Written by: Rob Latham
Photo by: Sai Sivanesen
The classic story of small-town girl looking to make it big in the bright lights of the city is a dream almost come true for pop singer/songwriter Sara Giguere.
Moving into a new decade sees the Toronto-based singer, who hails from the town of Iroquois Falls near Timmins, Ontario, going it alone in the music world and looking forward to the release of her debut single.
Having given up on the idea of trying to setup a band in Toronto, where she moved to fulfill her dream of being a musician, Giguere is now fully focused on a solo career with a new-found confidence in her undoubted singing talents.
As she explains: “When I moved to Toronto I wanted to get out there so bad and so I tried looking for band mates and people I could write with. I just wanted to perform but at the end of the day I don’t think I was on the same page as everyone else and it became harder to forge that relationship.
“Six months ago I realized I could do this on my own and with the help of some amazing people I was able to get my voice out there and write again, I believe I’m still meant to do this.”
Giguere‘s style is intriguing, with a strong focus and passion for the meanings of lyrics and keeping her songs from the heart and honest.
“I find writing lyrics is so hard, I want what I sing to be honest and I want to believe in all the words,” she said.
“And because of that I write from experience. I write what is true to me. But at the end of the day my inspiration comes from the world around me, it comes from past relationships, losing someone close, finding love.”
Giguere‘s influences are wide-ranging and as a result so is her music, which from song to song can switch from fast-paced tracks to a slow ballad depending on the theme, but the main focus of what drives her to write music are artists whose lyrics appeal to her.
Giguere said: “Most importantly I adored a few artists, like Jason Mraz and Martina Sorbara of Dragonette, for their writing styles, it may not be similar to mine but the way they capture words is amazing.
“But what I listen to is always changing. I listen to what moves me, what makes me feel good or what makes me feel sad, not necessarily what’s big right now.”
Giguere has always had a strong musical background from her upbringing and inherits her writing skills from her mother and performing abilities from her father, who used to play shows on the guitar and harmonica when she was a child.
Giguere explains: “Music was always a big part of my life growing up and my parents did the best they could at involving me in anything musical.
“My family had no idea I could really sing until one year my dad bought a karaoke machine before Christmas when I was 12 and my mom asked me to try it. I remember I sang a Christmas song and that’s when my parents realized: ‘Hey, she can sing.’”
Giguere certainly has a knack for writing a catchy pop song and when you throw her unique sounding voice and good looks into the picture she is certainly onto a winning combination.
To check out Sara Giguere’s music visit her MySpace page.