Submitted by Sandy Graham
In a song celebrating lovers the world over, five-time JUNO Award-winning and Gold – and Platinum-selling Canadian ‘First Lady of the Classical Guitar’ Liona Boyd infuses vibrant Latin flavours into her unmistakable sound in this, her new single, “L.O.V.E. (feat. Amanda Martinez)”.
Serving as the title track to her forthcoming 2022 album, “L.O.V.E.” is the second of seven Latin-flavoured pieces Boyd and her longtime producer Peter Bond have recorded together as of late.
Check out “L.O.V.E. (feat. Amanda Martinez)” on YouTube here: https://youtu.be/D4ne5hnuDto
“Since living in Mexico as a teenager, I’ve always felt an attraction to the catchy Latin rhythms,” Boyd shares of the newly minted tune and the inspiration behind its infectious grooves and uplifting melodies.
Touted as ‘one of the great new voices in Spanish-language Latin music,’ Amanda Martinez returns to Boyd’s side as a feature on the song; the two inimitable artists and friends also recently joined forces to release the song “Happy New Year” in late 2020.
Recipient of both the Order of Canada and the Order of Ontario, Liona Boyd is the winner of five JUNO Awards, five Guitar Player Magazine’s Classical Guitar Musician of the Year awards, Vanier Award, Women Who Make a Difference award, Prix ‘Esprit du Ciècle, and Artist of the Year and Honorary Mayor of San Antonio, Texas — plus four Honorary Doctorate of Law degrees and an Honorary Doctorate of Music degree. She has received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National GUITAR Museum, joining the accolade’s ranks among fellow peers B.B. King, Glen Campbell, Bonnie Raitt, and more, as well as a Lifetime Achievement Award from the JoAnn Falletta International Guitar Competition, and inducted into Guitar Player Magazine’s Gallery of Greats.
Since the beginning of her career in 1974, Boyd has released 28 albums — many of which have been Gold- and Platinum-selling. She has upwards of 16 Million streams across platforms, and rising, and her Holiday special, A Winter Fantasy, continues to be televised nationally via PBS and CBC across the United States and Canada, respectively.
Liona Boyd has appeared in countless outlets around the world, and collaborated with the likes of Sir Andrew Davis, Yo Yo Ma, Eric Clapton, Gordon Lightfoot, Tracy Chapman, Ronnie Hawkins, and Olivia Newton-John, to name a few. The author of two books, No Remedy for Love and In My Own Key, Boyd is also a dedicated philanthropist and activist for a lengthy selection of charities close to her heart.
For more on Liona Boyd visit: