“Stand Anthem” by Beverly Glenn-Copeland

Beverly Glenn-Copeland's "Stand Anthem" is Northern Transmissions Song of the Day
Beverly Glenn-Copeland photo by Brianna Blank

The Ones Ahead is Glenn-Copeland’s first studio LP in almost 20 years and the first since the extraordinary career renaissance triggered by the rediscovery of his now-classic Keyboard Fantasies album. Today, Beverly Glenn-Copeland returns with another preview of the record with the track, “Stand Anthem.” The song is a collaboration between Glenn-Copeland and his longtime partner Elizabeth, an artist and playwright. She prompted Glenn-Copeland with an idea for a song within her play that would “leave the audience knowing of our collective power,” and “Stand Anthem” was born.

Glenn-Copeland says: “‘Stand Anthem’ was originally a song written to represent the essence of a one-woman show Elizabeth wrote, entitled, ‘Bearing Witness’. She wrote, produced, directed and performed in the show which was workshopped with the support of that inimitable (and now late) Canadian dramaturg, Sharron Pollock with the support of Mount Allison University. In the show, I and an Indigenous elder represented ‘the voice of the elders’. This was Elizabeth’s visionary, earth-activist show, and utterly brilliant.”

The Ones Ahead was recorded in collaboration with producer John Herberman and Indigo Rising (Bianca Palmer, Jeremy Costello, Nick Dourado, Carlie Howell and Kurt Inder), the band who accompanied him on his inaugural European tour, who’s playing lends a cinematic richness to these intricately textured electroacoustic arrangements. The album was recorded in a remote studio in Nova Scotia in late 2021, then finished in 2022, with Herberman recording live from the floor, capturing the dynamic interplay among the group.

Transgressive has also announced the reissue of Beverly Glenn-Copeland’s 2004 album Primal Prayer. The newly re-mastered album will be available on CD and double vinyl on September 1st and will be the first time the full album will be available on vinyl. Primal Prayer features the song “La Vita” which was recently sampled by the xx’s Romy on her new solo record Mid Air out the same week. Lyrics from ‘A Song And Many Moons’, the final song on Primal Prayer, are also featured in Elliot Page’s new best-selling memoir Pageboy. The re-issues of two of Glenn’s early works will also be available next week – Beverly Copeland and Beverly Glenn-Copeland. Both originally released in the 70’s these two out of print works have become widely sought after by collectors. Revered as modern jazz-folk masterpieces, they have been remastered and re-cut for release by Guy Davie. Both works will be available on CD and Vinyl and out July 7th. Fans can pre-order both Beverly Copeland and Beverly Glenn-Copeland now.

Stream “Stand Anthem” by Beverly Glenn-Copeland HERE


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