Toronto based retro-soul artist Claire Davis serves up her latest soulful banger ‘Long Gone’ from forthcoming 7” vinyl release on LRK Records. A jewel of Canada’s Soul scene, Claire takes it up a notch and showcases her mighty vocals on the new fiery breakup single.
Drawing from her influences of the likes of Etta James and Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, the unrelenting rhythm and sassy background vocals of this track complement the “take-no-mess” message of Davis’ lyrics and vocal delivery. A song about knowing your worth and walking away from those who don’t!
Davis explains: “My songwriting in the past year has been reflective of how I’ve been releasing things that are no longer serving me. Through the process of grief, I feel that the pandemic has shown me how important and limited our time is, and if we are in situations where we are not being valued, we need to walk away. ‘Long Gone’ is about knowing we deserve better than any situation or relationship that’s diminishing our joy. I really wanted this track to reflect the “take-no-mess” attitude that I think we should all have when it comes to protecting our worth and loving ourselves. Having my three best friends singing the call- and-response background vocals on this tune is very representative for me of how my chosen family always has my back.”
Claire Davis is an analog enthusiast, opting to record to tape whenever possible to best capture the feel and energy of a live performance and this single does not disappoint. The track was co-written by Toronto based artist Kyla Charter and producer Scott McCannell whom Davis has excitedly collaborated with for years on various other projects in Toronto’s R&B/Soul scene. The saucy background vocal arrangement from composer/arranger La-Nai Gabriel provided the icing on the cake for this record which features dynamic background vocals from Aphrose, Tegan Michelle Gordon, and Chynna Lewis.