Few Years Down the Road
Vancouver duo and former Salmon Arm residents Kelsey Ngai and Bonnie McGrew have released their second CD, entitled: 'A Few Years Down the Road'. Indeed the CD is already off to a good start, receiving airplay on radio stations in BC and Ontario. Four years ago the duo, known as Opening Axe, released 'Accidental' which lead to critical acclaim, unexpected high sales and radio airplay. It became the highest selling album in the Shuswap,and was purchased by fans from Brazil to Baltimore and Iowa to Switzerland. The song Tragedy won awards and was placed in regular rotation on select radio stations. Their music video aired on a nationally syndicated tv show, they were invited to play showcases such as New Music West, and were named winners of the Okanagan Grown Band Competition. The new CD was produced by former Salmon Arm resident Mike Southworth at Creativ Studios in North Vancouver. Unlike the initial CD which was recorded over just 3 days, they were able to spend weeks on each song and the final product took over two years to complete. 'We were really happy with how well each song was produced, and we think the album showcases our versatility, while at the same time maintaining the integrity of our acoustic duo' said Kelsey. 'A few Years Down the Road' highlights how the ladies have matured as songwriters and musicians. Songs range from a rocky 'Get Ready' to the jazzie 'Mess of Mine' as well as a beautiful acoustic ballad in 'So Close So Soon'. The final song, 'A Few Years Down the Road' was written about leaving home and the beauty of Kalamalka Lake, where the duo have written some of their favorite songs over the years. Kelsey is currently in her 4th year of studies at UBC, focussing on music, while Bonnie works in the music industry as an assistant to a management company which works with names such as Hinder, Faber Drive and Jessie James. The new Opening Axe CD is currently available through the following avenues: CD Plus in the Picadilly Mall in Salmon Arm and Village Green Mall in Vernon, as well as i-tunes (search Opening Axe), CDBaby.net/openingaxe, or by mailing $20 for CD and postage to Box 1342 Salmon Arm,V1E 4P5. (cheques payable to Bonnie McGrew) Contact Info: e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.