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From the Great Northern Plains, Little Miss Higgins struts and serenades her way onto any stage playing music brewed up in early country blues, jazz and folk. Set for release on October 6, her sixth studio album, My Home, My Heart is a collection of fresh songs from an artist who remains true to her roots, but has ventured into new territory. Her voice has never been richer or songwriting riper and the crew of Winnipeg musicians Higgins has brought together on this musical steamship shines with talent.
Recorded at The Song Shop in Winnipeg My Home, My Heart was co-produced with Scott Nolan and engineered by Jamie Sitar of Outta Town Sound. The album is an effortless addition to this artist’s impressive body of work. To top it all off, her hand-drawn ink artwork is used for the album cover design.
Today, Little Miss Higgins is sharing the video for the album’s title track, “My Home, My Heart”, a song which came to Higgins “out of love, out of being in love, out of giving birth to another human, out of opening my heart to universal love, out of being scared shitless of what’s going to happen next, but feeling strength from the love around me and within me.”
Musically, the song ventures into different territory, but resonates with the familiar Little Miss Higgins sound. “It’s actually a challenging song to play live - it hasn’t sunk into my bones yet,” says Higgins. “However, when we recorded it, the band got it, nailed it in fact, and Scott kept saying, ‘This song is the centrepiece of the album.’ I feel the same way.”
Little Miss Higgins (aka Jolene Higgins) was born in Brooks, AB, raised in Independence, KS, and currently resides in rural Manitoba with her partner and her son. Though motherhood takes up most of her time these days, she continues to perform, write, paint, and cultivate her creative spirit. As a songwriter and musician, Higgins has been influenced by a range of artists from Memphis Minnie and Billie Holiday to Joni Mitchell and Dolly Parton as well as the vast array of Canadian musicians and bands she has had the fortune to see live or even share a stage with like Big Dave McLean, Corb Lund, and the Deep Dark Woods to name a few.
In 2011, Higgins opened kd lang’s album release tour in Britain and has appeared live on many CBC radio shows such as Stuart McLean’s Vinyl Café and Michael Enright’s Sunday Edition. For over 15 years, she has performed, toured, collaborated, recorded, and released 5 independent albums. Her music has won three Western Canadian Music Awards and received JUNO and Maple Blues Awards nominations.