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Every once in a while an artist comes along who makes music so heartfelt and relatable that he or she become an instant sensation in the underground community—and that can certainly be said of 20-year-old Canadian singer/songwriter Braden Barrie who has been playing under the name SayWeCanFly since 2009. Fresh off a successful stint on the Vans Warped Tour's Acoustic Basement stage, Barrie is finally ready to unleash his Epitaph debut the Darling EP on the world. "The Warped Tour was something I dreamed of doing since I started SayWeCanFly and it was definitely surreal living out a moment I'd experienced so many times in my thoughts," he explains. "It felt like home but it also felt like the craziest place I've ever been and I couldn't believe I was able to play for a completely packed tent every day of the tour."

Things are inevitably about to get much crazier for the Lindsay, Ontario-based Barrie once his dedicated fan base of nearly 1.2 million social media followers—as well as the uninitiated—hear his third full-length, which was recorded at a cozy studio called The Green Room in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. "The whole recording process was just a long hangout with some microphones," Barrie explains. "The most important thing about bringing my songs into reality is good vibes. I need to be in a space where I can completely let go and get lost in my emotions with no negative vibes or stress around because the studio is the doorway between my heart and our world." That doorway stood wide open for Barrie who unbelievably wrote all of these songs in 24 hours. "It was just one of those days where I was able to pour my feelings onto paper without trying," he says. "I've always found that my best songs happen without knowing they're coming."

While SayWeCanFly has previously released four EPs, the Darling EP features his strongest material to date and also sees him expanding on the stripped-down instrumentation he's utilized in the past. "I think just because of how these specific songs were written they needed some heavier instruments to really amplify the feelings I put into them," he explains. "Acoustic music will forever be my passion and it will always come down to just me and my acoustic guitar, but I like expressing certain songs in different ways in the studio." This articulate aggression is illustrated in bittersweet songs like "High School" which illustrates how angry the world can make Barrie at times. "I definitely call out the system in that one," he explains. "The whole theme of this EP seems to be the journey through our darkness trying to find that little spark that makes us feel like we're okay."

That journey always contains an element of hope—and even when Barrie is singing about heartbreak during "High School" he eventually concedes that there's "sunshine in the rain." "I always try to look at the other side of the coin when it comes to love because pain usually stems from the absence of something beautiful," Barrie says. "For example the reason I say, 'I don't believe in love' in that song is because I do, but it's caused me so much pain that I don't want to believe it in anymore," he admits. "I just wanted to be completely honest about my feelings on this EP, even if I don't always understand them myself." That vulnerability has endeared him to fans who Barrie describes as "quiet kids" just like himself. "It's so important to write from the heart and do it like you're the only one listening," he adds.

That said, Barrie isn't afraid of tackling serious subject matter in his music as evidenced not only his lyrics on this EP but also the videos about depression and self-harm that he regularly makes for his YouTube page, which garner tens of thousands of views. "The reason it's so important for me to write about our pain is because humans have forgotten that we're all the same," he says of the videos which undoubtedly help people dealing with serious issues. "It's not about the cutting or the suicide or the depression, it's about the reasons those issues exist," he continues. "I just want to remind everyone that it's important we stare darkness in the eyes and continue to beware of its presence because that in itself makes us stronger."

SayWeCanFly's energetic live shows also embody this idea and prove that Barrie's catharsis is contagious. "When I get onstage I'm shelling my story, just me and my guitar," he says. "The reason I love playing shows is because everyone in the room is focused on the same thing and for a while who we are and how we're different stops mattering," he summarizes. "More than anything, I always like to leave everyone with thoughts that we don't like to think. I'm really excited to start playing these new songs live because I think they're some of my most relatable and honest pieces yet." Luckily for fans, Barrie plans on hitting the road as much as possible over the next year and has already began work on his next full-length album. In the meantime, hopefully these songs will help you heal.

SAYWECANFLY TALKS 2015 VANS WARPED TOUR

TORONTO - Braden Barrie will add the 2015 Vans Warped Tour to his musical project SayWeCanFly's long list of accomplishments, as he joins the summer massive music festival this week.

"Playing the entire Vans Warped Tour has been a goal of mine for many years," said Barrie. "It's something I've kept in my mind almost every day since I knew it existed, so it's incredible to know it's about to become a reality and an accomplishment."

Barrie, who has played a couple one-off Vans Warped Tour dates in the past, will appear every day in the Acoustic Basement Tent.

"I'm really stoked because everything is so intimate and I can literally have face-to-conversations with the kids during my set," Barrie said. "I think everyone will enjoy the closeness. It will be fun for me to work my butt off to pack as many people into the tent as possible too. My goal is to fill it to capacity every day - and then some."

Barrie has been supporting his debut full-length, Between The Roses, with headline and support dates across the country and overseas since its release earlier this year. The album, which received a Deluxe Edition release via Barrie's own PureWolf just in time for the tour, debuted at # 14 on Billboard's Heatseekers chart and #5 on iTunes singer/songwriter chart. Additionally, SayWeCanFly became a featured artist on MTVHits' "Fresh Faces" and won MTVU's "The Freshmen" competition with the first single, "Song of the Sparrow."

At just 20 years old, Barrie offers a remarkable maturity, expressing raw feelings and offering a sense of hope, inspiration and understanding that fans of all ages can relate to. Much of SayWeCanFly's early success can be attributed to Barrie's strong social media presence and deep connection with his fans.

"I think what I will remember most about my first full Warped Tour is knowing the reason I was offered the tour in the first place is because so many kids requested that I be there," Barrie said. "That in itself makes every moment worth it. For me, personally, it's a chance to hang out with the people who have helped push SayWeCanFly to where it is now, and understand the heartbreak I write about. It feels like such a family, even though there are so many different elements to it. I have so much respect for Kevin Lyman along with everyone else involved for keeping it running so successfully for so many years."

With set times varying daily, Barrie has come up with a unique way to let fans know when to check out SayWeCanFly's set. "Fans can swing by the SayWeCanFly merch tent early in the day and pick up a few flyers with my set time listed on it to hand out or post around the venue," he said. "In return, they will be offered a free piece of merchandise. I thought that would be a cool way to get people involved and spread daily awareness."

Always accessible to fans, Barrie will be doing meet and greets a minimum of once a day and will also teach a class on being an independent artist for the Entertainment Institute. "I'm stoked about this because it gives kids a chance to have some one-on-one time and ask any questions they may have about the business side of things, which is something I've always paid close attention to as I've worked on building this project," said Barrie.

There also plans to shoot select dates for an innovative music video involving SayWeCanFly's fans singing along with Barrie.

"I really want to maximize the opportunity I have to make as many people a part of my experience this summer as possible, and capture the realness of it all. I'm most looking forward to making new friends and meeting so many of my social media followers in person. I think we already feel very close to each other because I spend so much time on social media making sure we are always connected."

Vans Warped Tour dates featuring SayWeCanFly are as follow:

June 19 - Pomona Fairplex, Pomona, CA
June 20 - Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountain View, CA
June 21 - Seaside Park - Ventura County Fairgrounds, Ventura, CA
June 23 - Quail Run Park, Mesa, AZ
June 24 - Isleta Amphitheatre, Albuquerque, NM
June 25 - Remington Park, Oklahoma City, OK
June 26 - NRG Park Main St Yellow Lot, Houston, TX
June 27 - Gexa Energy Pavilion, Dallas, TX
June 28 - AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX
July 1 - The Fairgrounds Nashville, Nashville, TN
July 2 - Aaron's Amphitheatre at Lakewood, Atlanta, GA
July 3 - Vinoy Park, St. Petersburg, FL
July 4 - Coral Sky Amphitheatre at the So Florida Fairgrounds, West Palm Beach, FL
July 5 - Tinker Field, Orlando, FL
July 6 - Tailgaters Festival Grounds, Jacksonville, FL
July 7 - PNC Music Pavilion, Charlotte, NC
July 8 - Farm Bureau Live, Virginia Beach, VA
July 9 - First Niagara Pavilion, Pittsburgh, PA
July 10 - Susquehanna Bank Center, Camden, NJ
July 11 - Nikon at Jones Beach Amphitheatre, Wantagh, NY
July 12 - Xfinity Theatre, Hartford, CT
July 14 - Xfinity Center, Mansfield, MA
July 15 - Darien Lake PAC, Darien Center, NY
July 16 - Riverbend Music Center, Cincinnati, OH
July 17 - Molson Canadian Amphtheatre, Toronto, ON
July 18 - Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, MD
July 19 - PNC Bank Arts Center - Holmdel, NJ
July 21 - The Pavilion at Montage Mountain, Scranton, PA
July 23 - Blossom Music Center, Cuyahoga Falls, OH
July 24 - The Palace of Auburn Hills Parking Lot, Detroit, MI
July 25 - First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre, Chicago, IL
July 26 - Canterbury Park, Shakopee, MN
July 27 - Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre, Maryland Heights, MO
July 28 - Marcus Amphitheatre, Milwaukee, WI
July 29 - Klipsch Music Center, Noblesville, IN
July 30 - Cricket Wireless Amphitheater, Bonner Springs, KS
August 1 - Utah State Park, Salt Lake City, UT
August 2 - Pepso Center Parking Lot, Denver, CO
August 5 - Qualcomm Stadium Parking Lot, San Diego, CA
August 7 - Portland Expo Center, Portland, OR
August 8 - White River Amphitheater, Auburn, WA

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SAYWECANFLY ADDS HEADLINE DATES BEFORE START OF METRO STATION TOUR

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TORONTO - SawWeCanFly has added a handful of headline dates to the itinerary prior to the start of the upcoming tour with Metro Station and 7 Minutes in Heaven.

SayWeCanFly will stop off in Allentown, Penn., Rochester, N.Y., Barrington, Ill., and Des Moines, Iowa, before joining up with the other bands in Fresno, Calif.

"I'm really excited to actually make the drive up to California, but it's even better knowing I get to hang out with some familiar faces on the way up," said SayWeCanFly's Braden Barrie. "It's also nice to have an opportunity to get into tour mode before the Metro Station run starts. These shows are going to be super fun!"

No stranger to the road, the young singer/songwriter has crossed the country numerous times as a headliner, both before and after the release of SayWeCanFly's debut album, Between The Roses, received a worldwide release.

Image: Say We Can Fly, FlyerBarrie has been to on a fast-track to success since Between the Roses' release, beginning with a #14 spot on Billboard's Heatseekers chart, a #5 position on the iTunes singer/songwriter chart and a huge win in MTVU's "The Freshmen" competition, rocketing the video for the track "Song of the Sparrow" into regular rotation on the music channel. All the while, Barrie has kept busy playing live in America and the UK while promoting Between The Roses.

With an already loyal following thanks to Barrie's online social connection with fans, the 20-year-old Canadian is ready to introduce his music to a new set of fans.

SawWeCanFly headline dates are as follow:

4/19/15 - Allentown, PA - Crocodile Rock

4/20/15 - Rochester, NY - Water Street Music Hall

4/21/15 - Barrington, IL - Penny Rd Pub

4/22/15 - Des Moines, IA - Wooly's

With Metro Station and 7 Minutes to Heaven:

April 26 - Fresno, CA - Strummers

April 27 - Las Vegas, NV - Hard Rock On The Strip

April 29 - Salt Lake City, UT - In The Venue

April 30 - Colorado Springs, CO - The Black Sheep

May 1 - Merriam, KS - Aftershock

May 2 - Springfield, MO - Outland Ballroom

May 3 - Dekalb, IL - House Cafe

May 5 - Grand Rapids, MI - The Stache

May 6 - Columbus, OH - The Basement

May 7 - Newport, KY - Thompson House

May 8 - St. Louis, MO - Fubar

May 9 - Little Rock, AR - Juanita's

May 10 - Austin, TX - Red Seven

May 12 - Tucson, AZ - The Rock

SAYWECANFLY HEADS BACK TO AMERICA ALONGSIDE METRO STATION AND 7 MINUTES IN HEAVEN

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TORONTO - SayWeCanFly will kick off the spring with a U.S. tour alongside the recently reunited Metro Station and 7 Minutes in Heaven.

"It's an honor that Metro Station is bringing me out on the road with them," said SayWeCanFly's Braden Barrie. "I think it's a solid tour package and it's going to be a blast for everyone."

No stranger to the road, the young singer/songwriter has crossed the country numerous times as a headliner, both before and after the release of SayWeCanFly's debut album, Between The Roses, received a worldwide release last month.

"I've played in a few of these places before but many are going to be a new adventure for me," he said. "I'm happy to be starting up in California to absorb some of the sunshine before we get started!"

Barrie has been to on a fast-track to success since Between The Roses' release, beginning with a #14 spot on Billboard's Heatseekers chart, a #5 position on the iTunes singer/songwriter chart and a huge win in MTVU's "The Freshmen" competition, rocketing the video for the track "Song of the Sparrow" into regular rotation on the music channel. All the while, Barrie has kept busy playing live in America and the UK while promoting Between The Roses.

With an already loyal following thanks to Barrie's online social connection with fans, the 20-year-old Canadian is ready to introduce his music to a new set of fans.

Tour dates are as follow:

April 26 - Fresno, CA - Strummers
April 27 - Las Vegas, NV - Hard Rock On The Strip
April 29 - Salt Lake City, UT - In The Venue
April 30 - Colorado Springs, CO - The Black Sheep
May 1 - Merriam, KS - Aftershock
May 2 - Springfield, MO - Outland Ballroom
May 3 - Dekalb, IL - House Cafe
May 5 - Grand Rapids, MI - The Stache
May 6 - Columbus, OH - The Basement
May 7 - Newport, KY - Thompson House
May 8 - St. Louis, MO - Fubar
May 9 - Little Rock, AR - Juanita's
May 10 - Austin, TX - Red Seven
May 12 - Tucson, AZ - The Rock

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MTVU VIEWERS PUSH SAYWECANFLY'S 'SONG OF THE SPARROW' TO THE TOP OF 'THE FRESHMAN' COMPETITION

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TORONTO - SayWeCanFly's "Song of the Sparrow" video has aced MTVU's "The Freshmen" competition, awarding the video with future airplay on the college-targeted channel.

"Song of the Sparrow" was selected from a group of five up -and-coming artists by viewers who casted votes online.

MTVU is viewed at over 802 college campuses, where it plays commons areas, dorms and libraries. MTVU also reaches 55 million homes.

"It's amazing to see a platform like MTV still caring about up and coming artists," SayWeCanFly's Braden Barrie said. "It takes a lot of work to move forward in the music industry, and I can honestly say this has given me new perspective. MTV is clearly alive and well and I think really helps everyone connect and feel like family."

Barrie, who is the artist behind the SayWeCanFly moniker, has built his career through personal connections with fans through social media and live performances. With the release of his debut full-length, Between The Roses, those dedicated fans have shown undying support while helping to spread the word about SayWeCanFly.

"It means the world to me that everyone cared so much to make this happen," Barrie said. "It's moments like these when I think we all feel and understand how each of us plays such an important role in helping SayWeCanFly grow, and I hope everyone knows this was our win, not mine."

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SAYWECANFLY MESMERIZES WITH 'SONG OF THE SPARROW' VIDEO

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TORONTO - When it came time for Braden Barrie to create a video for "Song of the Sparrow," the first single from SayWeCanFly's debut album Between The Roses, he knew it had to be just right to reflect the intense personal nature of the song.

Filmed on a snowy beach at Sandbanks Provincial Park in Picton, Ontario, Barrie endured freezing temperatures to capture the perfect images to complement the song's message.

"This is the story of a lost boy and his soul, searching for a happiness that is only found after experiencing all the pain of finding it," Barrie explained. "This video shoot may have been the coldest I've ever been in my life, but I'll always do everything I need to do for my art."

The mesmerizing clip follows Barrie as he portrays the lost boy on his journey to happiness. Shot by Benjamin Head and Nathan Pigeon of Reel Tang Films, the video was filmed in black and white with subtle hints of color.

"We were originally going to edit the footage to be black and white but one of the reasons I decided not to was because I loved the weird colors of the feathers in it," Barrie said. "I felt they were the focal point of the story and clearly symbolize the idea of transformation, and wanted to use them to give some life to the story."

"Song of the Sparrow" will debut on exclusively Alternative Press' website (www.altpress.com) today at noon EST and will also be added to MTV HITS!'s Fresh Faces block later this week.

"This is the first time I'm truly happy with the visual representation of one of my songs," said Barrie. "I took so much time writing the concept on my own, and I really enjoyed doing that for the first time. I'm so excited for everyone to see it, because I feel that it really pulls people into the strange world of Between The Roses and will get them ready for future videos and content."

Between The Roses was officially released on January 22 and debuted at #14 on Billboard's Heatseekers chart and #5 on the iTunes singer/songwriter chart.

SayWeCanFly is in the midst of a US promotional tour in support of Between The Roses.

SayWeCanFly live dates:

February 10, 2015 - The Trocadero, Philadelphia, PA
February 11, 2015 - The Stanhope House, Stanhope, NJ
February 12, 2015 - Crocodile Rock, Allentown, PA
February 14, 2015 - The Roxy, Los Angeles, CA
February 15, 2015 - House of Blues, San Diego, CA

For a press interview, review tickets or to schedule a promotional visit, please contact: Michael Mazur, Mazur Public Relations at (609) 462-9905 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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