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.

Say We Can Fly To Play Acoustic Promo Dates In The UK

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TORONTO - Braden Barrie will take his SayWeCanFly project across the pond for several acoustic promotional live dates in the UK in the new year.

Barrie will showcase music from the upcoming SayWeCanFly release, Between The Roses, at four dates in Birmingham, Manchester, Glasgow and London in late January.

"It's been a dream of mine to tour the UK for as long as I can remember," said the 20-year-old Toronto native. "It always looked beautiful to me and I'm honored to share my music with the people there. My following there is has grown over the years and I'm so happy to know I will have the chance see some of the faces of those who support me from the other side of the world."

Barrie took SayWeCanFly on a one-man acoustic run through the United States this past fall and is now preparing for the release of SayWeCanFly's first full-length album. Pre-orders for January 22 release of Between The Roses will be taken via iTunes beginning December 18.

"I will be performing songs from the new album on the tour, so I'm hoping everyone has heard the new tracks by then," Barrie said.

SayWeCanFly already has an established following around the world, thanks in large part to Barrie's social media outreach and personal connection with fans.

"I would like everyone over there to know how much it means to me that they listen to music created by someone so far away," said Barrie. "Feeling love from people so far away is one of the most incredible things I've ever experienced. It's a comfort to know that I already have friends in a country I've never been to."

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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TORONTO - Pre-orders for SayWeCanFly's January 22 debut full-length,Between The Roses, will be available beginning December 18 via 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." Additional special merchandise packages will also be available during the pre-order period.

"It feels absolutely amazing to know the album is finally ready to be 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. I'm excited to take the step from an EP to a full length, and I can't wait for everyone to hear the new songs on Between The Roses."

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. "Because this album happens to be a full length and has taken over so much of my heart and soul over the past year, 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 Roses tells the story of how love and pain have worked together to create the person I have become. This album means the world to me."

SayWeCanFly's initial success has been due to a strong social media presence that allowed Barrie to reach a large audience that have becomededicated followers of his music. But the connection is deeper than just the music.

"Talking to the lovely people on Twitter, Facebook, et cetera makes me just as happy as it makes the people I interact with," he said. "Being reminded of how much I am loved and that my music actually means something to people is very important to me because sometimes it's easy to forget. I love sharing my journey with everyone, because everyone is a part of my journey. I want everyone who cares about SayWeCanFly to know they are an important piece my life. As I grow and learn more about myself and being an artist, I love using social media to connect more and more."

Between The Roses will be available for streaming on Spotify, Soundcloud, the official SayWeCanFly Smartphone app, and many other online sites after the official release date.

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