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Southwestern Alberta home is inspiration for songwriter

Alex Shenton is preparing a solo album and is touring this month.

Alex Shenton is preparing a solo album and is touring this month.

HEATHER CAMERON – GAZETTE CONTRIBUTOR
A little piece of home can be found in Alex Shenton’s new song Haven.
Shenton, a singer-songwriter from southwestern Alberta, released the song along with a corresponding video earlier this year.
“Haven came from the realization that home is a feeling you experience much rather than a definable location,” Shenton said. “I experienced that realization after taking some time off from the band to return home to begin to take over the operation of the ranch.”
Shenton has written and performed 30-plus songs, primarily with the group Bastard Poetry.
Bastard Poetry has released two commercial full length albums.
Shenton began singing and songwriting 10 years ago in his first year of university.
“Poetry was always one of my favourite things in the world and I find that music makes a great medium in which to share it,” Shenton said.
Shenton is grateful for the support of his family. He is excited to be able to spend an extended amount of time with his family for the first time in 10 years after touring across the country with Bastard Poetry.
“My family is behind me 110 per cent,” Shenton said. “The last Bastard Poetry album was titled Something That Makes it Beautiful to Live. In my soul-searching I realized that the concepts of love and happiness are closely tied into your inner circle of friends and family, and I had spent a long time away from mine. It is a little ironic that the inspiration for that album, led me into taking a break from the band itself.”
Since Bastard Poetry is on hiatus, Shenton is continuing his career and also working on his family ranch, being the fourth generation to do so.
The Shenton family has made a living cattle ranching and running a saw mill.
Shenton is able to be a great help because he went to school for carpentry and also helps his father with contracting jobs.
Shenton is also going to be garnering support for his new song through a tour that will start on March 15 in Saskatoon and end on April 2 in Vancouver.
During the tour, Shenton will be performing Haven and nine other original songs from his solo debut album Scraps.
For more information on the tour, check Shenton’s Facebook page A Lost Son.
“I will always write and release music for myself,” Shenton said. “If it resonates with others then I am blessed to be able to share it and travel farther.”
In terms of future projects, Shenton is working on a second single and video christened Cece but it does not yet have a release date.
“It is a lot like therapy being able to translate your life experience into words and composition,” Shenton said. “Listening to my old songs is like a time capsule — I experience crazy nostalgia when I listen to them myself.”

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