Local followers of the career of Jenn Beaupre will have another chance in the near future to see and hear her on the stage doing what she does best.
Last time inSide Drumheller caught up with Beaupre, she completed a stint with the Moscow Ballet and was getting ready to perform at the Vancouver Olympics. Today she is set to take centre stage at the University of Calgary Theatre.
“My tickets just went up on Ticketmaster on Saturday for a show October 7,” Beaupre said. “ It is a 500-seat theatre, so it’s ambitious.”
In 2008, Beaupre released her most recent CD, Lullabies for Grown-ups, and has been working to support it. This year she breathed new life into some of the tracks after heading to Kentucky to re-record. 97.7 FM Radio in Calgary funded the trip.
“Some of the songs are the same, and there are a few new ones,” said Beaupre.
“It’s a little more mellow. The tempos are down but it is crisper and cleaner.”
Another exciting development, she tells inSide Drumheller, is she shot her first video.
“I have two dancers who are just beautiful. They have both been involved is So You Think You Can Dance Canada and they did a lyrical dance to one of my tunes called 'What If'," said Beaupre, adding while it is an older song in her repertoire, it was one she re-worked with Duane Lundy of Shangri-la Productions in Lexington, Kentucky.
“It’s a really simple piano vocal,” she said.
She hopes to include the video as part of her performance in October. She envisions live dancers on stage as she performs while the video plays as a backdrop.
She also hopes to invite some of the artists she has worked with during her career, so the show has a cosy atmosphere of friendship.
Her recent experiences of recording and the shooting of her video have moved Beaupre artistically to a point that she has begun to start writing again. This excites her and she is about to embark on an ambitious direction with her music.
She said this might be the last “album” for her for quite some time. Because the music industry has been moving towards singles, she is following suit.
“Hopefully I’m going to be releasing a new song every two months, be it through iTunes or the internet,” she said. “It seems to me the industry is moving towards singles and really quick turnaround. People can look forward to hearing new stuff very soon.”
Those wanting to learn more about what Beaupre is up to can go to www.jennbeaupre.com or visit her Facebook page.