Sheena Grobb

Sheena Grobb

 Winnipeg, Manitoba, CAN
SoloPopSinger/Songwriter

Every once in a while, the universe gives birth to a songbird… the kind who sings a song that resonates with everyone. It’s a familiar song because the notes are like a code to the soul, and the voice its precious carrier. The gracefulness and eloquence with which she delivers a song – soulfully sweet with an air of surrender, delicately whispering at times, and quivering on gently sustained phrases – creates a sound unmistakably hers.

Biography

Every once in a while, the universe gives birth to a songbird… a certain kind of songbird. The kind who sings a song unknown to most, but resonates in someway with everyone. It’s a familiar song because the notes are like a code to the soul, and the voice its precious carrier.

Sheena Grobb’s voice has been compared to greats like Sarah McLachlan, Eva Cassidy, and Norah Jones. Yet the gracefulness and eloquence with which she delivers a song – soulfully sweet with an air of surrender, almost delicately whispering at times, and quivering on gently sustained phrases – creates a sound unmistakably hers.

From the age of two, the gift Sheena possessed was beginning to show. A voice so pure, it pierced through crowds and rose above conversations. Sheena could silence a room, even as a child. Her mother’s passion for music was so strong, that singing and playing became as natural as breathing to Sheena. But talent alone is not what created the songwriter in her. At eight years old, the loss of her greatest influence – her grandmother – produced emotion in Sheena so big that only song could penetrate its depths. And so at 10 years old, Sheena began songwriting.

Sheena debuted her first EP, Safe Guarded Space, on the main stage of the Winnipeg Folk Festival in 2006. The following year, she was nominated at the Western Canadian Music Awards for Outstanding Pop Recording, and recognized by the Los Angeles Music Awards with nomination for Female Vocalist of the Year. With wheels in motion, Sheena sensed her destiny. So did others around her. Yet, a dark cloud loomed large on her horizon.

Having been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis at 16, Sheena learned early that even the most precious of gifts can be quickly lost. The delicate nuances of classical piano training and self-taught guitar vanished for one life-altering month after her first album was released, and she struggled for the next several years to overcome the fears of her own deterioration. Thanks in part to the undying efforts of close friend Kim Nozick, Sheena spent much of her creative energy delving into the inner world of emotional, physical and spiritual wellness.

With recovering her health being Sheena’s primary focus, she released Grow in 2010, produced by 11-time JUNO Award nominee Dan Donahue. Despite minimal touring, she attracted the attention of Lindsay Nelko (previous choreographer for So You Think You Can Dance) who produced a music video for song Get Out Alive featuring two of the show’s star dancers Kathryn McCormick and Robert Roldan.

In 2011, Sheena was approached by a couple, Les and Terry Weins, who were deeply impacted by her performance at the Winnipeg Folk Festival in 2006 – so much so, that it prompted them to organize an event to fund another album. It became the gift that would keep Sheena anchored to her music, despite her own reluctance to continue.

Three years later, Sheena is releasing The Breakless Heart (Sept 2014). She chose to work with Ervin Bartha at ClearLightSound, a private home studio with a Kawai 6’1” grand piano and a “creative vortex,” as Sheena calls it. After a labourome three years, and believing in her music and message so much, Ervin boldly emailed the engineers at Abbey Roads Studios in London to see if they would master the project. One listen to the title track and they agreed.

Currently, and in conjunction with release of The Breakless Heart, Sheena is telling her story through a video series called The Living Compassion Project with videographer and close friend, Julie Epp. Having both witnessed the transformative power of storytelling, Julie and Sheena’s project encourages people to share their own stories – for personal healing, and also for the impact on others.    

*****

"Grobb's courage to step out of the safe spaces pays off with poetic lyrics, varied styles, syncopated rhythms, beautifully discordant piano stylings, jazzy guitar licks and a breathy, pure and powerful voice. Musically, Safe Guarded Space is stunningly diverse, with flowing quartet accompaniment, classical guitar sequences, funky drumming and Grobb's unique and soothing vocals and harmonies." - Herizons Magazine, Album Review

"Sheena Grobb is one of the best songwriters I have ever heard!" - Legendary Radio Host Howard Manshein

"If you aren't already familiar with Sheena's music, Google her and have a listen. Outstanding. Having her perform in your home would be incredible." - Laurie Mustard, Winnipeg Sun

Lyrics

The Hard Way

Written By: Sheena Grobb

I’m gonna love you the hard way.
Like a child without permission to go outside and play.
Like a lonely river running to somewhere no one knows.
I am going to love you even if it never shows.

I’m gonna love you though it tears me to the bone.
A one way conversation with silence on the phone.
Like a tree that cannot bear a single piece of fruit.
I am going to love you until you pull this root.

And even then I don’t think my love could die.
And even then I don’t think my love could die.
And even then I don’t think my love could die.
And that’s why…

I’m gonna love you like the music no one hears.
Like a fine wine left un-tasted and aging through the years.
Like a songbird once heard singing that now has fallen mute.
I am gonna love you and there is no dispute.

I am gonna love you because I just do.

Discography

ALBUMS:

The Breakless Heart (2014)
Grow (2010)

Safe Guarded Space EP (2006)

Set List

Performances generally 1 to 2 hours of emotionally stirring, beautiful music and storytelling, or a 45 minute set of raw passion.

Typical set, solo or with the band, includes combinations of songs from albums The Breakless HeartGrow, Safe Guarded Space and cover songs.