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Catherine MacLellan, P.E.I. singer-songwriter, launches new album, 'Coyote'

Award-winning singer and songwriter Catherine MacLellan is back with new album, Coyote.
Award-winning singer and songwriter Catherine MacLellan is back with new album, Coyote. - Contributed

Catherine MacLellan is back after a four-year break from her own singer-songwriter career.

The Juno award-winning performer took hiatus to celebrate the life and legacy of her late legendary father, Gene MacLellan.

During this time, she recorded and released the album "If It’s Alright with You: The Songs of Gene MacLellan," and produced a stage show and an award-winning documentary, "The Song and the Sorrow" – all in tribute to him.

Gene MacLellan is one of Canada’s most celebrated songwriters with international hits that include, "Snowbird", made famous by Anne Murray, and "Put Your Hand in the Hand" by Ocean.

“It’s been an important time for me bringing my father’s life story and music back into the world. I’ve learned a lot about myself and who he was. I’m ready, though, to get back to my own path and to bring these songs into the world. They’ve been waiting for me,” said MacLellan.

MacLellan released her sixth album, "Coyote". This self-produced record is a travelogue through heartbreak, loss, and the joy of life. The first two singles "Out of Time" and "Waiting on my Love" were released in advance of the full album, which is now available.

The album contains 14 songs that are reflective, heartbreaking, and hopeful. Songs were recorded and produced at MacLellan’s home studio in P.E.I.

“We can all find ourselves stuck in a relationship, a career or something that no longer serves us and holds us back instead. It can be very difficult to make a break, but the older I get the more I feel the urgency that there is no time to waste,” MacLellan said while describing her song "Out of Time".

“'Waiting on My Love' is about being in the moment and recognizing what you have in front of you. Love is never certain and is constantly evolving, but you can be aware of where you are right now and feel grateful for things as they are.”

Her last album of original material, "The Raven’s Sun", won a Juno for Roots Recording of the Year in 2015.

Her recent songs are a result of big changes in her life and perspective, which include a more traditional East Coast instrumentation of accordions, fiddles, and bouzouki.

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