Civil Wray displays the fresh new musical and lyrical direction for Toronto singer/songwriter Andrea de Boer, which NOW Magazine has described as, “Indie rock, a touch of country, and an infusion of Latin soul that elevates her trademark smoky vocals.” The self-titled seven-track debut album was produced by Chris Stringer (Timber Timbre, Jill Barber), and features guitarist Champagne James Robertson, keyboardist Robbie Grunwald, bassist Devon Henderson and drummer Joshua Van Tassel.
Since the album’s release in the summer of 2017, it has peaked at #4 on the Earshot national Folk/Roots/Blues chart, and at #36 on the Earshot national album chart. The subsequent tour included a showcase at the Halifax Urban Folk Festival and a sold out Toronto launch at the Monarch Tavern.
As for the origin of Civil Wray, de Boer came up with the concept when contemplating retiring her previous moniker blueVenus. A friend suggested titling her next album “Civil,” a word that best represented how de Boer wanted to live her life. She later came across the word “Wray,” which in Old English means “to discover.” Putting them together gave de Boer the guidance of how we all can keep learning how to treat people better, and the essence of her distinctive sound.