Known for intense, roiling live performance, signature soaring vocals and warm, disarming on-stage humour, New Brunswick's soulful roots artist Mike Biggar is a definitive natural live performer. Add to this a gutsy and bluesy delivery, reflective of his childhood roots in gospel music. Then underline it all with his infectious melodies and compelling, soul-baring lyrics and it becomes clear why Biggar is described as a unique breed of singer-songwriter. His songs have earned him affection from listeners and accolades from industry. His prowess to translate the potency of his recorded material in acoustic solo/duo shows is distinct, effective, and even a bit spiritual. But the deep imprint he leaves on listeners confirms why his music has been marked by acclaim and awards since his entry in 2009.
After just two short years on the East Coast music scene, Biggar received the 2011 Music New Brunswick Award and the 2012 East Coast Music Award for 'Spiritual Recording of the Year' for his much-loved Christmas album 'The Season'. Soon after he partnered with Kitchener-Waterloo Onatrio based Roots music record label Busted Flat Records for distribution of his release 'Feels Like Now' (10/13). Biggar's sophomore album was awarded the 2014 Music New Brunswick Award for 'Country Album of the Year' and was nominated for the 2015 East Coast Music Award in the same category. Biggar has also received Music NB nominations for SOCAN Song of the Year and Video of the Year, and his songs have achieved finalist status in the International Songwriting Competition.
And now with the release of his third full-length album 'GO ALL IN' on Busted Flat Records (03/10/2017), Biggar offers a fresh helping of his songwriting prowess that has twice earned him Music New Brunswick Awards (2011, 2014), an East Coast Music Award (2012) and numerous other nominations and acclaim.
GO ALL IN is a roots music evolution for Biggar, achieved by connecting more deeply than ever with his own musical history. Both sonically and in substance he pays particular attention to his childhood roots in gospel music and the cultural influences of his life on the East Coast. The result is a delightfully eclectic offering that comprises a compelling representation of Biggar's musical lineage. Track to track, GO ALL IN tells a stylistic musical story - from the foot-stompingly fun bluesy acoustic lead-off 'Blood From A Stone' down through brass-backed, soul-stirring Memphis nods like 'Go All In' and 'If It Was Easy'. Biggar's penchant to co-mingle heartbreak and intimacy is well displayed with ballads like 'Leaving These Days' and 'Kinda Sad'. And his noted tradition for top level co-writing continues, pairing with East Coast Blues marvel Charlie A'Court, Newfoundland producer/R&B artist Chris Kirby, and Canadian Country hit-maker Chris Cummings.
Of his production and arrangements Biggar says "It was a total delight to craft such a diverse musical narrative with this album. I was proud to highlight my band's skills, and the various song stylings led to some wonderful collaborating, such as Scott Neubert's marvelous Nashville work on traditional strings like mandolin and pedal steel, and the Los Angeles-based Martin Brothers and their power-packed horns. And I am so proud of the fantastic fellow East Coast artists with whom I got to write for GO ALL IN...I can't wait for friends and fans to hear it!"
A featured performer on major East Coast festival stages including the iconic Stan Rogers Folk Festival, the Cavendish Beach Music Festival, the Kempt Shore Folk Festival, the Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival and more, Biggar has shared the stage with artists such as Steve Earle, Gordie Sampson, Matt Andersen, Stephen Fearing, Lynn Miles, Dave Gunning, Ron Hynes, Rose Cousins, Del Barber, The Brothers Landreth, and more.
2017 sees Biggar touring like never before with extensive booking across Canada and into the USA, and GO ALL IN creates a beautifully potent Roots music calling card that is sure to garner fresh affection from familiar listeners and make new fans wherever it is heard.