After five albums with Winnipeg pop duo Keith and Renée, singer/songwriter Renée Lamoureux is set to release her debut solo album, I Fall for You.
Lamoureux says she’s set songs aside since 2005, songs that didn’t necessarily fit with Keith and Renée, but was hesitant to record and release them.
“I kept coming up with excuses for why I couldn’t do it,” Lamoureux says.
“Last year, Keith and I were in Nashville and my sister and cousin had joined us on tour.
“We had a day off and my sister and cousin decided they were going to go skydiving.
“I don’t know what possessed me but I joined them, something I thought I’d never do.
“There I was, jumping out of a plane and I remember after I landed I thought ‘If I can do that, I really have to finish this album,’” she says.
Upon returning to Winnipeg, Lamoureux called up Doc Walker guitarist Murray Pulver to see if he’d be interested in producing I Fall for You.
He agreed and the two set to work finishing and recording the songs in Pulver’s home studio.
Lamoureux says the relaxed environment, in addition to Pulver’s laid back demeanour, calmed any fears she had going into the process.
“I’m sure he has no idea he did it, but he indirectly taught me to be laid back,” Lamoureux says.
“I tend to be more of an everything has to be perfect kind of person, but the challenge here was to step back and let the flow happen.
“With the surroundings and his energy, it was actually quite easy to do,” she adds.
In addition to Pulver, Lamoureux co-wrote songs with country songwriter Janice Starodub, her Keith and Renée cohort Keith MacPherson and Franco-Manitoban musician Nadia Gaudet, the latter helping her pen Je t’aimerai mon amour.
Born in and raised in Île-Des-Chênes, Lamoureux speaks fluent French, but admits when it comes to songwriting, she’s more comfortable with English.
“When it comes to writing French songs, I have to co-write,” Lamoureux says.
“I know Nadia is more advanced than me in French songwriting so I brought her the song,” she continues.
“I had the melodies and the idea but a lot of times my French lines don’t make a lot of sense.
“She cleaned it up for me.”
If you go…
Lamoureux releases I Fall For You tomorrow night at the Park Theatre. Less than Kind star Brooke Palsson opens the show.
• Tickets. Are $12 at McNally Robinson Booksellers, Music Trader and ticketbreak.com, or $15 at the door.