Steven MacDougall

Steven MacDougall

 Halifax, Nova Scotia, CAN
SoloAmericanaAcoustic

An accomplished songwriter and dynamic performer with infectious lyrics reinforced by commanding grooves. MacDougall is an award-winning musician and recording artist - has toured Canada Japan China with his band Slowcoaster. He has just finished a tour of the Maritimes for his CD Cruel Unusual.

Biography

Steven MacDougall is making a name for himself with his second solo release, Cruel & Unusual." Described as the work of a world class songwriter, MacDougall draws from a diverse musical vocabulary, Folk, Country, R & B, and Rock and Roll, all influenced by his Cape Breton musical roots and world-wide travels with his band, Slowcoaster. The songs on Cruel & Usual showcase the skill of one of Canada's rising songwriters, along with the sincerity and power of MacDougalls distinctive vocals.

MacDougall is backed on the new album by Ed Woodsworth, Jamie Foulds, Slowcoaster bandmates Mike LeLievre, Brian Talbot, and the vocal talent of the Dingwall Sisters. From the introspective Oh My God, to the heartbreaking Cruel & Unusual, these songs highlight the considerable skills of one of Canadas premier performing and recording artists while revealing a more thoughtful side of MacDougall and his growth as a songwriter.

In 2005, MacDougall began writing with Gordie Sampson netting two co-writing credits on Sampson's CD, "Sunburn." In 2007 he netted four co-writing on Sampson's record, "For the Few and Far Between." MacDougall has gone on to write more than 75 songs in Nashville in the past year alone, including two covers on Jimmy Rankins award winning Here In My Heart, several co-writes on George Canyon's new CD, including the hit song "Slow Dance" performed by George Canyon.

More recently, MacDougall has been working with George Canyon on a number of projects, resulting in Canyon's latest hot single, "Slow Dance," which is currently #41 and climbing (week of September 16, 2013) on the Canada-Country chart (link: https://www.facebook.com/georgecanyon/app_178091127385 ).

When not writing and performing his solo work, MacDougall is frontman and principal writer for the multi-award winning Cape Breton rock band, Slowcoaster.

MacDougall has been Musical Director for the ECMA Awards Show and was a member of the three-person writing team that composed the music for the 2010 Paralympic Games. MacDougall shares his experience during the summer, teaching and mentoring young writers at The Gordie Sampson Songcamps.

MacDougall has shared the stage with Gordie Sampson, Bruce Guthro, J.P. Cormier, Lennie Gallant, Rita McNeil, Matt Mays, Ron Hynes and many others.

Awards & Nominations:

2011 Winner of the ECMA Award for Alternative Rock Album of the Year - Slowcoaster - The Darkest of Discos

2011 Winner Music Nova Scotia Group Recording of the Year - Slowcoaster - Darkest of Discos

Credits:

"Slow Dance" - George Canyon -- (2013 Universal)

"I'm Just Saying" - Jimmy Rankin - Here In My Heart (2011 Universal)
"Maybe Nothing" - Jimmy Rankin - Here In My Heart (2011 Universal)
"Business As Usual" - Something Good - Business As Usual (2011)
"The Love of Lost Sake" - Colin Grant (2012)
"Hangman" - Gordie Sampson - For the Few & Far Between (2008 turtlemusik)
"Flying So Low" - Gordie Sampson - For the Few & Far Between (2008 turtlemusik)
"The Hour I Need You Most" - Gordie Sampson - For the Few & Far Between (2008 turtlemusik)
"Are You Sleeping" - Gordie Sampson - For the Few & Far Between (2008 turtlemusik)
"Spanish Bay" - Max MacDonald - Songs of Home (2008)
"All I Know" - Gordie Sampson - Sunburn (2004 turtlemusik)
"Beautiful Girl" - Gordie Sampson - Sunburn (2004 turtlemusik)

Lyrics

Sing Me to Sleep

Written By: Steven MacDougall

I'm going to bed
so put out the fire
been that kind of day
even angels are tired

pull down the blinds for the evening
lock all the doors if your leaving

I want you to stay
here with me
And sing me to sleep

I wanna bend till I'm broken
cry till I'm soaking
so sing at the top of your lungs

I'll give you a key
if you want it
make some room in my closet
you park your car in my drive way
we'll sleep till noon every Sunday

I want you to stay
here with me
And sing me to sleep

So turn out the lights
bring your self near
whisper a tune you think I'm dying to hear

you rest your head on my shoulder
before the night grows any older

I want you to stay
here with me
And sing me to sleep

I wanna bend till I'm broken
cry till I'm soken
so sing at the top of your lungs

I'm going to bed
so put out the fire
been that kind of day
even angels are tired


Don't Hold your Breath

Written By: Steven MacDougall

They did a study on the lions down in Africa
how they always put their pride before their love
It doesn't really add up mathematically
but nothing like this ever really does
nothing like this ever really does

Theresa claw foot tub in a hotel room in Albany
I think I left a novel on the bed
It was filled with pain, blood and guts and agony
you couldn't believe a single word you read
couldn't believe a single word you read

Don't hold your breath
don't hold your breath yet
no wait is worth it
no love is perfect
you could dig so deep
you'd never find your way out
you can close your eyes
but don't hold your breath

swimming in the puddles of the afterglow
in the better half of a Sunday afternoon
you grab your hat and keys cause you have to go
if your leaving well I hope your leaving soon
if your leaving well I hope your leaving soon

Don't hold your breath
don't hold your breath yet
no wait is worth it
no love is perfect
you could dig so deep
you'd never find your way out
you can close your eyes
but don't hold your breath

Cruel and Unusual

Written By: Steven MacDougall

I let it slide

Between you and I

one night in February

speaking in tounges

smothered in hugs

one night in February

I hate you just for asking

I'll give you it this time

I've come too close for comfort

but I ve never crossed the line

if this is a confession, then Im bearing half my soul

stop acting like you dont already know

its cruel and unusual

how some one so beatuful

could turn on a dime

like wiskey to wine

its cruel and unusual

we shared a ride with nothing to hide

one night in February

went in alone, sunk like a stone

one night in February

I don't blame you for trying

cause I ve been there before

you take more than you give til there just ain't anymore

If this is a confession then I'm bearing half my soul

stop acting like you don't already know

its cruel and unusual

how some one so beautiful

could turn on a dime

like whiskey to wine

its cruel and unusual


Black Guitar

Written By: Steven MacDougall

In an empty room with hardwood floors

a cardboard box of knives and plates

my baby navigates to the bathroom down the hall

she said her record player skipped into jail

her cowboy boots got stumbled off her feet

by the city streets

but you can always make it home

I saw a black guitar dated 1942

the sign said it was stolen once

to prevent its own demise

from a burning city on the north side

darling felt like leaving town

when the king of spades gave up his crown

she said everything on my blanket is for sale

they were living large in a house of cards

till the wind came in and razed their castle down

now the jacks the clown and the jokers run the show

I saw a Cadillac dated 1961

the licence plate said Hollywood

but the driver came undone

outside of the city

on the north side


Spanish Bay

Written By: Steven MacDougall

I once thought that everything was fine

in a borrowed house next to Number 6 mine

she said that she doesn't wanna stay

shed rather live on a farm in Spanish bay

would you still love me if I never had a penny or a dime

my hands are open and lately I ain't got nothing left but time

I'm to blame and I confess

I got a freckled child in a flower bag dress

would you come back to me if I said I'd move this farther down the line

both hands are broken and lately I ain't got nothing left but time

I'm to blame and I confess

I got a freckled child in a flower bag dress

she said that she doesn't wanna stay

shed rather live on a farm in Spanish bay


Oh My God

Written By: Steven MacDougall, Patricia Conroy

My god doesn't give me something just because I'm asking
My god's looking out for me with every moment passing
My god is a 1-800, fix your life, and help the bills get paid
My god is everywhere
My god is a quiet prayer away

My god's not a suit and tie that's hanging from a steeple
My god wouldn't pull the wool over the lonely people
My god wouldn't kick me out, lock the door, or never let me in
My god is a summer sky
My god is a whisper on the wind

When I'm breaking up or falling in love
When I've had too much or just not enough
Oh-Oh-Oh, Oh-Oh-Oh
My god

My god's not an info-mercial asking for your money
My god don't take attendance at the church on Sunday
My god wouldn't judge you for your music or the colour of your hair
My god is a friend of mine
My god always has the time to spare

When I'm breaking up or falling in love
When I've had too much or just not enough
Oh-Oh-Oh, Oh-Oh-Oh, Oh-Oh-Oh
My god

Discography

Steven MacDougall:

Cruel & Unusual (2012)
Spanish Bay (2005)

Slowcoaster:

The Darkest of Disco's (2010)
Leaves "Best of" (2008)
Future Radio (2007)
Where Are They Going (2004)
Accidents & Excuses (2003)