Babette Hayward – You Might Be Somebody (Independent)

The newest effort from Saint John’s Babette Hayward marks an impressive step forward. Though Hayward has been building her name in the various music venues of NB, You Might Be Somebody shows she is a confident, eloquent and clever songwriter. With a voice reminiscent of a young Natalie Merchant, Hayward shows she is musically versatile, yet there is a running simplicity through her songs that draws more from folk music than pop. Highlights include To Be Fair, Gravestone Metaphor and White Candle. Don’t be surprised to see this record pop up as an ECMA nominee next year.