June’s Featured Artist is Missy Bauman, an alternative folk artist from Brantford. Bauman has a number of awards under her belt – including the Hamilton Music Awards for “Best New Artist” and “Rising Star.” She has played with the Arkells, Feist, Sarah Harmer, Bahamas, and more, and is currently gearing up for her first cross-Canada tour to promote her album, “Don’t Fear the Dark.” On Friday, June 2, Bauman will be kicking off the tour at 7pm at the Glenhyrst Art Gallery of Brant’s Coach House Stage (20 Ava Road, Brantford).
Bauman moved to Brantford when she was 11. She was inspired in grade 5, when her music teacher set out ukuleles for the class and noted that the nicest ukulele – a special one painted white – was for the best player to use at the Christmas recital. She was so determined to play the white ukulele that she practiced for hours every night, and fell in love with the creative learning process. After the recital, she got her first guitar, and wrote her first song after a couple of months practicing.
When she started to write, her songs were what she calls “light and fluffy.” Since then, she has worked to challenge herself through writing unique melodies and chord structures, and by tackling difficult and unpopular subject matter. “There are enough love songs out there,” she says. “I want to share something different.” Through art, Bauman is unafraid to share her feelings and her stories. “I feel brave when I am singing. I feel like I become the person that I want to share with the world.”
After finishing high school, she decided to peruse music professionally. She enrolled in Seneca’s Independent Music Production and Independent Songwriting and Performance programs, where she has learned about audio engineering, songwriting, and the music business. She became involved with a number of songwriting communities, sharing knowledge and feedback with professional musicians.
For Bauman, “art is a rollercoaster.” She notes that sometimes there will be shows that are thrilling and profitable, but alternatively “there will also be shows where you want to curl up under your bed and only emerge to eat an entire pizza.” She says that the only thing that will keep artists sane during these trying times is to “have faith in your work, and believe in your art.”
You can keep up to date with Missy Bauman on her website, or by following her on Facebook or Twitter.
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