What does it take to forgive? When is it time to let go and let live? The answers to these questions are always found in deeply personal, closely guarded corners of every heart and mind. Until we shine a light to explore those corners, we might be driving blind on a collision course with heartbreak.
We can all suffer setbacks in life, but the heart and soul can find healing in the aftermath. While creating his third album, Monarch, critically acclaimed guitarist/ singer/songwriter and Maple Blues Award nominee Chris Antonik (pronounced "AN-tah-nick," not "tonic") focused inward on his own deeply personal corners, against the backdrop of a marriage coming to an end.
Following up Chris Antonik (2010) and Better for You (2013, named Blues-Rock Album of the Year by Canada’s Blues Underground Network), Monarch closes a trilogy of self-expression. Traveling from an earnest desire to give more and
make things better to a destination of peace and forgiveness, Monarch embodies an artist moving on with newfound momentum and an understanding of the past.
Though forgiveness is free, there are tolls to pay along the journey. The songs on Monarch cover every mile of that emotional terrain in a blues landscape punctuated by Antonik's searing guitar work. Joining him are Chuck Keeping (Big Wreck) on drums, Guenther Kapelle (Wild T and the Spirit) on bass, Jesse O’Brien (Colin James) on keyboards, Samantha Martin and Delta Sugar on harmony vocals, and others. Monarch was recorded by multiple Grammy- and Juno award-nominated engineer Jeremy Darby (U2, Pink Floyd) and co-produced by Antonik and Ted Onyszczak (Better for You).
Chris Antonik guitar
Chuck Keeping drums
Guenther Kapelle bass
Jesse O’Brien keyboards
Samantha Martin, Delta Sugar backing vocals