Snapshots in Song Celebrating the Magic and Mystery of Motherhood …
TOUR GUIDE by CHERI MAGILL
“Somewhere between the serene estro-pop of Sarah McLachlan, the angsty girl-woman guitar-rock of Michelle Branch, and the hushed playfulness of the country diva of your choice (Shania, Faith, et al), Cheri Magill radiates the kind of natural warmth and personal connectivity some of the above have paid handlers millions for.”
– Bill Frost, Salt Lake City Weekly
Award-winning independent singer/songwriter Cheri Magill breaks new ground with her third album, Tour Guide, whose ten songs are snapshots of motherhood that deliver sage wisdom with a saucy touch and a positive outlook. Tour Guide is set for release on May 4, 2018, in time for Mother’s Day.
Produced in Nashville by Cason Cooley (Ingrid Michaelson, Ben Rector, JJ Heller), Tour Guide offers the perfect setting for Cheri Magill’s impressive delivery of lyrics that shape in song the universal feelings of motherhood, from quietly reflective to outrageously joyful.
I can relate to this…
Cheri Magill explains, “I felt drawn to write about motherhood because it has stretched me more than any other thing I’ve been a part of in life. I don’t write about it because I believe I’m a perfect mother. I write about it because many times I’ve struggled and grasped at straws. I’ve locked myself in a closet, so I could cry and eat chocolate. I’ve wondered if I was doing it all wrong. But I have also found my heart bursting and doubling in size as I’ve watched my children grow and teach me how to love unconditionally. I believe that mothers need to feel they aren’t alone, and they need to know someone else feels the same way they do. I want this album to be that healing and nurturing power for mothers.”
As a a parent/ caregiver you can not listen to this album and not help but, feel the emotion behind the lyrics of the songs. The video i shared below , “Tour Guide” had me in tears as a mom of two young girls. It made me realize that as our children grow we have a short period of time to guide them and show them the way before they are out and about on their own. Give the song a listen and feel the emotions like I did…
Album highlights include the title track, with motherhood personified as a tour guide, and “Brave,” with its driving rhythm and colorful orchestration backing up Cheri Magill’s soaring vocals that are packed with bold optimism and more than a hint of iconic heroism.
“Lasso the Moon,” which features an impulsive dance beat, is an example of the consistently inventive quality of Tour Guide’s arrangements, courtesy of producer Cason Cooley. “You Are Here,” a song with which every parent can identify, is well served by the irresistible nature of Cheri Magill’s lyrics, while “Crazy” has a jovial bounce, accenting the warmth radiating from the purity of Cheri’s voice. The song “Better” offers a calming gesture and a current of joyous ebullience. On each track, Cheri Magill’s gentle lyricism overflows with stylish good humor that dazzles the listener at every turn.
Born in the tiny, one-stoplight town of Elkhorn, Wisconsin, Cheri Magill grew up playing the piano and singing with her three sisters and realized early on that music was her passion. Following high school, she moved to Utah to major in music at Brigham Young University, studying voice and completing an elective track called “Media Music,” which included classes in songwriting and recording. Upon receiving her B.A. in Music, Cheri began recording and performing professionally, releasing two albums, Ready (2004) and Chasing Yesterday (2007), and touring throughout the West and Midwest.
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CD Details: Tour Guide
Label: Red Shoe Records
Release Date: May 4, 2018
SRP: $9.99 digital download; $12.97 physical CD
Run time: 31 minutes
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TOUR GUIDE TRACK LIST:
Lasso the Moon
You Are Here
Don’t You Forget
I highly recommend saving the date, May 4th and adding Tour Guide to your album collection and/ or downloads.
Tour Guide will be available for download at digital retailers such as iTunes, Google Play, Bandcamp, and more. Physical CDs will be available at CDBaby and cherimagillmusic.com. Streaming will be available on Spotify.
Hope you enjoy Cheri’s album as much as I have.
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