On this episode of Finding Your Bliss, we have award-winning Canadian acapella group Countermeasure. Anyone who has seen the film, Pitch Perfect, knows that there is something instantly feel-good about a group of talented singers who sing without instrumental accompaniment. Think everything from pop to jazz to original music and their voices alone make it all happen musically. Artistic Director Aaron Jensen and one of their singers, Hayley Preziosi are on the program to tell you all about what makes Countermeasure, “Canada’s leading acapella group,” so joyful, so creative and so infectious! We also will hear some songs from their latest album, “Guest Sessions.” And Countermeasure has just released the video for HOLD ON – the first single off their concept album, Guest Sessions. Countermeasure’s musical director, Aaron Jensen, composed HOLD ON, inspired by a conversation with bandmate, and vocal soloist Qwyn Alexis. The song reflects the experiences of motherhood: the fear and helplessness of setting your children out into the world, and the hope that by instilling them with love, decency, and pride, they’ll be equipped to face whatever life has in store. The track features award-winning Toronto-based vibraphonist, Michael Davidson.
Hold On Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kfFfKS0djVE
Also- fun fact, Aaron Jensen was also the Musical Director for 4 seasons, of the 9-time Emmy Award-winning hit TV show Schitt’s Creek. And he talks about working with creator and star Dan Levy, Eugene Levy, Catherine O’Hara, Jennifer Robertson, and much more. He also talks about working with Mariah Carey on Barack and Michelle Obama’s Youtube Special “Class of 2020,” which was a Youtube Virtual Graduation for the Graduating Class of 2020.
Great stories about Countermeasure are shared and of course, we play four tracks from their latest concept album, “Guest Sessions.”
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