In an era where many independent artists opt to go alone rather than sign with a label, the new alliance of Patrick Ballantyne with Northwood Records reflects a shared synergy not often found between labels and artists, and the most salient ingredient is their mutual love of songwriting.
Patrick Ballantyne was recently named “Best Songwriter of 2014” by Now Readers. He is an established songwriter, having written with Canadian staples like Big Sugar and The Trews as well as emerging artists like Tim Chaission and Meredith Shaw. Northwood Records believes in giving artists flexibility and freedom to explore their craft, while being supported by a tribe of fellow creators.
“Northwood is a label that holds a high appreciation for the art of the song. Patrick Ballantyne’s experience and achievement in this area is superseded by one thing; his own appreciation for the craft of songwriting.” ~ Matt Connell (President, Northwood Records)
The alliance “re-introduces” Patrick’s back catalogue. His eponymous album has been reformatted to improve the musical flow, while his second release “Days of Rain’ has been re-mastered by Mark Plancke. Both albums will also feature a bonus track from the original album sessions.
“Northwood offers a tremendous amount of freedom to fully express myself as a songwriter and recording artist. I could ask for nothing more!” says Patrick.
Patrick will release his first single under the Northwood Records banner on February 13th. “She Loves A Man” — a light hearted, rockabilly via Dylan number that somehow reflects both its release date of Friday the 13th and Valentines Day! It will be available through the Northwood Records store (store.northwoodrecords.com) as well as the usual digital retailers.