THE ALBUM ‘VICTORY’ WAS WRITTEN/RECORDED IN 2019.
THE ALBUM IS BRIGHT, BEAUTIFUL, FULL OF POWER, RESILIENT, AND TIMELESS. WHEN YOU WROTE THE ALBUM IT WAS INITIALLY INTENDED ON BEING RELEASED IN 2020. LITTLE DID YOU KNOW, 2020 WOULD LOOK A LOT DIFFERENT THAN ANYONE EXPECTED. WHAT WAS THE PROCESS OF WRITING THIS WELL-ROUNDED ALBUM? IS THIS A COLLABORATIVE PROCESS? HOW DOES IT FEEL THAT YOUR ALBUM HELPED PEOPLE THROUGH EMOTIONS THROUGH PROBABLY THE TOUGHEST YEAR OF OUR LIVES?
JANAYA MCCALLUM: This album was really unique because, a year before we went into the studio, we ran a crowdfunding campaign in hopes of raising enough to make something we were really proud of. We had 30 days to raise that money, and the people got us to our goal in about a week. It was remarkable. Because of that, we went into the process really feeling like these songs belonged to them. Not just those who donated, but everyone who listens. I think that humbling experience of being on the receiving end of generosity helped us really hone in on what we wanted to say with this album, and be a bit more brave about how we shared ourselves in it. This was also the first time we really spent a good chunk of time writing together. We took a few days and sat in the loft of our local church, chatting and writing and sharing life until we had a really clear vision of what we wanted to create. I remember we had a cork board full of our favourite art, some colour swatches, and a bunch of poems that we kept beside us all the time, just for inspiration and direction. I think this payed off, and we are proud of the cohesive story that Victory is. We are very humbled that it helped some people through this mess of a year. Music does that. It takes on a life of it’s own in spite of the writer, and resonates with people in ways we could never have conjured of our own wills. What a gift.
JOLISSA TRUDELL: I’d like to think the themes of Victory, light over darkness, disillusionment, resilience in chaos to name a few, are universal and timeless. However, the message had become particularly poignant. It’s been hugely edifying to hear some of the feedback from the album. We could never have seen this past year coming, but we were glad that Victory was there to see people through it.