Ghost Caravan – Damn You
Artist Name: Ghost Caravan
Song Title: Damn You
Genre: Electronic Soul
Release Date: September 28, 2018
Ghost Caravan – Damn You
Ghost Caravan is a group of collaborators led by Shaina Silver-Baird. Her “ghosts” are what inform the music that she writes. Whether they are the ghosts of specific people, the ghosts of past loves or the ghosts of experience, this caravan of ghosts is the origin of her songs. “My music is still about dark places, but I focus on finding the light, the moment when you realize your own strength and ability to move forward. I want to be proud to share my songs with young women. There are so many voices in the world telling women how to think and feel about themselves. I want to be the voice that celebrates women. I want to empower and uplift people.” On her recently released record T.O. Confidential, Shaina Silver-Baird collaborated with members of the Weeknd, Grand Analog, Hill Kourkoutis of the Launch, Martha and the Muffins, the Four On The Floor String Quartet, and many others. “There were so many amazing artists who collaborated on this project. It felt like a whole village came together to make this record and I’m so grateful to that community. I love creating music with other people. The end result is so much better because of the many points of view, different opinions, and experiences that are woven into each song.” The music itself is orchestral soultronica. The Ghost Caravan live show mixes electronic elements with live instruments creating a sound that is cinematic and invigorating. “I want to continue to push in the direction of personal/poetic lyrics coupled with grand, dramatic tracks. I want to develop the soulful core along with the orchestral element. It’s such an exciting sound – very contemporary and yet derived from something deeper and older. I love how celebratory it is. It’s as if we get to see the world through glasses that make the colors a bit more vibrant and the moments a bit more joyous. And getting to play these songs live with an all-female band is an exciting, powerful experience. Plus, it’s just so damn fun!”
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INTERVIEWS: Ghost Caravan (Shaina Silver-Baird) interview on “Here & Now” (CBC Radio 1) – “Damn You” featured as “Song of the Week”:
Tell us your real names, country of birth, and childhood experience.
My real name is Shaina Silver-Baird and I was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. I grew up on a steady diet of jazz, soul, and folk music, and my parents taught and performed traditional Balkan folk dance, so I was always around dance, music, art, and unusual sounds and rhythms. I began singing at my Bat Mitzvah because my coach was also a professional singer and I imitated her technique. She encouraged my parents to get me lessons and so it all began. I started doing musical theatre as a teenager which led me to get a BFA in Theatre Performance from York University. While I was there I dated a composer and watching him work I realized… wow I think I can write music too. I wrote my first song and haven’t stopped since.
Tell us your academic qualification.
BFA in Acting/Theatre Performance – York University Banff Citadel Professional Theatre Training program.
Tell us your genre and idea behind your music video/song.
The genre is orchestral, electronic soul. We mix soulful melodies and lyrics with elements of electronic pop and orchestral instruments with a focus on strings. With the video, we wanted to capture the song’s cheeky sense of abandonment and fun in an organic way while keeping our female musicians as the center focus. By creating a documentary-style environment, we allowed for an honest image of both Shaina’s and Odario’s (guest performer) personalities to shine through. This behind-the-scenes look really captured the energy that “Damn You” inspires; the dance party you see in the video was exactly what we experienced on the day – it was extraordinary and wonderful to capture the atmosphere of the band, the crowd, and the song all at once.
List your various works.
2016 – Heart (Single)
2018 – Shine On (Single)
2018 – Damn You (Single)
2018 – T.O. Confidential (Album) Music Videos Shine On (released Aug. 31, 2018)
Damn You (released Sept. 28, 2018)
Tell us how you are promoting your music.
We are working with Auteur Research and Nice Marmot PR as well as sending it out through all of the artist’s and manager’s (Popguru Sound & Vision) contacts. We are working with Popguru’s licensing department to place the songs in film/TV and commercials and have already secured 3 songs for a TV show.
Share your press release and reviews with us.
“Lushly-layered electro-pop with a rousing chorus and an upbeat message.”
– FYI News
“There’s such a natural flow between Silver-Baird and her collaborators who have come together to make something stunning.”
– O Boy Press
“Ghost Caravan is a fast-rising group of collaborators led by the brilliantly talented Shaina Silver-Baird.”
“Damn You is a song brimming with character and a whole load of melodic hooks. Upbeat, a little funky, and overflowing with charm.”
– Beehive Candy
Ghost Caravan is a group of collaborators lead by myself, Shaina Silver-Baird. My music is about dark places, but I focus on finding the light, the moment when you realize your own strength and ability to move forward. I want to be proud to share my songs with young women. There are so many voices in the world telling women how to think and feel about themselves. I want to be the voice that celebrates women. I want to empower and uplift people. Please take a moment and check out my ‘Damn You’ video. The song features Odario Williams of Grand Analog.
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On my forthcoming record T.O. Confidential, I collaborated with members of the Weeknd, Grand Analog, Hill Kourkoutis of the Launch, Martha and the Muffins, the Four On The Floor String Quartet, and many others. There were so many amazing artists who collaborated on this project. It felt like a whole village came together to make this record and I’m so grateful to that community. I love creating music with other people. The end result is so much better because of the many points of view, different opinions, and experiences that are woven into each song.
Explain the story behind the song.
With “Damn You” I set out to write a deep, sad, and heartfelt love ballad and failed miserably. My real-life relationship was going too well for that and I was stuck in writer’s block. So instead I wrote about my own situation. “Damn You” is about being in love with someone who knows you too well and makes you too happy to let you stew, self-sabotage, or write a sad song.
List the radio stations, television stations, and blogs that have aired or featured your new song.
CBC Here and Now – Song of the Week
Aesthetic Magazine – Premiere
O BOY! – Interview
That Buzzing Sound – Feature
The Popularizer Spotify Playlist
Talk About Pop Music Spotify Playlist
Talk About Pop Music Feature
American Top 40 Charts Spotify Playlist
Shareriff Spotify Playlist
Canadian Beats – Interview
The Future Is Female Spotify Playlist.
State the names of other members of your band, music producer, crew or music video director.
Michelle Faehrmann – cello/ backup vocals
Robin Hatch – keyboards/ backup vocals
Sarah Riegler – drums
Odario Williams (Grand Analog) – guest rapper
“Damn You” music video director: Niky Sweet Crew: Jacqueline DiBacco
“Damn You” written by Shaina Silver-Baird/ Matt Fudge/ Hill Kourkoutis/ Odario Williams/ Tim Abraham (SOCAN).
Published by Popguru Sound & Vision Ltd./Ghost Caravan Music (SOCAN).
Tell us other activities you are pursuing apart from music.
I am also a professional theatre, film, and TV actor.
Tell us how long you have been in the music business, your experience and your future goal.
I have been in the music business professionally for the past 6 years as a singer/actor and as a singer/songwriter/bandleader for folk band Crooked House Road before Ghost Caravan. Future goals include touring the world to play major festivals.
Tell us what makes you unique from others.
When I started the project I was so focused on being dark, showing my heartbreak and pain in order to be a “real artist.” But, I started to realize we don’t actually need more of that in the world. We need to be uplifted. We need to be able to access our murky depths, but we don’t need to stew in them. I want to empower people. I want to make them dance and make them smile. So my music is still about those dark places, but I focus on finding the light in them and celebrating the magic in the world. I’m focused not on the moment of despair, but the moment right after, the realization of your own strength and beauty and ability to move forward. Loving when it is hard… that’s heroic. That’s what I want to represent in my music. Ghost Caravan is the music you turn up with girlfriends before a night on the town, the music you make love to, the music for the highs and lows of life. I especially want to be proud to share any of my songs with a young woman or girl. I want every message to be one I want them to hear. There are so many voices in the world telling women how they should think and feel about themselves. I want the voice I’m putting out there to celebrate women and lift them up. Ghost Caravan songs are an explosion of celebration: of the feminine, of joy, of strength.