Marc LaFrance has the Canadian Armed Forces’s back with his new single Northern Lights. The song arrives on Friday, June 25 — but the singer-songwriter is donating all the proceeds from iTunes preorders to military families via the charity Support Our Troops.
The latest work from LaFrance and long-time musical collaborator Roger Frankham, Northern Lights evokes the experience of someone separated from and missing their homeland. The song’s narrator, who has been living and working outside his own country for years, has his spirit restored when he can finally return home.
In singing the part, Marc drew on his experiences from the road, entertaining the Canadian Armed Forces in remote locations around the globe. “The dedication that these men and women in our military bring to their jobs every day is truly inspiring. Yes, we were there to entertain, but we also stayed with them, ate with them, learned their stories firsthand, many were real eye openers. I came away from each tour with a totally new respect for how they help serve and protect, while they and their families often sacrifice so much.”
Marc has toured internationally with Randy Bachman, Bachman & Turner, and his own bands for five decades, representing Canadian music to the world. Northern Lights can be seen as Canadian-themed, but will also connect with anyone, anywhere, who has spent time away from a home and a family they love. Accompanying Marc on the recording are some of Vancouver’s finest session musicians, including Cease & Desist bandmate Brent Howard, Thunderbird bandmates Kelly Stodola and Rob Becker, guitarist Roger Cranford, and keyboardists John Dean and Dave Stone. The song was mixed by the acclaimed Michael Brauer (Rolling Stones, Coldplay) and mastered by Joe LaPorta at Sterling Sound in New York City.
LaFrance is a well-known and highly regarded music industry professional with a career spanning five decades. A drummer, vocalist, producer, and songwriter on over 100 albums, Marc has performed in over 1,000 recording sessions and countless live engagements for some of the world’s biggest artists including Alice Cooper, Cher, Mötley Crüe, Bon Jovi, Carly Simon, Blue Murder, The Cult, David Lee Roth, Scorpions, Crowcuss, Chilliwack, Payolas, Loverboy, Trooper, Prism, Shari Ulrich, Bruce Miller, Straight Lines, Glass Tiger, Long John Baldry, Black Veil Brides, Michael Bublé‘s Christmas in New York and many, many more. You may also recognize his voice from the video game series Guitar Hero.