When people called her a singer/songwriter, Joni Delaurier used to be quick to correct them.
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"I definitely considered myself more of a songwriter/singer. It was an important distinction for me," says Delaurier. "Now, I feel like I have something to say as a performer, and it feels like people have gotten behind that. I'm grateful."
As a songwriter, she earned her stripes. Delaurier’s first cut, "Pickup Truck", co-written with husband Troy Kokol, was featured on country artist Shane Yellowbird's freshman release, "Life Is Calling My Name". At the 2007 Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) Awards, the song was nominated for Single of the Year, Video of the Year and Kokol and Delaurier were nominated for SOCAN Songwriter of the Year. The song ended up being one of the top 10 Canadian country singles in 2007 and won the duo a SOCAN award for Country Music in 2008, securing their presence in the industry as songwriters.
In 2009, Delaurier had another cut with Canadian country trio The Higgins. "Second Hand Car" was a top 40 success on Canadian country radio, and in the top 10 videos on CMT Canada. Delaurier continues to write and have cuts with artists on both sides of the border, including Tenille Townes, Bobby Wills, Mike Plume, Alex Runions, Chris Henderson and others.
Named after a Conway Twitty song (Don’t Cry Joni), and born into a large musical family, Delaurier comes by her talents honestly. "My mother has 15 brothers and sisters. They all sing and play guitar. I had to learn harmony just to get a word in edgewise," she quips.
As a performer, Delaurier has come into her own to give a voice to her songs. With a pure and vulnerable voice, and track after track of unapologetic lyrics and lilting melodies, Heart Like This creates a compilation of heartfelt songs that will resonate with multiple genres of song lovers.
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