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Growing up in the Prairies, singer-songwriter Cassidy Mann has been singing since she could talk. Her parents bought her a guitar as a birthday present when she was 9. By 14, she started taking songwriting more seriously and her emerging talent led to a nomination for Aboriginal Recording of the Year at the Western Canadian Music Awards. Still, she felt uncertain about the next step.
“In my early teens I wasn’t sure what music was going to be to me,” she says. “I was writing and playing shows a lot but after high school I studied film for a while and worked in restaurants. I definitely meandered a bit before really deciding that this is what I was going to do.”
By entwining her acoustic roots with gentle electronic textures, Mann finds her true voice on the upcoming single, “Election Night”. As a lyricist, she often reshapes a small moment into a powerful and poetic song that feels both personal and relatable.
She wrote “Election Night," tweaking the melodies with co-producer Roman Clarke, to capture the intense awakening and transformation that many people experienced over the four years of the prior presidency. The lyrics focus on a couple that moved beyond just friends that night but ultimately ended as strangers.
“I was watching people around me change or come into themselves as a direct result of social justice movements,” explains Mann. “It was becoming really clear what mattered to me when it came to morals, values and the kind of people I wanted in my life. I thought it would be really interesting to use that timeline as a sort of framework for a tragic love story. I hadn’t heard that period of time talked about in that context and it was fascinating to me so I did my best to write about it.”