An artist who directs those to the joy in the ordinary
Paige Ballagh is a singer/songwriter who started her career touring with her family band in Ontario, Canada. She has 20 years of experience in the music and entertainment industry, and her career spans proficiency in piano, step dance, fiddle, and vocals. Paige is currently a Student at Berklee College of Music and Harvard Edx, and has studied under the tutelage of Broadway vocal coach Liz Caplan Studios, world champion StepDancer Chanda Gibson Leahy, and renown fiddler Karen Reed. Paige has performed across Canada, USA, and Europe, including venues such as Monroes in Ireland, the Kravis Centre in Florida, and MainStage Disney. She has toured with bands like The StepCrew and has performed in seasons at the VPP and Drayton Festival theatres. Paige teaches voice, piano and song-writing, and has co-written songs with artists across Canada. She was awarded the Discovery Artist at Summerfolk Music Festival. She released her debut album in 2018, and is releasing more music in 2021. Paige is currently in the process of writing an all original Canadian musical about Canadian kindness in the face of COVID-19.
DEBUT ALBUM: SHOES UNTIED
I am a story-teller. I recount little moments and the big meaning behind them. I am a singer, a songwriter, a poet, a director, a teacher and a choreographer. I aspire, through all my work, to encourage authenticity and empathy. I believe in joy in the little things, in celebrating the ordinary and in connecting with others by first connecting with our truest inner self. I believe that noticing is a powerful tool, and that there's something to sing about around us at any given moment. My hope is to show that we're all a little better off when we feel fully, share openly, and grow in our appreciation for each other. One thing I know for sure is that we all have a reckless dreamer inside of us. Over time, we may learn to quiet the voice urging us to be better, to be bigger, to be our best. But it never goes away. Not until it's tended to and nurtured. I view my purpose as a nurturer. As someone who sees everyones desire and encourages bold steps in that direction. I intend to nudge people inward, trusting that everything they need is right inside of them.
When I am creating, I always pass my work past the question, "is it sincere?". I trust that the more honest I am in my story-telling, the more it will resonate with others. Although our paths are all different, we are all sharing in the human experience that poses the same root emotions regardless of our individual circumstance. I often look to nature for inspiration. The natural world is a great reminder that things come and go. Observing nature teaches me everything I need to know about being an artist. Not only is my work inspired by the actual topic itself, but my style evolves like the seasons. It's ever changing. Sometimes I write from the perspective of foggy confusion or a dark and cloudy day, but always with the certainty of blue skies behind it. The circumstances change, but it's all addressed from the perspective of my naturally sunny disposition; the steady blue sky, the canvas weather changes roll across. I aspire to create hopeful, thoughtful and enlightening work that washes over you with a certain familiar realization that we've all got worlds of light inside of us when we choose to see it. I aspire to help take the weight off. When people engage with my work, I'd like them to feel understood, validated, and encouraged, with a fresh perspective on what it means to be fully alive.
I grew up surrounded by music, and feel it is woven into the fabric of my being. My childhood memories are dotted with warm recollections of falling asleep to the sound of live music lazily wafting up the stairs to my bedroom like a lullaby. I was first on stage at three, and every moment on stage since serves as a reminder of who I truly am. It brings me back home. I've always been a singer. When I sit at a piano and talk to a crowd, I treat the space between myself and the audience as sacred, and relish in the understanding that we are sharing that once in a lifetime moment together. I continue to write and release my original music as a way of fanning my own flame and permitting those around me to do the same. I am currently compiling a poetry book, which serves as a way to stamp emotions and lessons in time, and document my moments of life-changing pivots as a reminder to myself and others of our inherent resilient and vivacious nature.
In everything I do, I want to be a breath of feel-good fresh air. I want to be someone who makes others feel heard, understood, full of life, and empowered. I want to celebrate the whimsy and magic in everyday life, act as a reminder of the magic inside, and love ourselves and others with a great ferocity. I want to be the lighthouse that shines bright enough to bring others home.