A Musical Journey Uniting a Family of Musicians
This was a long time coming, a collaboration well overdue for this musical family of 4 musicians from Prince Edward Island, Canada. A mother and her 3 children coming together to celebrate in the best way they know how: through music!
Who is The Roots Project?
The Roots Project features 4 Acadian musicians from Prince Edward Island, Canada; a mother (Louise Arsenault) and her three children (Angie, Melissa & Jonathan Arsenault).
Music has played a very big role in this family for many generations and The Roots Project is a display of a great heritage that continues to be passed on. With Louise’s traditional background, Angie’s experimental-pop approach, Melissa’s grasp for harmonizing, and Jonathan’s folk-rock influences, you are sure to hear a melting pot of sounds coming together in a musical bond that loudly sings “family”.
The 4 members have officially released their album September 19th thanks to the generosity of many followers who have helped crowd-fund the project.
Musical Style: Traditional Acadian, folk & Irish
Instruments: Fiddle, feet tapping and guitar
Louise, the mother hen, has had a long and impressive career in music, playing the fiddle in traditional/folk settings all over the world. Her part in the group “Barachois” is a highlight to her long list of projects, taking her to all 4 corners of the planet with her vibrant and energetic fiddle playing and feet stomping. If you carefully witness her fiddle playing in action, you may see the smoke rising from her bow.
Musical Style: Rock & industrial pop
Instruments: Lead vocals, piano and electronic programming
Angie, the first born, is no stranger to the music scene, nor to the crowd funding approach to music making. She has successfully completed 2 projects recording her 2 first albums “Once Upon A Dream” (gothic-pop-rock) and “Shadow Revelations” (electro-industrial-pop). She is a singer-songwriter, piano player, composer and producer who loves to surprise her audience with concept performances… even playing percussion parts… with water!
Musical Style: Alternative, pop and rock
Instruments: Vocal harmonies and percussion
Melissa, the middle child, made her first appearances on stage accompanying her older sister, either stepdancing her way into the crowds hearts, or singing back up harmonies at the tender age of 8. She may seem shy at first glance, but don’t be mistaken by the initial softness in her sweet voice… because it can get quite loud! When the coast is clear, she plays “People are Strange” by the Doors on her mom’s piano. She thinks no one is listening…
Musical Style: Traditional, bluegrass, country and rock
Instruments: Guitar, banjo and vocals
Jonathan, the baby of the family, is a jester of modern times. Always clowning around, you wonder how his music could be taken seriously… until you hear him play. He started off playing the violin like his mom, but ended up settling on acoustic guitar along with… whatever instrument is at his disposal. He has accompanied Mother Hen on many occasions, bringing the house down before a crowd of thousands of spectators. He is your favourite house party jammer who will make you laugh, and then make you cry with envy. Yep, we have put the baby on a pedestal yet again.
How did this project see the light of day?
This project’s success was not only based on the dedication and hard work from the 4 members of this musical family, but also on the help of friends, other family members, and followers from around the world, called “Rootsters”, who have been “Rooting” for The Roots Project and who have become a part of this album endeavor, showing their support by contributing to the funds required to produce the album.
The funding campaign which ended on May 24th, 2014
raised over $16 000 through crowd funding
All songs by The Roots Project
Produced by Angie Arsenault
Recorded and mixed by Jean-Pascal Comeau
Mastered by Jean-Pascal Comeau
Cover Artwork by Sébastien Malherbe
Illustrations by Angie Arsenault
CD Back Photo by Bernice Arsenault
Guest musicians: Rémi Arsenault on Bass, Pascal Richard on Dobro and Amy Richard on Accordion.
Guest singers for family choir on “We Will Rise Again”: Shelley, Giselle, Kim, Brittany, Chelsea, Amy, Nathan and Emma.