, Lake of Fire, the three blossomed even further, co-writing the majority of the songs and displaying stunning harmonies and leads.

Lake of Fire still runs the gamut of emotions from fun defiance on the first single "Lake of Fire" to girl-power assertiveness on their kiss-your-mother reworking of the Waterboys' "We Will Not Be Lovers" and a rockin' fervency on "You're Not Alone." There's an enticing invitation on the sultry "Stay" and an homage to their East Coast heritage on Patty Griffin's "We Are Water." They also wrote a touching a cappella number about love, loyalty and faith called "Ocean of Sorrows" and the equally touching "Star," a special tribute to Tara's late sister, Shaye, who now shines brightly as the inspiration and namesake for the group.

"We had never even sung together when we made the first record, so we didn't even know if it would work," says Tara. "We all had our things going on. We had no pressure. We were just going to have some fun. But when my sister died, everything changed and all of a sudden the record became something that was keeping me going.

" The girls helped me to stay afloat and sort of became my sisters. So the thing that started as a side-project became really central to my life. I don't know what I would have done without it."

Headstrong, feisty and funny, all three proudly hail from the East Coast - Kim and Damhnait (aka Dav) from Newfoundland and Tara from PEI - but they chose Toronto as their home base long before Shaye, all pursuing solo careers.

So after honing their sound onstage for three years, Shaye came together for album number two with a new set of skills. As three independent songwriters - Kim with two solo albums, Dav with three, and Tara with two - they felt more comfortable as a group now. They did co-write on The Bridge, and knew they were onto something when their single "Happy Baby" garnered a SOCAN award, a prestigious Juno nomination and a Canadian Radio Music Award, but with this album, writing for Shaye was instinctive. They now knew what worked best.

"The three of us are really different songwriters," says Dav. "Kim is the hook-meister. She's got a really keen ear for hooks and things that will sound good on the radio and Tara's music is more esoteric and ethereal and descriptive. I don't know what my writing style is. I'm very much nose to the grindstone. I'm the one who is pushing the situation a little bit."

Kim steps in with her own description of Damhnait, calling her a fearless writer. "She a brilliant poet and a strong musician and also has this way of being able to see the bigger picture of a song."

Leading up to the new album, Shaye wrote with a variety of people, including Ron Sexsmith ("the poor guy will never be the same," quips Kim), and Gordie Sampson, who helped make "Star" the beautiful tribute that it is. The girls also decided to cover Sexsmith's "Someway, Somehow," instead of one of their co-writes. They also did a lot of writing with their producer Jay Joyce (Patty Griffi

Lyrics

Happy Baby

Written By: Damhnait Doyle/ Kim Stockwood/ Tara MacLean/ Jay Joyce

Standing in line at the grocery store / Reading magazines that say I should want more / There’s an old boyfriend he looks my way
I can’t help but smile I feel great today / In last nights clothes, no make up / Drinking my coffee from a paper cup
If this is it for me, baby / That’s just fine / I’m not lookin’ anymore / For what will make me happy, baby / That’s just fine / I’m not lookin’ anymore
So many places I’ll never see / But here and now is where I’d rather be / Too many people searching so hard /
But they never look right in their back yard / I’ve made mistakes that’s for sure / Ain’t that what your life is for
If this is it / For me, baby / That’s just fine / I’m not lookin’ anymore / For what will make me happy, baby / That’s just fine / I’m not lookin’ anymore
(More clothes, more cash, more things, more rings) / These lines upon my face / I’d be a fool to erase
(More love, more grace, more of what is real) / Cause they show my place in this world
If this is it…

No Mermaid

Written By: Sinéad Lohan

We went down to the edge of the water / You were afraid to go in
You said there might be sharks / Out there in the ocean / And I said I’m only going for a swim
I was swimming around in a circle / I wasn’t always in view
You said we might get into red flag danger / And I am alone when I’m not with you
I am no mermaid / I am no mermaid / And I am no fisherman’s slave / I am no mermaid, I am no mermaid / I keep my head above the waves
I was swinging from the center of the ceiling / You were afraid to give in
I said I know I’ll always live for this feeling / And you closed your eyes and said never again
I was dancing in the middle of the desert / You said we’d burn under the hot sun
I said I’d rather be the colour of pleasure / Than watch like you from under the thumb
I am no Mermaid…

Lake of Fire

Written By: Damhnait Doyle/ Kim Stockwood/ Tara MacLean/ Jay Joyce

Feet out the window
Purple sky
Slide on over
To the other side
Midnight and the moon is melting the invisible lines
Now you’re smiling at me
Not tomorrow or yesterday
This time I wanna lose my way

Let’s go swimming in a lake of fire
Turn your radio up if you wanna get higher
They say we will never learn
Come on come on come on let’s burn

Stealing a moment
I don’t know why
Don’t need a reason
Or to justify
Temptation wearing me down
Taking over and the time is now
Don’t care what they say
Just trying to find our way

Let’s go swimming in a lake of fire…

Open sky shooting star, nothing else but who we are

Let’s go swimming in a lake of fire…

Open Sky shooting star, nothing else but who we are

We Will Not Be Lovers

Written By: Mike Scott

We Will Not be Lovers

You just stepped into the main drag
Climbed down off the fence
Words are your weapon
Lies are your defense
I know what you want
And I see what you see
You’re looking for somebody
But it isn’t me
Find yourself another
Because we will not be lovers

Your eyes are like torches
Your presence is bliss
I never knew time could speed and zip like this
The touch of your flesh
Is tough to resist
Planets collide collide collide
At the smack of your kiss
Well you can kiss your brother
Cause we will, we will not be lovers

Now you’re pulling down curtains
And sparking old flames
Been causing disturbance
Crying for shame
And you’ve been knocking on doors
You’ve been abusing my name
You’ve been casting out doubt
And you’ve been throwing out blame
But you can throw it at your mother
Cause we will, we will not be lovers
And we will, we will not be

The world’s full of trouble
Everybody’s scared
The landlords are frowning
The cupboards are bare
People are scrambling like dogs for a share
It’s cruel and it’s hard
But it’s nothing compared to
What we do to each other
And we will, we will not be lovers
We will not be lovers
We will not be.

Ocean of Sorrows

Written By: Damhnait Doyle/ Kim Stockwood/ Tara MacLean

The salt water dries upon my skin
As the waves keep on crashing
Crashing in
And I stand on the shore
With my back to the wind
But my voice keeps on calling out to him

I remember the day
You sailed away
With my tears in your hair
My feet in the clay
Your ship was a shadow
Your ghost my only friend
I will wait patiently for you to come home again

Oh twelve years of letters
Set out to sea
Washing my words
To the bottom with thee
And if I have my way
They will bury me
In the ocean of sorrows
Where our love still breathes
In the ocean of sorrows
Where our love still breathes

So Far Gone

Written By: Damhnait Doyle/ Kim Stockwood/ Tara MacLean/ Jay Joyce

Waitin’ on a train
Ain’t wanting for nothing
Never will again
Leavin’ all the pain
I gave up hope that my life would change

And I’m gone
Gonna get gone
So far gone

Wasted so much time
Turnin’ the page
Towin’ the line
Hangin for my crimes
Never took nothing that wasn’t mine

And I’m gone
Gonna get gone
So far gone

And I’m gone
Gonna get gone
So far gone

Woke last night from the strangest dream
Fish were lying by the stream
Saw me strugglin’ underneath
Said don’t forget to breathe
Spoke to me in another tongue
Child your life here has just begun
Let the tide take you out to sea
Just don’t forget to breathe

And I’m gone . . .

And I’m gone . . .

Tupelo Honey

Written By: Van Morrison

You can take all the tea in China
Put it in a big brown bag for me
Sail right around the seven oceans
Drop it straight into
The deep blue sea

She’s as sweet as Tupelo Honey
She’s an angel of the first degree
She’s as sweet as Tupelo Honey
Just like honey baby, from the bee

You can’t stop us on the road to freedom
You can’t keep us cause our eyes can see
Men with insight, men in granite
Knights in armour
Bent on chivalry

She’s as sweet as Tupelo Honey…

You can’t stop us on the road to freedom
You can’t keep us cause our eyes can see
Men with insight, men in granite
Knights in armour
Bent on chivalry

She’s as sweet as Tupelo Honey…

And you know, she’s all right
Well you know, she’s all right, she’s all right

She’s an angel

Discography

(2007) Lake of Fire, EMI Music Canada
(2003) The Bridge. EMI Music Canada

Set List

Set list to be determined from Lake of Fire and The Bridge