Devan has been pursuing a music career since she was a kid; the brazen 10-year-old dropped off a homemade demo – to no avail – at the iconic Olympic Studio, home to Ella Fitzgerald, Stevie Wonder and David Bowie. Now in 2020, the Toronto-born/London-raised singer-songwriter is gearing up to release her debut solo project.
Leaning into her wildly diverse musical influences thanks to a transatlantic childhood, Devan is creating her own voice by melding together her heroes, including the poetic songwriting of Joni Mitchell and Neil Young; and the pop vocal production of Florence + The Machine, Adele and Amy Winehouse. Armed with unmissable and compelling vocals, “Real Shot” is Devan’s first single, and the shimmering indie-pop track traces the haunting what-ifs of old relationships. Produced by writer/producer Adam Boukis (Timbaland, Icona Pop, Saweetie, and Bruno Martini), Devan co-wrote the song with Adam, Tyler Shamy and Kyle Reynolds, whose collective credits include Dove Cameron, Sofia Carson, Said the Sky and K-Pop superstar Taeyeon.
“‘Real Shot’ is written from the perspective of someone looking back on an old relationship and wondering what things would have been like if it had played out differently,” Devan explains. “Growing out of relationships and gaining more perspective on each situation can leave you wondering,” she adds, “What if we were older and more mature, and didn’t let things fall apart? Where would we be now?”
While distinct, Devan’s voice may sound familiar. She has spent the last 6 years honing her talents as a songwriter and live performer with Wild Rivers; the folk-pop band that she co-found and co-fronts, boasts over 140 million global streams and sells out venues across North America. The band’s 2019 release, “I Do”, scored Devan the top prize at the International Songwriting Competition placing her in front of judges Coldplay, Dua Lipa, Tom Waits and Bebe Rexha.
Devan’s solo project has been percolating since the moment she hit ‘record’ on her first homemade demo, and all these years later, she remains equally as brazen and ready to share her songs.