"Singer and multi-instrumentalist Joanna Chapman-Smith, a Toronto native, recently returned to her hometown after living in Vancouver for a decade, which means we can now call her “Toronto’s Joanna Chapman-Smith.” And you’ll want to after hearing her third solo album, Love Me Deeply, an intimate grab bag of elements including folk, jazz, and blues, with lush string arrangements accompanying nearly all of its 11 songs.
Chapman-Smith plays several instruments on the album, including acoustic guitar and clarinet, but her most powerful tool is her voice. The dreamy opening song, “Paris,” demonstrates her beautiful sense of control over an instrument that has more muscle than she lets on. She hints at its expansive range on “Open Fire,” a tune that finds her gleefully comparing a returning love to her renewed vocal strength.
But more often, as on the jazzy “Thinking of You,” she keeps her singing on a low simmer, delicate yet deliberate. It’s an approach that suits her introspective, laid-bare approach to her music—you don’t put stickers on a Stradivarius."
-Lara Zarum, The Grid
"A fixture locally for a number of years, Chapman-Smith finally has made the record that the high points of earlier releases hinted at. It's the sort of love-and-loss album that can't but grab anyone who hears it by the gut too as her fluid, folky voice literally dances through heart-wrenching lyrics of despair and spiritual blackening yet leaves you smiling knowingly all the way. A-"
- Stuart Derdeyn, The Province
released January 12, 2013
Vocals, Guitar, Copper Pipes (track 11) and Clarinet (track 1)
Jonas Shandel, Sarah MacDougall, Andraya Starnino, Tim Mackey and Chris Suen
Mark Ferris (violin), Cam Wilson (violin), Kathleen Nisbet (viloin), Marcus Takizawa (viola), John Kastelic (viola), Martin Couzin (cello), Christina "Zippy" Zaenker (cello), Finn Manniche (cello), Connie Gitlin (clarinet), Jeremy Berkman (trombone), Jim Littleford (trumpet and flugelhorn), Joel De Stefano (piano) and Lindy Gray (bells)
Todd Biffard (drums), Patrick Metzger (double bass)
Albert St. Albert on hand percussion and vocals (track 6)
Mat Martin on banjo (track 4), tenor guitar (track 6) and steel strung guitar (track 8)
Jaron Freeman-Fox on violin (track 3 and 6)
All Words and Music by Joanna Chapman-Smith, except Track 3 by Joanna Chapman-Smith, Kate Reid and Sarah MacDougall and Track 6 Words and Melody by Andy Razaf & Don Redman
Produced by Joanna Chapman-Smith and Mat Martin
Vocal Arrangements by Joanna Chapman-Smith
Arrangements for Strings, Winds, Bells & Track 11 Male Choir by Elliot Vaughan
Engineering by Marc L'Esperance and Barkley McKay
Overdubbing and Mixing by Barkley McKay
Mastering by Russell Hepworth-Sawyer for MottoSOUND
Photography by Lindsay Dakin
Design by Mat Martin
THIS ALBUM IS DEDICATED TO ALBERT ST. ALBERT, WHOSE MUSIC AND GUIDANCE HAVE MEANT SO MUCH TO ME.
Another big thanks to my friends and family for the love and support ~ especially Elliot, Mat and Marc who have been so generous with their time and talents.
To Ian McLatchie, Ralph Howes and Uwe Runia: thank you for helping me get this album made. You are kind people in a big world.
To everyone else: You are rather fetching. Please enjoy this album I have made for you.