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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 CHARTS ON BILLBOARD'S HEATSEEKERS, FIRST VIDEO DEBUTS ON ALTERNATIVE PRESS AND MTV

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SAYWECANFLY CHARTS ON BILLBOARD'S HEATSEEKERS, FIRST VIDEO DEBUTS ON ALTERNATIVE PRESS AND MTV

TORONTO - Singer/songwriter Braden Barrie's SayWeCanFly made a huge impact with its debut, Between The Roses, debuting at #14 on Billboard's Heatseekers chart.

Between The Roses also charted at #5 on the iTunes singer/songwriter chart.

"This record is a huge part of me and to get such a positive response to it is simply incredible," Barrie said.

Alternative Press will exclusively debut the online video premiere for the first single, "Song of the Sparrow" on Monday, February 9 at noon EST via its website (www.altpress.com). @altpress

Following the AP debut, MTV HITS! will add "Song of the Sparrow" to its Fresh Faces block, which will air at 6 a.m. EST, 11 a.m. EST and 7 p.m. EST on Tuesday, February 10, with re-airs that Friday at 9 a.m. EST, 5 p.m. EST and overnight at 1 a.m. EST. Fresh Faces is MTV Hits' spot for the unknowns, the just knowns and the ready to breaks. #FreshFaces @MTVHits

Barrie recently returned from the UK, where he performed a week-long live promotional tour to packed houses. SayWeCanFly will continue the run in the US in support of the album's release.

A major summer tour announcement will be made in early March.

SayWeCanFly dates are as follow:

February 7, 2015 - Brighton Music Hall, Boston, MA
February 8, 2015 - Webster Hall, New York, NY
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

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ALTERNATIVE PRESS DEBUTS SAYWECANFLY'S "SONG OF THE SPARROW" VIDEO ON FEBRUARY 9

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TORONTO - Alternative Press will exclusively debut "Song of the Sparrow," the first video from SayWeCanFly's Between The Roses, on Monday, February 9 at noon EST at www.altpress.com.

Officially released on January 22, Between The Roses, debuted at #14 on Billboard's Heatseekers chart and #5 on the iTunes singer/songwriter chart. Though Between The Roses is the first album from Braden Barrie, the heart and soul of SayWeCanFly, Barrie has already established a devoted following through his extensive social media presence and connection with fans.

Alternative Press is celebrating 30 years of being the nation's leading voice on underground, alternative, and punk music both in print and online.

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SAYWECANFLY'S DEBUT ALBUM "BETWEEN THE ROSES" OUT NOW

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TORONTO - SayWeCanFly's debut full-length, Between The Roses, is officially available today for streaming on Spotify.

"It's amazing to know the album is finally released into the world," said Braden Barrie, the heart and soul behind SayWeCanFly. "I started working on the songs in December of 2013, and the whole journey from writing in my bedroom, having to record the album twice, all the way to working on the release plan has helped me grow so much as both a person and a musician."

At just 20 years old, Barrie's highly personal lyrics have connected deeply with young audiences around the world, offering a sense of hope, inspiration, and understanding, yet they possess a maturity far beyond his years.

"Every time I release a piece of music, it feels like I'm taking a step forward in my life and moving forward from the experiences I've captured in those songs," Barrie said. "This has taken over so much of my heart and soul over the past year and it feels like I'm about to share the biggest piece of my story yet. Knowing I have support from so many amazing people eases the feeling of vulnerability for me.Between The Rosestells the story of how love and pain have worked together to create the person I have become. This album means the world to me."

Barrie will take SayWeCanFly on the road next week, as he begins his first-ever UK tour beginning Monday, January 26. Following the UK dates, SayWeCanFly will return to America to hit some new cities in February.

SayWeCanFly Dates are as follow:

January 26, 2015 - o2 Academy 3 - Birmingham, England
January 27, 2015 - Ruby Lounge - Manchester, England
January 28, 2015 - o2 ABC 2 - Glasgow, Scotland
January 30,02015 - o2 Academy Islington 2 - London, England
February 7, 2015 - Brighton Music Hall, Boston, MA
February 8, 2015 - Webster Hall, New York, NY
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

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SAYWECANFLY RETURNS TO THE STATES TO CELEBRATE RELEASE OF 'BETWEEN THE ROSES'

TORONTO - On the heels of a UK promotional tour, SayWeCanFly will return to the States for a run of live dates in support of the January 22 debut, Between The Roses.

"I'm getting super excited," said SayWeCanFly's Braden Barrie. "It will be nice to be in the USA again knowing I spent some time across the sea and have that under my belt, and can go to bed peacefully knowing I made some happy memories with those people. I really think it will make this next string of USA shows a lot better and stronger."

SayWeCanFly will hit major cities on the East and West Coasts, showcasing songs from the new album, as well as some older favorites. This tour will give Barrie an opportunity to play several legendary venues, such as Webster Hall in New York City and the Roxy in Los Angeles.

"The Valentine's Day show at the Roxy in LA is going to be very special to me," Barrie said. "Between The Roses is a journey through the heart and soul of a teenager, which means falling in love and having your heart broken, and I think Valentine's Day is the most suitable day of the year for anyone to hear these songs. I think all of them will be special for different reasons, but some of us are alone on Valentine's Day, and I know we can all forget about that at that show."

Between The Roses is now available for pre-order on iTunes. Fans who place pre-orders will have immediate access to two tracks from the album, "Song of the Sparrow" and "The Distance that Took You Away."

"I'm looking forward to meeting some of the people who have been waiting for years to see me play, and of course seeing the friends I've made on my past tours," said Barrie. "There are always brand new adventures to be had when I'm away from home, even if it's only for seven shows. I always end up making so many memories on the road, and I can't wait to see what those memories consist of this time!"

US live dates:

February 7, 2015 - Brighton Music Hall, Boston, MA
February 8, 2015 - Webster Hall, New York, NY
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

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SAYWECANFLY'S DEBUT ALBUM "BETWEEN THE ROSES" OFFICIALLY AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER

TORONTO - SayWeCanFly's debut album, Between The Roses, is now available for pre-order via iTunes.

Between the Roses' January 22 release will be immediately followed by a series of UK live dates in Birmingham, Manchester, Glasgow and London.

Braden Barrie, the 20-year-old heart and soul behind SayWeCanFly, has an established following around the world, thanks in large part to Barrie's social media outreach and personal connection with fans. Barrie's highly personal lyrics have connected deeply with young audiences around the world, offering a sense of hope, inspiration, and understanding, yet they possess a maturity far beyond his years.

With tours through his native Canada and the United States already under his and a loyal fanbase already established, Barrie is excited about the next step in is already successful musical journey.

"It's such a great feeling to finally have a full-length album coming out," he said. "I have a wonderful following of fans and friends, and I can't wait to share these songs. I am also extremely excited to finally take my live music overseas."

Fans who place pre-orders will have immediate access to two tracks from the album, "Song of the Sparrow" and "The Distance that Took You Away." Additional special merchandise packages will also be available during the pre-order period.

A video for "The Song of the Sparrow" has also just been released via YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FVsYv1OJUNw.

SayWeCanFlyDates are as follow:

Monday, 26 January - o2 Academy 3 - Birmingham, England

Tuesday, 27 January - Ruby Lounge - Manchester, England

Wednesday, January 28 - o2 ABC 2 - Glasgow, Scotland

Friday, 30 January - o2 Academy Islington 2 - London, England

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