Charlotte Day Wilson - "Here You Come Again"
A native of Toronto, Ontario, Queer Pop, Funk & Soul singer Charlotte Day Wilson studied classical piano in childhood before teaching herself production via GarageBand as a teenager. She moved to Halifax, Nova Scotia to study music at university, but left school to focus on her career beginning with a stint in the funk band The Wayo. She self-released the EP Palimpsest in 2012 while living in Halifax, and followed up with the standalone singles "Avondale", "Stephen" and "Montreal" in 2013 and 2014.
The EP's song "Work" was nominated for the SOCAN Songwriting Prize in 2017, the EP was a longlisted nominee for the 2017 Polaris Music Prize, and Howie Beck received a Juno Award nomination for Producer of the Year at the Juno Awards of 2017 for his contributions to "Work" and Dragonette's "High Five". Wilson's video for "Work", directed by Fantavious Fritz, won the 2018 Prism Prize. Wilson and Fritz subsequently announced that they were using the prize money to create a special grant program for emerging female video directors.
2018 was a big year for Wilson with the release of her critically acclaimed EP, Stone Woman, as well as providing a sample for John Mayer's single, "New Light." To cap it all off, she released a cover of Dolly Parton's 1977 hit single, "Here You Come Again." Wilson's version is a stripped down, sparse take on the upbeat number featuring just her voice, her guitar and, later, some keys and simple harmonies.
The song is recognized as one of the country icon's first crossover hits, and it earned her the Grammy for Best Female Country Vocal in 1979, and as it turns out the Toronto artist's minimal soul is the perfect compliment to Dolly's timeless lyrics. Hear it below, as well as a new version of Wilson's "Doubt."
So today, with the sun coming back out, I choose Charlotte Day Wilson’s cover of Dolly Parton’s "Here You Come Again" as my, expect nothing and accept everything, rest easily, work hard, song for a, sometimes uncomfortable is ok, some days you just need to keep breathing, look no further than the happiness you already have, Monday.