Katie Ditschun makes the most of her One Voice in her new single and video — showcasing today on Tinnitist.
“I feel disillusioned and dismayed about the ways people communicate these days — especially by what gets attention and engagement on social media,” the Ontario jazz singer-songwriter shares. “My own efforts at reaching an audience online focus on encouraging people to be kind and seeing the good in life; on finding moments of joy and beauty. But positive messaging has trouble competing with all the indignation, accusation, and animosity that people apparently prefer to spread.”
The song is the title track for the Alexandria artist’s newly released EP One Voice. Accompanied by warm, full-bodied piano, nuanced drums and heartbeat-like bass, Ditschun sings with a wholehearted melancholy of feeling small, or unheard, even as her voice glides, floats, shimmers and soars.
The message, though filled with sadness, is also one of hope and optimism. “I truly believe that the only thing that will change the world for the better is love,” she says. “It is incredibly easy to react in anger or pass judgment on others, but the effort it takes to act out of love is ultimately always worth it. It is my hope that with my one voice I can spread that message further and louder with the songs on One Voice.”
Ditschun is joined on the four-song EP by Mark Ferguson on piano, Tim Bedner on guitar, Normand Glaude on bass and Scott Latham on drums. “These jazz masters are extraordinary storytellers,” Ditschun says. “Each instrument gives life and adds color to the characters and events featured in these songs.”
The EP also includes a French version of One Voice titled Une Voix, a bilingual track called Un Oiseau that expresses a yearning to fly away and escape life’s challenges, and the Latin groover The Moonflower, which confronts the fear many of us have of not measuring up.