Sydney Delong

Sydney Delong

 Toronto, Ontario, CAN
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"The vocal range of an opera singer, the stage presence of a rock star, and the skill of artists twice her age, (Sydney) Delong was both incredible and inspiring." Canadian Music Week Review, Antidotemag.com, 2015

Biography

Double Nominee: Best Singer Songwriter, Best Young Songwriter. Toronto Independent Music Awards 2015

Sydney Delong one of "15 artists not to miss at Canadian Music Week 2015." theaureview.com

"Sydney Delong stands at the helm of Canada's next great wave of powerful female vocalists." NXNE 2014 

"I’m completely hooked and enthralled by the story-telling ability this artist has.” Toronto Independent Music Awards 2014

Emerging artist Sydney Delong, just 20 years old, has already appeared at Canadian Music Week, NXNE, Summerfolk, Indie Week Canada and the International Folk Alliance in the US.  She’s released 2 EPs of original music, been nominated as CFMA Young Performer of the Year, and had a single in rotation on Sirius XM’s CBC Sonica Channel.

Originally from Oakville, Sydney has performed at great Toronto venues including The Hard Rock Cafe, The Horseshoe Tavern, The Rivoli, The Painted Lady, Duffy's Tavern, The Dakota, Supermarket, C’est What?, The Cavern, The Old Nick, The Central and Free Times Café.

Sydney has been compared to such strong, unique vocalists as Joni Mitchell, Alanis Morissette and Joanna Newsom – but she’s most proud of nominations and awards for song writing, recent nominations as both Best Singer Songwriter and Best Young Songwriter from Toronto Independent Music Awards (TIMA) 2015.

After gaining national TV exposure as a finalist on a teen talent search reality show (out of 6000 teens who tried out!), Sydney was motivated to start building a fan base for her unique sound by doing shows anywhere she could -- from Burlington and Barrie to Owen Sound and Sudbury.  Sydney released a demo EP, Rose Red, Black Stone, while just 16 and two years later released her second EP, My Vow to You, as she turned 18.  In a review in newcanadianmusic.ca, Kerry Doole wrote: "Hard to believe Sydney (Delong) has just turned 18, as she shows real vocal and musical maturity on her second EP, My Vow To You. "Widowed Danger" and the title track hint at Alanis, and all five original tunes are convincing. Clearly one to watch closely, as we predict a (de)long career."

The genre that defined Sydney’s earlier days was folk. “I’m too young to sing the blues,” she would joke with audiences at 16 and 17. But today Sydney considers herself more of an alternative artist – the folk sound is still there, but combined with a rock edge, hip-hop pacing and old-world chanteuse elegance. 

Sydney is proud to perform in support of non-profit organizations for fundraising and awareness building. She has raised her voice to help stop sex trafficking and rehabilitate victims in Cambodia with Voices of the Broken. She has also performed to help raise funds for breast cancer research, and support local food banks as well as aids charities overseas.

Career Performance Highlights

      Folk Alliance International 2014, Kansas City, USA

     Canadian Music Week 2014, Toronto

      NXNE 2013 and 2014, Toronto

      Summerfolk Festival, Owen Sound

      Indie Week Canada 2012 and 2014, Toronto

      Girls and Guitars, Toronto

      Music City North, Toronto

      Voices of the Broken Concert Series, Toronto

      KOI Music Fest 2013 and 2014, Kitchener

      Sound of Music Festival, Burlington

 

Contact: info@sydneydelong.com

Media Contact: Richard Flohil, rflohil@sympatico.ca, 416 351-1323

 







Lyrics

Faint Heart

Written By: Sydney Delong


I saw the faces of a strange man
Who wore the clothes of a sunken man
He whispered fear everywhere he goes
Kept you open when you were closed
And sang his song into the sea

Chorus
Then he got on his knees and he said to me
Teach me how to die
I plagued the souls of such kind lives
And I looked into his eyes and saw these words, without a lie

I’ve got a faint heart, so do you
Kiss my lungs, and feel my grooves
Take my wish and lead me away
I’ll sing my song for you another day

Whisper softly, he said loudly
Don’t disturb the monster in the sound
Don’t take anything, don’t steal nothing
Not even your own, cause the hardest part is… finding your home

(Repeat Chorus)
Then he got on his knees and he said to me
Teach me how to die
I plagued the souls of such kind lives
And I looked into his eyes and saw these words, without a lie

I’ve got a faint heart, so do you
Kiss my lungs, and feel my grooves
Take my wish and lead me away
Sing my song for you and only today…

and it goes…la, la, la, la, la, la …

Then I looked Death in the eyes,
And asked “why are you so dark in the light?”
And how was all he could do was fight
He’s one of us, he’s just lost in the light.

Discography

2014 -- My Vow To You (5 Track EP)

2013 -- Sweet Nothing (Single)

2012 -- Rose Red, Black Stone (6 Track Demo EP)

Set List

  • Cruel Adore
  • I Want You to Want Me (Cheap Trick Cover)
  • The Other Woman
  • Sweet Nothing
  • The Only One
  • Wasted
  • Back to Black (Amy Winehouse Cover)
  • My Vow to You
  • Howl