December 1, 2004

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Artist: Eikhard, Shirley



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Born: Shirley Rose Eikhard on November 7, 1955 in Sackville, New Brunswick

Daughter of legendary east coast fiddler June Eikhard, the family moved from the Maritimes to Oshawa, Ontario in 1963. At age 11 Eikhard began to play guitar and write her own songs. Her live debut came at age 12 at a fiddle contest in Cobourg, Ontario and she soon appeared at the Mariposa Folk Festival and made an appearance on the TV show 'Singalong Jubilee' at the ripe old age of 13. She was signed to her first record deal with Capitol at age 14 and was making appearances in such prestigious places as Las Vegas in her late teens.

Almost immediately her songs were being covered by Anne Murray (whose version of "It Takes Time" put Eikhard on high profile), Chet Atkins, Donna Ramsey, and The Sanderlings. She released here first, self-titled album in 1972 featuring the single, "Smiling Wine", which led to two consecutive Top Female Country Singer (1972 and 1973) Juno Awards.

By the mid-70's she was scooped up by Attic Records and she had her first legitimate solo hit with "Say You Love Me" in 1976. The same year, Fleetwood Mac would also send the song to the top of the charts with their 'Fleetwood Mac' album. In 1977 the song "Someday Soon" appeared in the soundtrack for the Gene Hackman film 'The Domino Principle' .

In 1982 she launched her own Eika Records so she could regain control of the creative aspect of her career. After blowing out her vocal chords 8 times in 5 years Eikhard retired from the live club circuit on June 12, 1986 at the Stage Door due to her severe allergy to smoke. Instead, she concentrated on her songwriting and following journeys to Nashville exclusively to write, made a comeback album in 1987 called 'Taking Charge' which featured help from Steve Sexton and producer Randy Kumano.

By 1989 the hits stopped coming and Eikhard hit emotional and financial bottom. To make a little extra money so she could maintain her one room flat in the Toronto Beaches, she registered with ACTRA and did bit parts in television shows like E.N.G.

But things started to look up again as her songs started appearing on contemporary radio by such artists as Kim Carnes, Emmylou Harris, Cher, Pointer Sisters, Ginette Reno Rita Coolidge, Alannah Myles ("Kick Start My Heart") and Bonnie Raitt ("Something To Talk About") which won Eikhard a Grammy Award. She also won a Juno Award in 1992 as 'Songwriter of the Year'.

Through the remainder of the '90s Eikhard managed to turn out a frequent spate of jazz albums.

Her song  "Tomorrow Is a Lonely Place" won first prize in the 2001 USA Songwriting Competition in the Jazz category. That same year, Eikhard produced, engineered and played all the instruments on the CD 'End of the Day'.

Stay Open was released in 2003 and was another showcase for her performing and songwriting skills. During 2003 she received a SOCAN Classic Award for the song "Something to Talk About."

She has continued to re-invent herself on new CD releases every two years as a pop artist, country artist and jazz artist as the muse hits her.

with notes from James Collins.




Singles
1972 It Takes Time/Something In Your Face (Capitol) 3197
1972 Smiling Wine/Together (Capitol) 3281
1974 Wherever You Go/Right On Believin' (Capitol) 3578
1974 Rescue Me/You Really Got A Hold On Me (Capitol) 3798
1975 Play A Little Bit Longer/Best Friend (Attic) AT-109
1975 Sure Thing/Leave The Windows Open (Attic) AT-120
1975 I Just Wanted You To Know/Walk Away (Attic) AT-125
1975 Say You Love Me/Child Of The Present (Attic) AT-129
1976 Let Me Down Easy/Child Of The Present (Attic) AT-141
1976 Don't Let Me Down/Strangers Now (Attic) AT-166
1977 Some Day Soon (Epic - US) 50358
1977 I Don't Want To Lose Your Love/Nothing To Lose (Attic) AT-176
1983 Something That Lasts/Clever Girl (Eika) 45-01
1986 It's Understood/C'est Entendu (Eika) 45-02
1986 Rumours/[same] (Eika/WEA) 45-03
1986 Always Someone Else/[same] (Eika/WEA) 45-04
1986 Nothing Like Love/[same] (Eika/WEA) 45-06
1986 Someone Else/[same] (Eika/WEA) 45-07
1987 While We're Still Young/I Get So Jealous (Eika/WEA) 25-80727
1987 Roll That Rock/Secrets (Eika/WEA) 25-81887
1988 You're My Weakness [7"] (Cypress) YY-0008
1988 Someone Else/You're My Weakness/Roll That Rock [CD] (Cypress) YY-0008
1995 Take The Fall (Eika)

Albums
1972 Shirley Eikhard (Capitol) ST-6371
1975 Child Of The Present (Attic) LAT-1007
1976 Let Me Down Easy (Attic) LAT-1021
1977 Horizons (Attic) LAT-1032
1987 Taking Charge (Eika/WEA) 25-48531
1992 2-4-1 Double Header: Child of the Present/Horizons (Attic) ACD-24120
1995 If I Had My Way (Select) CAN-9023
1996 The Jazz Sessions ( Eika) SEM-1196
1998 Going Home (Artisan/Blue Note) 72438-57890
1999 The Last Hurrah (Eika) SEM-1199
2001 End Of The Day (Eika) SEM-2001
2003 Stay Open (Eika) SEM-2003
2005 Country (Eika) SEM-2005.1
2005 Pop (Eika) SEM-2005.2
2006 The Holidays Are Here [EP] (Eika) SEM-2006
2007 Stuck In This Groove (Eika) SEM-2007
2008 Riding On The 65 (Eika) SEM-2008
2009 Just Call Me Alice (Eika/Outside) SEM-2009

Video
1978 Roll That Rock

Compilation Tracks
1998 "Nothin' Like Love" on 'Blue Note Festival '98' (Artisan/Blue Note)
1998 "You're My Weakness/It's Understood" on 'Critics Choice II (Sanni - UK) YL-0122



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