Touring in support of her new album, The Spirit Indestructible, Furtado performs at the Burlington Performing Arts Centre; tickets are on sale now.
The new album was inspired by a trip to Kenya where she said her faith in mankind was renewed.
“I met so many joyful people that I felt myself believing in the future for the first time since I was a teenager,” explained Furtado. “I felt that sense of hope you feel when you’re young.”
Proceeds from merchandise sold at her shows during The Spirit Indestructible tour will go towards building a high school for young women in Kenya. The tour starts in Canada before moving to Europe in the New Year.
Furtado first gained fame with her debut album, Whoa Nelly!, which produced three successful singles includingI’m Like A Bird and Turn Off the Light. Since then she has received two Grammy Awards, 10 Juno Awards, three MuchMusic Video Awards and a star on Canada’s Walk of Fame.
The Spirit Indestructible is her fifth album and was released in September. This album reflects sounds of her first album but adds elements from urban, alternative and reggae music. However, it is the first album that encompasses a spiritual inspiration.
“I met many young women who were inspiring and that spun into a creative process,” explained Furtado. “One song Miracles talks about the joy you feel when you get taken up with a cause greater than you. Earlier in life, I was overwhelmed with doom and gloom of the world. The whole world won’t change overnight but you can make a small change. It’s about turning me into we.”
As this is her first album in several years, she said the creative process was fun yet organic despite a difficult start in the songwriting process
“My only mandate in the studio is to push myself in new directions,” Furtado said. “(Songwriting) happens naturally; like a painter, it’s a reflection of what I’m feeling. The music tells me where to go. It did take me a while to get back into writing an English album but there was a lot of joy when finished. It took three years and I had 40 new songs so it was quite the process — a fun process. Picking which songs to use on the album was hard but it’s a bit like love, you just know.”
As for her performance in Burlington next month, Furtado said her growing number of albums makes it harder to select which songs to perform.
“It has become more challenging than ever to come up with a set list from five albums and three different languages,” she noted.“We’ll play hits and some new songs. The show is more musical than my last stage show — this one is more about the music. More importantly, it’s about the people in the audience and to feel that flow.”