Justine Giles Takes “Another Chance” at life

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Fresh, hopeful and truly uplifting!

Rating: 5 out of 5.
J Edmund Photography

Hi Justine, welcome to LA Music Review! Tell us a little bit about you and your music.

Calgary-based singer-songwriter Justine Giles shines with a fresh perspective…

and a hopeful, open-hearted approach on “Another Chance”. Following the release of her deeply personal single “Save Myself”, Giles turns outward for inspiration, unearthing new emotions while making musical nods to a distinct Alberta landscape. “Another Chance” offers a glimmer of hope, with the possibility of leaving trauma in the rear-view mirror on the road to new horizons. Giles understands this process is not easy as she laments her doubts over a shimmering piano ballad, but a dazzling guitar hook coupled with Giles’ uplifting voice breaks new ground.

Drawing on the rich and honest songwriting tradition honed by pioneering artists Maren Morris, Sheryl Crow and Kacey Musgraves, Justine has developed her own distinctive brand of truth rooted in her personal journey. “Another Chance” is the latest poignant chapter of that journey, during which she learned that her past has helped carve out a bright future.

The creation of “Another Chance” burst from a wellspring of honesty and emotion…

after tapping co-writer Matt Blais and producer Mark Troyer, Justine Giles took her newfound clarity to OCL studios to record as part of the “Our Comeback Contest” via ATCO energy and the Prophet’s of Music.

Justine has been profiled on CTV’s Marilyn Denis Show and was named Calgary’s representative in the Jim Beam Virtual National Talent Search, staged in conjunction with Canadian Music Week. With two recent singles and newfound confidence, Justine Giles has proven that she’s right where she is supposed to be — ready to fully embrace a career making music that is sure to have a deep and lasting positive impact on her audience.

Start streaming “Another Chance” right here:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Congrats on the release! What was your inspiration when you were writing this project?

I wrote “Another Chance” during the pandemic…

after I wrote my previous single “Save Myself” which was a deep and heavy cathartic tune. It was necessary for me to revisit my past and process a wide spread of emotions, so I could move forward and write something new and hopeful like this.

“Another Chance” was inspired by the idea of being open to love again after a long period of grief. It’s also about making the conscious choice to fully live life and take new risks.

What is your vision for this song?

There’s an element of fun, mystery, and exploration…

and also a hint of frustration about not being able to predict the future of our relationships. Although the overall tone of this song is about finding acceptance and going with the flow, there’s definitely an element of surrender in admitting that maybe we don’t know it all.

What is your favorite part of this body of work?

I’m really proud of the vocal performance on this recording, and that I was able to push myself out of my comfort zone in that regard. I also really love the full-band production.

Anything else we should know about it? Upcoming events?

Plenty of live shows coming up in Calgary, Alberta. Continuing to write this winter and returning to the recording studio in 2023.

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