Raised on a healthy dose of the country music narrative and the spiritual motivation of gospel hymns, Toronto songstress Lydia Persaud is reconnecting with her roots on her debut EP “Low Light.” Set for an independent release on October 20, Lydia is thrilled to share the first single and title track off the album – listen here.

Winner of the 2013 Oscar Peterson Award, Lydia has had an active involvement in the Toronto music scene since her graduation from Humber College’s Jazz program. After performing internationally with The O’Pears and Dwayne Gretzky, and backing artists such as Lee Fields, Jill Barber, Royal Wood, Jadea Kelly and Karl Wolf, Lydia has emerged with her own voice in the world of folk-soul.

Low Light features many of Canada’s finest musicians such as Robbie Grunwald, Joel Shwartz (Birds of Chicago), Josh Van Tassel (Great Lake Swimmers), and Drew Jurecka (Jill Barber). Lydia’s intimate songwriting paired with subtle instrumentation inspired by her process of writing with voice and baritone ukulele is a highlight of the EP. Influenced by songwriters Eva Cassidy, Michael Kiwanuka and Ray Lamontagne, Lydia combines folk story-telling with a soulful vocal delivery.

Lydia will celebrate the release of the album with a hometown show on October 25 at the Burdock. She’ll be joined by special guest Ken Yates (who GDW interviewed last fall when he released his album “Huntsville”). Tickets are available now. Stay tuned for more tour dates, and new live videos at Lydia’s website.

Photo credit: Jen Squires

Pre-order “Low Light” here.