Pamela Brennan

Pop / Folk Rock / Acoustic

 Artist Pamela Brennan
Montreal-born Pamela Brennan began performing as soon as she was able to get out from hiding behind her mother’s bell-bottoms.

Excruciatingly shy as a child, Pamela found self-confidence through performance; first banging away on a piano, then jumping around in a tutu, and finally settling in behind the microphone, the most comfortable place so far.

Always struck by singers who had the ability to reach deep inside and speak directly to their listeners, Pamela’s influences include performers like Ella Fitzgerald, Marvin Gaye, Joni Mitchell, Patsy Cline, Shelby Lynne and Gillian Welch. Singers with soul and purpose.

A founding member of independent Ottawa pop/rock band Hennessey, Pamela co-wrote and performed on their debut disc Dig It Up (1996), which attracted such diverse fans as Hockey Night In Canada’s Ron MacLean and author Daniel Richler.

Relocating to Toronto in late 2000, the band released their second album Life on AM Radio (2001), a more cohesive production which found its way onto the college radio charts, received commercial play across Canada and video play on MuchMusic, and gained support from new fan Mike Bullard, who booked them numerous times on his late night CTV show “Open Mike”.

Hennessey toured across Canada and opened for well-known Canadian artists 54-40, Big Sugar, The Grapes of Wrath, Tegan and Sara, The Skydiggers and The Waltons. Always hard at work (once playing 7 gigs in 5 days!), the band spent 5 years playing extensively throughout Ontario  in order to support the promotion of their albums, but finally had to call it a day in 2003.

Free to explore a new creative direction, one that would allow her to speak to an audience on a more intimate level, Pamela set to writing and performing solo for the first time in Toronto, where she still resides.

Co-produced with singer-songwriter/producer Peter Murray (Wooden Stars) at his Junction Soundbox studio, Pamela’s debut solo album One Hundred Photographs is personal and immediate, with lyrics and arrangements that evoke a melancholy, bittersweet feeling and draw the listener in.

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