“This record started out as a record of standards, old songs that everybody knew…but sometimes songs demand to be recorded…that’s kinda what happened here.” – ​​​​​​​​Kim Stockwood

BiopicWhen Kim Stockwood met with jazz great, Bill King, in 2016, she had already sifted through dozens of old standards and had a handful of songs she wanted to explore with him. As the pair spent time together, Kim’s vision for a record of standards developed, yet she still struggled with a couple of songs. Songs that weren’t standards that she felt should be. Songs that she wanted to sing and that she wanted the world to hear.

With the passing of her mentor, Ron Hynes, Kim decided that she must take the plunge, and she recorded Ron’s “Sometimes The Moon”. Kim’s relationship with Ron began when she first started singing in St. John’s in the early ‘90’s. Out of the blue, Ron called her and invited her to demo the song. It was a memorable moment for the new singer. She’d never met Ron but she was already in awe of his talent. It was the beginning of a long and close friendship. Ron never released “Sometimes the Moon” but Kim and Ron often performed it together. On one of these occasions, it was recorded live. Ron’s resulting guitar track anchors the new recording, allowing them to perform it one last time together. Kim’s desire to do Ron’s song justice compelled her to ask Ben Mink to play violin on the song and the result is a stunning version of “Sometimes The Moon” that Ron would be proud of.

The addition of “Sometimes The Moon” opened the door for Kim to include another long-time favourite. “When I Most Miss You” was written by Chris Faulk, a woman Kim forged a friendship with on one of her very first writing trips to Nashville. But the original concept for a standards record was not lost. The remaining four songs span four decades of music and include Canadian songwriter Ruth Lowe’s heartbreakingly beautiful “I’ll Never Smile Again”, a song recorded by Frank Sinatra that appeared as the first #1 on the very first Billboard chart.

Long-time Stockwood collaborators, Tim Bovaconti and Kevin Fox also guest on the recording.

The result is a lovingly crafted record that features Kim’s voice at its best accompanied by the legendary Bill King on piano.

Imagine That (Justin Tubb)
I wanted to be a singer because of Patsy Cline….in the beginning I learned every one of her hits…and then I found Imagine That. It was one of the first songs I ever played live…. one of her lesser known songs, Patsy released it in 1962.

I’ll Never Smile Again (Ruth Lowe)
One of the most heartbreakingly, beautiful songs ever written. And by a Canadian…after her husband tragically passed away in the first year of their marriage, Ruth moved back to Toronto from New York and wrote this song. It was first arranged and performed on CBC Radio by Percy Faith, who pressed a 78” single and gave it to Ruth. A little later she met with Tommy Dorsey, at the Royal York Hotel, who then played it for his new singer, Frank Sinatra….it was Sinatra’s first big hit in 1940 and was the first #1 song on the very first Billboard chart.

Sometimes the Moon (Ron Hynes)
Ron Hynes wrote this song over 25 years ago, but never recorded it. When I first started singing in St. John’s in the early ’90’s, he called me out of the blue and asked me to demo it. I was so honored, I didn’t know Ron but I was already in awe of him. We went on to become friends and I am proud to say that he was my mentor. Ron passed away in November 2015, and I miss him..…. I never thought I’d record this song without him, and thanks to his family I didn’t have to….

When I Most Miss You (Chris Faulk)

I met Chris Faulk on one of my first writing trips to Nashville and we quickly became friends . . . she nicknamed me Kelvis. I’ve recorded many of Chris’s songs over the years…this has always been one of my favorites.

Cryin’ Time (Buck Owens)
This was the last song we recorded. One day, all of a sudden, it popped into my head and I started singing it . . . and I couldn’t stop. I sang it for Bill and he said “we have to record this”. Originally written and recorded by Buck Owens, Ray Charles recorded it two years later. It became a huge hit and won him two Grammys in 1967.
We’ll Meet Again (Ross Parker and Hughie Charles)
This song was made famous during the Second World War by English singer, Dame Vera Lynn, also known as “The Forces Sweetheart”. It spoke to soldiers who were leaving their homes and going off to fight, and to the families left behind. I feel at peace every time I sing it.

Kim Stockwood is a born entertainer, an accomplished songwriter and a successful recording artist. Her career includes multiple hits both as a solo artist and with trio, Shaye. Kim’s last solo recording, Back to the Water, was a tribute to her beloved Newfoundland and garnered the ECMA that year for Roots/Traditional Recording. Whether she’s performing onstage, as a radio host, or on tv, Kim captivates audiences with her talent and charm.

Bill King is a musician/photo journalist/radio veteran whose credits reach back to the sixties when he was music director for Janis Joplin and Linda Ronstadt. Through the years, he’s worked with the likes of the Pointer Sisters and Martha Reeves. An award-winning producer, artistic director of the Beaches International Jazz Festival for twenty-eight years, and a former producer/broadcaster at Toronto’s Jazz.Fm91, Bill continues to work in radio as both an MD and host. King’s productions and mentoring has helped launch the careers of many prominent Canadian singers. King has close to a hundred recording credits.

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Sometimes The Moon

October 20th, 2017
1. Imagine That
2. I’ll Never Smile Again
3. Sometimes The Moon
4. When I Most Miss You
5. Cryin’ Time
6. We’ll Meet Again

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