Vocals / Guitar / Keyboards
J.P. Mortier is a singer-songwriter from Montreal with a penchant for the brutal and the delicate akin to a rocking Leonard Cohen or a Nick Cave with a conscience.
J.P. Mortier is a singer-songwriter from Montreal with a penchant for the brutal and the delicate akin to a rocking Leonard Cohen or a Nick Cave with a conscience. Born in France and raised in Canada, JP Mortier’s music is as much a product of different cultures as he.
His debut album, entitled “The English House”, came out in 2004 through Eclectra Records. This album was inspired by his busking days in the subways of Tokyo. In 2005, he performed at PopMontreal and crossed the ocean for gigs in southern France. His second CD, “Backpacker”, released in 2008 through Local Distribution, was inspired by his backpacking travels around the world. He toured across Canada in the spring of 09 in support of the album and noticed the growing student demographic of his audience. Fittingly, it received airplay on Canadian college radio. The self-titled third album in 2010-11 built on that foundation, extending his fan base with another Canadian tour, getting on charts such as CSCR in Toronto where the album went to number 2 and getting airplay on college radios in New England and New York. J.P.s fourth album was a collaboration with playwright Alain Mercieca. “The Only Bar” is the musical adaptation of the play of the same name combining the musical power and diversity unleashed by J.P. and his band and the acid lyrics from Alain’s theatrical creation. Album number 5, “Songs of Love and Despair” was another step forward with an ambitious album about the many incarnations of love. It featured no less than 6 instrumentals and displayed the prowess of the peerless production of co-producer and mixer extraordinaire Bill Szawlowski. The album was supported by a coast to coast tour playing at least a show in every province.
A new album is in the works for 2017. Bill Szawlowski is back behind the soundboard as well as J.P.’s usual accomplices, Sylvain Auclair on bass and Chapman stick and Daniel Grégoire on drums and percussions.