Kathleen Edwards Returns with 'Total Freedom,' Her First Album Since 2012

Listen to lead single "Options Open" now

BY Alex HudsonPublished May 19, 2020

Late last year, beloved Canadian singer-songwriter Kathleen Edwards returned with her first new song since 2012. There's apparently a lot more where that came from, because she's now announced plans for a new album. Total Freedom is due out on August 14, and the lead single "Options Open" is out now.

The 10-song album was co-produced by Edwards alongside Jim Bryson and Ian Fitchuk in Nashville. It will be released through Dualtone Records/eOne.

This will be the long-awaited follow-up to 2012's Voyageur. Since then, Edwards stepped back from music and ran a café in Stittsville (a suburb of Ottawa) called Quitters Coffee. She also had a serious bout of depression that began around the time she finished Voyageur.

In a press release, she explained:

I had no desire to write, no desire to play. It allowed me all the time and space I needed to even just enjoy listening to music again. There were so many times where, if I was thinking about my own writing or playing, my heart just wasn't in it. I don't want to write songs that are going to keep me in a dark place for two years. I didn't have to carry a lot of the pressure of whatever course I was on previously... There's a pressure sometimes to keep that ball rolling, and that's what was so freeing about stopping altogether and starting again. I realized I'm entirely in control and deciding what my course of action is.

Check out "Options Open" and the Total Freedom trailer below, where you'll also find the album's tracklist.

Total Freedom:

1. Glenfern
2. Hard on Everyone
3. Birds on a Feeder
4. Simple Math
5. Options Open 
6. Feelings Fade
7. Fools Ride
8. Ashes to Ashes 
9. Who Rescued Who 
10. Take It with You 

Pre-order Total Freedom.

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