Caroline Wiles celebrates life’s unbreakable bonds with her touching new single and video Grateful — premiering exclusively on Tinnitist.
“I wrote Grateful for my sister,” the Ancaster, Ont. singer-songwriter explains. “Grateful is about our experiences, fond memories, and my love for her. I am releasing this song in hopes that listeners will think of their sisters and loved ones and share with them their deep appreciation. When I played Grateful for my sister, she cried. Seeing how it touched her is the best response I could ever hope to receive.”
Wiles’ first new music since her 2019 album Living In The Now, the homespun, heartfelt folk-pop of Grateful was sparked by the death of iconic singer-songwriter John Prine this spring.
“I have always admired John Prine’s songwriting skills. The day after he died from COVID, I sat and listened to his album Souvenirs and I ended up writing the song Grateful that afternoon,” she says. “Listening to his album reminded me that good songwriting often comes from true experiences and descriptive writing. Dealing with these difficult times brings into focus what’s really important in life. Family and relationships are at the top of the list.”
A self-taught artist and songwriter, Wiles has spent a lifetime honing and practising her craft. Her self-titled first album appeared in 2000, followed by 2006’s I’d Like to Know and 2016’s Lovers Lane. Her music has earned multiple awards and nominations, while she has shared the stage with artists such as Ian Thomas, Tom Cochrane, Tom Wilson, Blair Packham and Rick Fines — and moonlights in the local trio McCurlie, Doidge and Wiles.
Grateful was recorded and produced at Grant Avenue Studio by award-winning producer Bob Doidge. The video was created by Gary Greenland, Kevin Barber and Dave Mathews. Watch Grateful above, listen to Living In The Now below, and keep up with Caroline Wiles on her website and Facebook.