Lead Photo: Robert Poulton
Ontario-based all-female country trio Runaway Angel recently relesed their new single “Beach Please” on May 26th, the first new release since group member Cadence Grace was diagnosed with leukemia in 2018. This single release also marks Runaway Angel’s tenth anniversary as a group.
Since Runaway Angel’s formation in 2013, the women have been 2016 CCMA Discovery Artist nominees and celebrated 7 Country Music Association of Ontario nominations, two iTunes Canadian Country Top 5 charting albums, and a previous Top 50 Canadian radio hit “(Witness”). They have also toured Canada and Europe.
Following Cadence’s courageous journey – which included a personal blog, a life-saving bone marrow transplant, receiving the Extraordinary CML Story Award at the 2019 Chronic Myeloid Leukemia Network Conference, and earning the Country Music Association of Ontario’s Holly and Steve Kassay Generous Spirit Award – she and her fellow Runaway Angel members (Ann Chaplin and Stacey Zegers) have emerged stronger than ever. They’re also newly-signed to RÊVE MUSIC.
Co-written in Nashville with Kate Linné Malone, “Beach Please” is a sunny prelude to brighter times ahead and it’s the start of Runaway Angel’s next chapter.
I had the opportunity to chat with the trio (marked as R.A below) about their new single, their journey so far and what’s next.
Kat: Can you talk about the inspiration behind your new single “Beach Please”?
R.A: We really and truly just wanted to write a fun and beachy song. We didn’t want it to take itself too seriously, but to simply make people smile.
When we heard our co-writer Kate Malone’s cool bass groove, we were instantly hooked on it. Ann said “Beach Please” jokingly, but it stuck! The song was finished about two hours later.
Kat: What do you hope fans take from the track?
R.A: We really feel that a lot of people can relate to this. From busy parents, students, CEOs… EVERYONE has moments where they just want to escape. We hope this makes people smile and laugh.
Kat: What do you find is the most challenging part of your creative process?
R.A: Communicating your vision clearly can be extremely difficult. It is great when people are patient and help you dive into a concept; Additionally, it can be really hard to create something as great as you envisioned! Bringing a concept to life and doing it justice can be the hardest, OR the easiest thing in the world. It really depends and you cannot give up.
Kat: What has been a career highlight for you so far? What have you learned along the way?
R.A: Performing at Trackside Music Festival in London Ontario was a great moment. It was a huge stage and we had a lot of fans and loved ones cheering us on. We had been grinding and playing a ton that year, so even though Cadence was in the beginning stages of Leukemia, we felt so solid up there. Performing confidently is a wonderful feeling, and we felt so connected to each other in that moment because we knew we were preparing for hard times.
Kat: What else can fans expect from you for the balance of 2023?
R.A: Music! We are so proud of what we’ve written since our return and we cannot wait to share it. We’re continuing writing and recording some new music to release for you soon! We’re also really excited to play Harmoniafest this August. It’s an all-female festival and we love the founder, Nicole Rayy. It’s always amazing to celebrate girl power.