“Civil Wray delivers this offering with an indie rock vibe, a twinge of country, and an infusion of Latin pop and soul that elevates her trademark smoky vocals.” -- NOW magazine
"Civil Wray...continues to explore new sounds that highlight her memorable vocals, her unique violin style and keep her audience captivated while always putting the song first." - BLOG TO
"De Boer (Civil Wray) creates a distinctive indie rock vibe with a touch of soul and country that intensifies her trademark smoky vocals." - FYI MUSIC NEWS
"Her new album, a self-titled project of seven songs, features Andrea’s fabulous voice in an intoxicating mix of soul, blues, rock, Latin rhythms, and even a bit of jazz...My only complaint about this album is that it ends after seven songs… terrific singing, first-rate playing (from musicians such as Champagne James Robertson, Robbie Grunwald, and Joshua Van Tassel, not to mention Andrea herself), and great songs all combine for a thoroughly enjoyable listening experience. Chances are excellent that you won’t want it to end once you’ve heard it either…" -GREAT DARK WONDER
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.
#1 CHSR TOP 30 Chart (earshot)
#1 CFRC Folks/Roots/Blues Chart (earshot)
#2 CJAM Folks/Roots/Blues Chart (eartshot)
#7 CJSF TOP 30 Chart (earshot)
#17 CJRU TOP 30 Chart (earshot)
#22 CJAM TOP 30 Chart (earshot)
#24 CFRU TOP 30 Chart (earshot)
#4 NATIONAL TOP 10 Folk/Roots/Blues Chart (earshot)
#36 NATIONAL TOP 50 Chart (earshot)
INDIEWEEK Semi-Finalist 2017
INDIEWEEK Semi-Finalist 2018