Vancouver-based singer-songwriter Monica Lee will release her new album Farewell on July 24, but today she shares the first single, “Only One,” on all digital platforms. The lyric video premieres exclusively at Roots Music Canada [click logo below]. A classic country ballad with echoes of Patsy Cline, “Only One” is an uplifting moment on Farewell, inspired by Lee mustering the courage to propose to the man she would marry.
That’s just a taste of the range of emotion conveyed on Farewell, which ultimately celebrate our ability to survive. From a musical standpoint, it’s all brilliantly reflected in Farewell’s seamless blend of country, blues and jazz.
“These songs are all about relationships,” Lee says. “The album was sequenced to start with a feeling of letting go, then move through the various relationship stages and finally end with letting go once again.”
Farewell marks the end of a long creative journey that included Lee needing to adapt to using hearing aids, but on the other hand it’s the beginning of an entirely new musical identity. The late John Mann of Spirit of the West once compared Monica Lee to Joni Mitchell and it’s easy to agree after hearing her ability to balance confessional subject matter with observations of everyday life.