Apricity Live @ The Hub (Photoset)
Apricity performing at The Hub in Kitchener, opening for The Dead Daisies, a musical collective featuring some of the best rock musicians from your favourite bands.
Fuelled by the creative inspiration of female vocalists such as Garbage’s Shirley Mason, Alanis Morrissette, and Blondie’s Debbie Harry, the debut single from Ontario’s Apricity dispenses equal amounts attitude and melody.
Teaming up with acclaimed producer Thomas McKay, Apricity was initially drawn to the Evanescence-inspired dark tones that permeate the track’s lyrics and music and says McKay was the perfect foil for helping ensure her songs were a stylistic good fit.
“I want to sing songs that move me; I wouldn’t want to have my name on something I didn’t feel” she says.
Once in the studio, Apricity recalls being slightly taken back with how the producer pushed her to strive for a consistent level of excellence. Driven by the song’s infectious and anthemic chorus, Apricity’s powerful vocals reflect McKay’s drive for perfection in the studio.
“Thomas was tough but in the nicest of ways. He was constantly pushing me to be better, and honestly, that’s exactly what I wanted to get out of this experience”.
Born in Scotland, Apricity immigrated to Canada as a child, but not before being bitten by the entertainment bug. In her formative years, the singer was a pageant show participant, auditioned for Britain’s icon tv show Top of the Pops, and also appeared on kids’ programs like Fun Factory before eventually comfortably settling into the world of musical theatre.
“It was being involved in different facets of entertainment that put me on the path to who I am today,” Apricity says. “Seeing people willing to invest their time and energy into me was inspirational. And now, I’m investing in myself. It’s been a tremendous amount of work but I’ve loved every minute of it.”
Now, on the cusp of what could be a big turning point in the singer’s life, she is nothing but grateful for the good fortune that has come her way so far.
“I feel so fortunate with respect to the way things have played out for me,” she says. “It’s been incredibly tough in some respects, but if it wasn’t for Covid, I might not have had the chance to work with Vic and Tom and this great team I’ve found myself with. So many people spend countless days and hours dreaming of what they want to do with their lives but then determine it’s not realistic. So for me, this whole experience just seems surreal.”