Edmonton's Nuela Charles first appeared on our radar during our 2013 Searchlight competition. It was then that our own Andrea Warner called her "the future queen of Canadian soul." Charles's debut album, Aware, won the inaugural Edmonton Music Prize in 2013 and earned her a spot as a finalist in Alberta's Peak Performance Project, an initiative that seeks to develop talent province-wide.
Now Charles is about to hit us with a new record, The Grand Hustle. She worked with a handful of songwriters on a few of the tracks and wrote the rest on her own. The result is an album that celebrates the struggle. Specifically, making it through one.
"[The album is] about, for me, the ultimate comeback. That could be anything in your own life but just coming from a low and coming back and just killing it," Charles told CBC Music in an interview.
The Grand Hustle will be released on Nov. 4. You can preview the album above, and pre-order it here. We've recorded a First Play Live session with Charles, and it will be available on CBCMusic.ca on Nov. 9.