TORONTO, ON – March 25, 2022 – Today, Caroline Spence releases The Gift, the latest track from her forthcoming album, True Northset to drop on April 29. Alongside the release of the single, Caroline shares the video for The Gift. Listen to the single here and watch the video here

The song – a deeply moving meditation on the passage of time and the healing power of grief after a monumental loss – came to life during a writing session with Matt Koziol. 

Caroline recalls, “I had recently lost my grandmother when we wrote this, and we bonded over how we were both privileged to truly know them, even being let in on the harder parts of aging and time passing. We spent the morning sharing stories about them and we almost called it a day after getting stuck at the end of the chorus.”

But as any creative person can tell you, inspiration often comes from the most unlikely sources. “Then I remembered this card on my grandmother’s fridge — a quote from Eleanor Roosevelt.”

In a moment of kismet, she realized, “That same card hangs on my office wall, and I had seen it just that morning — ‘Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift.’ An idea sparked and I told Matt to hold tight as I untangled my thoughts and melodies and landed on the last line of the chorus — where the title came from. Then the rest of the song poured out of us.”

The heart-rending but ultimately hopeful lyrics reflect on the fleeting nature of time and the enduring power of love.

I still know your old landline
Called to say you’re on my mind
It’s a long-distance call to the phone hung on the wall
Inside the house that doesn’t change at all

Usual questions overdue
It’s not where your mind’s running to
You say all your favourite days are forever flown away
It’s hard to hear you say that

Time isn’t always what you thought
But you’re gonna leave this place 
with it written on your face
It’s the only thing that we’ve got

And the only thing worth spending in the end
It’s the present, that’s the gift

The follow-up to 2019’s critically acclaimed, Mint Condition—hailed by Rolling Stone as a “gorgeous reflection on finding peace amid upheaval”—True North took shape from a deeply collaborative process between Spence and producer, Jordan Lehning (Rodney Crowell, Andrew Combs). The album features 12 brand new songs written or co-written by Spence that explore the full spectrum of the human experience: love, growth, grief, and the endless complexities of human nature. 

Spence has added new dates to her spring tour and has confirmed appearances at a number of festivals taking place this summer and fall. A full list of confirmed dates is below, and more shows will be announced in the coming weeks. 

3/25 - The Burl, Lexington, KY (w/Ian Noe) SOLD OUT
3/26 - The Burl, Lexington, KY (w/ Ian Noe) SOLD OUT
4/26 - Milkboy, Philadelphia, PA
4/27 - Rockwood Music Hall, New York City, NY           
4/28 - The Loft @ City Winery, Washington, DC            
4/29 - The Southern, Charlottesville, VA           
4/3 - The Evening Muse, Charlotte, NC            
5/6 - Off Broadway, St. Louis, MO       
5/7 - Fitzgerald’s, Berwyn, IL               
5/8 - Turf Club, St. Paul, MN  
5/11 - Basement East, Nashville, TN    
5/12 - Princess Theater, Decatur, AL (solo acoustic)   
5/18 - Mercury Lounge, Tulsa, OK        
5/19 - The Post at River East, Fort Worth, TX 
5/20 - Saxon Pub, Austin, TX   Saxon Pub
5/21 - Green Apple Arts Center, Eden, TX         
5/22 - Dosey Doe, The Woodlands, TX               
5/24 - Fayetteville Roots HQ, Fayetteville, AR 
5/27 - Eddie’s Attic, Decatur, GA           
6/10 - Stockholm Americana, Stockholm, Sweden        
6/11 - Ideal Bar, Copenhagen, Denmark            
6/12 - Oslo Americana, Oslo, Norway 
6/17 - Black Deer Festival, Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom               
8/12 - Outlandia Music Fest, Bellevue, NE
9/30-10/2 - Sisters Folk Festival, Sisters, OR 

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