It's all coming together for All Mighty Voice

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Prince Albert’s All Mighty Voice, with Lucy James standing in the back and (left to right) Ian Dickson, Abraham Lancaster, Shayne Lazarowich and Jordy Balicki, play the E.A. Rawlinson Centre on May 29. Tickets, which are priced at $20, are going fast.

 

This won’t be a time that Prince Albert’s All Mighty Voice soon forgets.

With their initial CD released earlier this month and their first Western Canadian tour underway, a huge prize awaits upon their return to Prince Albert next week. All Mighty Voice plays the E.A. Rawlinson Centre on May 29 at 7:30 p.m., with the Allyson Reigh Band opening.

“We’re on cloud hard nine right now,” Jordy Balicki chuckles.

The band, which also features Shayne Lazarowich, Lucy James, Ian Dickson and Abraham Lancaster, was reached in their Calgary hotel on Wednesday morning prior to a show there later in the day.

They’ve already played Lloydminster, Banff, Saskatoon and Regina and will head out to B.C. for a handful of shows there.

It’s their first time embarking on a larger tour.

“We’ve had a really good response from the people at our shows,” Lazarowich says. “And the CD that we’ve just released, we’ve got that in the hands of quite a few people so that’s encouraging.”

The CD, entitled All For One, is also available on iTunes.

One of Lazarowich’s jobs after the interview was to ship a CD to Holland to a music fan who wanted the physical product rather a download.

“That’s kind of cool,” he says.

The first tour together can be an enlightening experience for groups as the members spend a lot of time together. Balicki says it’s has been a blast.

“Going on the road can make it or break it for some bands and it’s definitely made us,” he says. “We’re having a lot of fun, doing a lot of stuff together. Any time we get some down time, we’re together; we’re always laughing, we’re always joking. It’s been great so far; it’s only going to make us stronger musically and as a family.”

Lancaster says the band knew when it formed two-and-a-half years ago that it would make an album, a commitment honoured by “consistently working hard and writing and playing and practising in order to achieve it. And we’re seeing results.”

The work on the CD began in September before they earned a recording grant that helped out with costs.

Jordan Smith engineered and produced the album at The Avenue Recording Company in Saskatoon, which closed at the end of March after losing its lease.

All Mighty Voice went into the studio hoping to duplicate the energy of their concerts as much as possible.

“We didn’t want it sound flat or compressed,” Lazarowich says. “We wanted something that really breathed and sounded live.”

The music itself has elements of folk, alternative country and pop with tight harmonies.

The band just received the CD recently, a special moment all in itself.

“It felt really good,” James says. “It looks beautiful. We’re really happy. It’s just that satisfaction of having the product that you worked on so hard; to have it in your hands is awesome.”

Lancaster says it also boosts All Mighty Voice to another level.

“It makes it legitimate,” he says. “When you have a barcode on your CD and you have album credits and you have to have copyright, it really feels like a whole new level for a band like us who maybe wouldn’t have done that if we hadn’t been in a band together. We may not have had that kind of product and successful feeling as musicians.”

James says that the band may take a brief hiatus to recharge its batteries during the summer but that it’s important to keep working to get it to music fans. The band can be found at their website www.allmightyvoice.com and also on Facebook and Twitter.

The upcoming show at home remains a week in the future but it’s on their minds.

“It’s a super exciting honour to be able to play at the Rawlinson in our hometown,” James says. “It’s a great venue and great people come out. We’re so excited to play in such a nice place and have the support of our community.”

Balicki agrees.

“Even though we’re from P.A. and based out of P.A., we don’t actually play there as much as we like,” he says. “So it’s a really special opportunity to come back off of our tour and play in Prince Albert for our family and friends and everyone who has supported us from the beginning.”

Lancaster says this is the first tour and the first album of what they hope are many in the band’s future. He says as long as All Mighty Voice stays true to itself, big things could lie ahead.

“We eventually want to do this full-time and in order to do that you have to start somewhere. It’s not an overnight process.”

Organizations: Prince Albert, E.A. Rawlinson Centre, Calgary hotel The Avenue Recording Company Rawlinson

Geographic location: Saskatoon, Banff, Regina B.C. Holland

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