On the eve of a tour across Quebec with a series of dates in the northeastern U.S., BEYRIES unveils Valhalla Dancer, a gentle, soothing ballad written on her piano, eyes closed, alone in the dark, as part of the Encounter sessions. Meditating on the meaning of death and the afterlife, BEYRIES delivers hopeful lyrics as she attempts to shed light on the unexplainable and contemplates the possibility of an alternative to the narrative of impending doom. Although the track did not make it onto the album, BEYRIES now offers it as a triptych with a solo piano take, as well as two other versions created by producers Pierre Marchand (Sarah McLachlan) and Alex McMahon (who produced both of her albums).
All three versions of the song are available on all digital platforms.
The video accompanying the solo piano version of Valhalla Dancer features BEYRIES alone in the dark, partially covered by shadows, delivering her haunting lyrics with a delicate and intimate approach. In all simplicity, the images are meant to reflect the comfort that BEYRIES' voice provides as she addresses a normally delicate subject in a serene manner in her song.
Earlier this year, BEYRIES released her touching cover of the Bee Gees' To Love Somebody, recorded in the studio with Pierre Marchand. Synchronized in an episode of the American series Grey's Anatomy, her stripped down version of the song reached the 6th position on Billboard's Top TV Songs chart in March, having been shazam-ed 60 000 times and accumulating over 750 000 streams to date. The morning following Grey’s broadcast, the song was at the top of iTunes Canada’s Songs chart and Tunefind’s Most Popular Songs Right Now chart.
Accumulating 3 million listens on streaming music services since its release in November 2020, Encounter also received a nomination for Contemporary Album of the Year at the Canadian Folk Music Awards. The album continues to capture audiences' ears to this day, thanks to tracks like Graceless, a poignant Springsteen-esque anthem, and Closely, a stripped-down song on which BEYRIES reveals herself. Each of the 11 songs on Encounter - produced by Alex McMahon - tells its own story. Through BEYRIES' continued dedication to the art of songwriting - from melody to harmonies to lyrics - the album elegantly and unpretentiously describes the heartfelt and enriching relationships we form throughout our lives.
BEYRIES has been touring Quebec for a few months now to present her new songs. After headlining the first night of the Montreal Jazz Festival, she announced a concert in Montreal that will take place on April 8th at the Corona Theatre. Accompanied by three musicians, she will continue performing around Quebec and make her way over to the Northeast of the United States in November. See all her show dates below and visit beyriesmusic.com for more details.
21/10/21 Longueuil, QC - Théâtre de la Ville COMPLET
22/10/21 Repentigny, QC - Théâtre Alphonse-Desjardins
23/10/21 Québec, QC - L’Impérial Bell
29/10/21 Ste-Geneviève, QC - Salle Pauline-Julien
30/10/21 Victoriaville, QC - Le Carré 150 - Salle Les-frères-Lemaire
07/11/21 Saint-Hyacinthe, QC - Centre des Arts Juliette-Lassonde
10/11/21 Boston, MA - The Middle East
11/11/21 Philadelphie, PA - First Unitarian Church
12/11/21 Washington, DC - DC9
13/11/21 New York, NY - City Vineyard
14/11/21 Burlington, VT - Higher Ground
16/11/21 Carleton-sur-Mer, QC - Quai des Arts
17/11/21 Rimouski, QC - Salle Desjardins Telus
18/11/21 Amqui, QC - Salle Jean-Cossette
19/11/21 Baie-Comeau, QC - Centre des arts de Baie-Comeau
20/11/21 Sept-Îles, QC - Cégep de Sept-Îles
26/11/21 Val-Morin, QC - Théâtre du Marais
27/11/21 St-Eustache, QC - Centre d’art La Petite Église COMPLET
09/12/21 Laval, QC - Salle André-Mathieu
10/12/21 Saint-Jérôme, QC - Théâtre Gilles-Vigneault
22/01/22 Waterloo, QC - Maison de la culture de Waterloo COMPLET
11/02/22 Sainte-Thérèse, QC - Cabaret BMO
12/02/22 Sherbrooke, QC - Théâtre Granada
17/02/22 Alma, QC - Boîte à Bleuets
18/02/22 St-Félicien, QC - Cégep St-Félicien
23/02/22 Toronto, ON - Horseshoe Tavern
24/02/22 Ottawa, ON - Centre National des Arts
25/02/22 Mont-Tremblant, QC - Église du Village
04/03/22 Chambly, QC - Pôle culturel de Chambly
19/03/22 Brossard, QC - Le Club DIX30
08/04/22 Montréal, QC - Théâtre Corona