Angela Inglis is All About Balance
When I first met Vancouver-based singer songwriter Angela Inglis, she was midway through her stint as a full-time busker in Vancouver’s Skytrain Stations. “I busked for a living for two years. It’s one of the most rewarding jobs I’ve ever had.” We met at a show in the east end, both inspired by one another and the whole Vancouver songwriting scene at the time, 1999-2003. I was amazed by her huge voice resonating from her diminutive frame. We became friends organically and she is still someone I consider a great inspiration and motivator in my own life and music, for which I am forever grateful. She has taught me many lessons, introduced me to wonderful Canadian music, made me many cups of her famous chai and opened her ears and heart to me time after time.
Inglis places great value on time and makes sure to clear space for her creative self, although she admits it’s difficult to take a day off. “My work as a yoga teacher and Ayurvedic health educator is very social, so I need a lot of alone time to fund the energy I put into my artistic and educational endeavours.” Her latest artistic endeavour is the completion of her sophomore album Echo, released March 2015. The ten-song album can be purchased here: LINK. Also, check out her music video for her hauntingly beautiful tale of love and loss "Moving Target" MUSIC VIDEO. For more on Angela, check out her site http://www.angelainglis.ca.
Yoga is a Hindu spiritual and physical discipline that promotes health and relaxation. “For me, yoga is about cultivating resilience, a balance of strength and flexibility in both body and mind, so that one can withstand the rigours of human experience. I see how this translates into my ability to relax or soften into the places inside myself where the poetry of my lyrics lives.”
Angela wrote her first song while she was studying acting in Los Angeles. “I didn’t know I could write songs. I had always been a singer but I didn’t play an instrument.” It happened as she strolled down a residential street in L.A. “This song started singing itself in my head. I had a little mini tape recorder with me and I later sang the melody into it.” This was the moment Inglis knew she was a songwriter. Returning to Canada, her Grandpa taught her some chords on the guitar “and it was all practice, practice, practice.” The songs seem to come naturally for Angela. On knowing you have a keeper: “When a song continues to keep me interested, moment-to-moment, even after I’ve played it a hundred times.”
The teeny tiny songwriter with the massive, canyon-filling voice has a lot on the horizon. “I’m very much looking forward to seeing my community, a motley crew of individuals from around the world, on my upcoming travels in Europe this summer. I’ll be playing the Kling Music Festival in Germany, touring North Spain and South France and busking at the EdinburghFringe Festival.”
Wishing you happy trails, Angela Inglis.