Five Minutes With: Calgary Singer-Songwriter Justine Giles

Calgary-based singer-songwriter Justine Giles fearlessly bares her soul with her latest bluesy rock single, “Before It’s Too Late”. This marks her third release in under two years, following the summer hit “Another Chance” and the emotive “Save Myself”. The track encapsulates the closing of a personal chapter, emphasizing the non-linear nature of healing. Giles takes charge of her destiny, anchored by a poignant acoustic guitar melody and newfound confidence. With her voice front and centre, “Before It’s Too Late” showcases Giles’ dynamic fearlessness, transitioning from unwavering confidence to tender vulnerability. Giles reflects on her transformative journey, stating, “I felt ready to embrace my strength and power, and I’m really proud of these vocals.” The single navigates the complexities of unrequited love, hinting at a glimmer of hope in a mid-song bridge. Collaborating with producer Mark Troyer, Giles adds a rock’n’roll grit to her performance, solidifying her presence in the Calgary music scene and garnering national attention. As the sun sets on this chapter, Giles emerges stronger, the ghosts of her past mere rhinestones under the shimmering lights of her next big show.

Justine Giles
Photo By: Jarrett Edmund

Name:

Justine Giles

Genre:

Singer-Songwriter / Adult Alternative

Founded:

2014

# of Albums:

1 full-length & various singles after

Latest Single:

Before It’s Too Late

Latest Video:

Favourite musician growing up:

Alanis Morrisette

Favourite musician now:

Maren Morris

Guilty pleasure song:

Higher – Creed

Live show ritual:

Throat Coat Tea & Vocal Warm-Ups

Favourite local musician:

Sarah Houston

EP or LP?

EP

Early bird or night owl?

Night Owl

Road or studio?

Studio

Any shows or albums coming up?

Lots of shows in Calgary; upcoming events listed on my website.

Latest single “Before It’s Too Late” just came out Nov 17th so I’m promoting that more than anything.

Available on all streaming platforms here.

It has been featured on various CKUA and CBC Radio One shows, X92.9’s “Xposure”, Global News Morning, Erin Radio 91.7 FM, Exclaim! Magazine’s “The Eh! List”, Canadian Beats and more.

Where can we follow you? 

Instagram | Facebook | TikTok

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Rapid Fire Local Questions:

What is your favourite local restaurant?

Paros Real Greek

What is your favourite street in your city and why?

9 Ave SE (Inglewood) because there are so many great local cafes and boutiques along this strip. I also love that it’s the “Music Mile” AND close to the river.

What is your favourite park in your city and why?

Prince’s Island Park because it’s central; I love that it’s in the middle of the city but it’s filled with beautiful nature. I love to walk here especially in the fall.

What is your favourite music venue in your city?

The King Eddy

What is your favourite music store in your city?

Recordland

 

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