Our #womancrushwednesday this week is Canadian singer/songwriter Angela Saini!
Singer, songwriter, guitar player and all around cool gal, Angela has been making music since her early teens, playing in bars in her hometown of Calgary before she was even old enough to get into them. She’s played in multiple bands, touring Canada and honing her craft as a musician. Now Angela is back on the solo artist train, dazzling audiences with well-crafted songs about self-renewal, empowerment, love and life. Her ability to combine humanistic and honest themes laden with catchy hooks and memorable melodies make her entertaining as well as relatable, two amazing qualities for any musician to have.
We’re not the only ones crushing on Angela. BBC Radio called her “massively talented” after hearing her newest EP Leap, and audiences across Canada and most recently Europe fell in love with her irresistible and melodic tunes. Her sunny single “Living on the bright side” (produced by Bill Bell, who has worked with Justin Nozuka and Tom Cochrane) earned Angela a nomination for “Best Female Vocalist” in the NOW Magazine Reader’s Choice Awards for 2015 as well as a Toronto Independent Music Award. Named by the Examiner as “one of Toronto’s best indie songwriters,” Angela delivers rootsy pop with pitch-perfect conviction. Her strong and soulful voice has carried her to national airwaves in Canada and blogTO has mentioned her in the Top 5 “Folk Acts to Watch.”
Take a listen to “Living on the bright side” below,and come on back to read what Angela Saini thinks of love and romance!
What’s the strangest thing you have ever done to get a love interest’s attention?
In Junior High I had a crush on a boy who lived one street over, but on a dead-end street. He was always out riding his bike after school, and because I never had a reason to walk by his house, I convinced my friend who lived on that street to pretend she lost an earring. We paced back and forth in front of his house waiting for him to come home on his bike, pretending to look on the sidewalk for like half an hour. His mom ended up coming out and offering to help us and then we just ran away. Fail.
What is your definition of romance?
For me I get swept off my feet with the little things. Thoughtfulness like leaving the light on for me when I’m out for a gig, or saving me that extra piece of chicken because he knows how much I liked it. Coming home with chocolate is the number one way to my heart!
What’s your instant deal breaker?
A big tell of someone’s character is their treatment of others; how they treat a server at a restaurant or ordering a coffee. Rudeness or disrespect is a huge flag. If you can’t treat a complete stranger with respect then you can’t be in my world. That’s the worst.
What is the best piece of romance advice you have ever received?
You can’t expect someone to love you if you don’t love yourself. I can’t remember where I heard that but I think that’s a secret to a healthy relationship.
If there was one piece of advice you could give to other women out there, what would it be?
Start a relationship as a “whole person.” A lot of the time people expect their partner to “complete them.” It ends up being a relationship of two half-circles, which can become co-dependent in a bad way. I visualize the ideal relationship as two complete circles joining together and interlocking. That’s real strength; then you complement one another instead of leaning on each other to define who you are and what makes you happy.