The Orchard releases new single/video “Bright Eyes”
The Edmonton-based duo The Orchard — comprised of singer/songwriters Kasha Anne and Mitch Smith — are making waves again with “Bright Eyes,” the latest single from their current album, The Great Unknown, released earlier this year on Royalty Records. The track is also accompanied by a video showing the full group in concert at Toronto’s Dakota Tavern.
“Bright Eyes” exemplifies the shift toward a more pronounced, full band Americana sound The Orchard envisioned for The Great Unknown, achieved with the help of veteran producer Jim Scott, whose resume includes work with Tom Petty, Lucinda Williams, Wilco and many more.
“Mitch and I have now been working together for six years, and it feels as if it has taken this long for us to discover who we are as artists,” Kasha Anne says. “The whole experience of making The Great Unknown felt larger than life, and I believe our souls are in this project. It sounds like us—how we sing and play our instruments, our influences, our passion and our lyrics.”
Kasha and Mitch bonded over an undeniable need to make music together, and even outside of the band, music dominates both of their lives. A graduate of the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Mitch is active within the Edmonton music scene as a teacher and community workshop organizer, while Kasha also teaches music.
Combining their talents proved to be the right decision, as within their first year together The Orchard had signed to Royalty Records and were recording their debut album, Southern Ground (2012). It immediately got the attention of the Canadian country music industry, bringing showcases at the Canadian Country Music Association Awards, along with steady radio airplay and festival appearances.
Second album, Georgia (2014) raised the stakes higher, as the group teamed up with JUNO-winning producer Russell Broom (Jann Arden, Chantal Kreviazuk), who focused on capturing The Orchard’s increasingly hard-hitting live sound.