Royal Wood 'Burning Bright' on new LP

Canadian singer Royal Wood in Toronto promoting his new album on Tuesday April 29, 2014. (Stan...

Canadian singer Royal Wood in Toronto promoting his new album on Tuesday April 29, 2014. (Stan Behal/QMI Agency)

Jane Stevenson, Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 11:42 PM ET

Toronto singer-songwriter Royal Wood saw the light at the end of the tunnel and it ended up being his latest album, The Burning Bright.

Wood’s new collection, which sees him continuing to tour across Canada this spring and summer, came at an emotionally dark time in his life following the collapse of his marriage to fellow Canadian singer Sarah Slean.

He took off for Ireland for five weeks to isolate himself in a tiny cottage with no TV, cellphone or Internet, and write the follow-up to his 2012 pop-leaning We Were Born To Glory which garnered him a 2013 Juno nod for best adult alternative album.

“For me this was so much more than (a breakup album),” said Wood of The Burning Bright which includes the Top 40 hit Forever and Ever, which was written for a film project that never materialized.

“This was just a rebirth I guess. This was starting over again with everything in my career, and as an artist, and as a son to my parents and family member and with Sarah."

We caught up with Wood in Toronto's Liberty Village where he keeps an apartment to talk about going pop and bring .

Do you feel like you’ve come out the other end of your marriage ending? Or are you still figuring stuff out?

Life is a constant figuring out. If I woke up today and said ‘I’ve got it all figured out,’ I’d be lying to myself. I definitely found myself as an artist again. I definitely found myself, my place. I feel like I have my purpose again. And I lost that.

What is the status of your relationship Sarah now given you both work in the same industry in the same town?

It’s at a very healthy place. I’m sure there will be many events that will run into each other.

The album came out in mid-March but you’ve been touring Canada since January. How are the new songs translating in a live setting?

The shows are selling out. My life is great. But if I had ever said I’m going to do all of these things and know it’s going to work out, that would have been a lie. It took huge leaps of faith just wanting to be artistically fulfilled. True to myself again.

Why did you go pop on the last album?

I think I felt with (my 2010 album) The Waiting, there was so much success to that and a Juno nomination (for best songwriter) and suddenly I was thrust into this touring world that I had never experienced before and offers I’d never experienced before and I think I just also didn’t want to lose that. I think what every artist feels when they sort of have success is, ‘Okay, I have to top it!’ And this time around I didn’t want to top what I did with (We Were Born To) Glory, I just wanted to feel cathartically empty.

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