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Canadian Folk Music’s 2021 Emerging Artist of the Year, Noah Derksen is quickly becoming known as a songwriter’s songwriter. Hailing from the heart of the Canadian Prairies, Noah has spent years honing his craft up, down, and across North America and Europe. With a rich and soulful voice, Noah weaves poetry that sounds instantly familiar on first listen. He currently resides in the West Broadway neighbourhood of Winnipeg, Manitoba.
His third full-length album Sanctity of Silence (March 9th 2023) was released via Sympearned him another Canadian Folk Music Award nomination for Songwriter of the Year.
“This album represents a snapshot in my life. These past few years have been dominated by love—in its beauty and its hardships. These nine songs present the story of love from start to finish, from highway 17 in Northwestern Ontario to being devastatingly alone on my basement floor just two years later. The songs are ordered as I wrote and experienced them, and each capture a specific moment along this fated arc of love. Recording this album was the best form of therapy I could have ever hoped for.”
Teaming up again with Juno-winning producer Murray Pulver, the songs were developed with Noah's band (comedically dubbed Noah Derksen & the Overdrafts) and recorded at Signpost Studios in Winnipeg's West End. The album was shipped to multi Grammy-winning mix engineer Ryan Freeland (Bonnie Raitt, Ray Lamontagne) for the finishing touches.
Plus, Noah's got long, flowing auburn hair and a twinkle in his eye. What's not to love?