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Grant living a dream touring with Sexsmith
Just like Ron Sexsmith, with whom she’s now touring, Jenn Grant took a Canadian musician’s iconic song and made it her own.
With Sexsmith, it was a cover of The Weight by The Band and written by Robbie Robertson.
Grant, a singer-songwriter from Nova Scotia, chose to cover Only Love Can Break Your Heart by Neil Young.
She said it was a natural choice for her, not only because it’s a wonderful, delicate song, but because it was one she had fallen in love with as a teenager.
Both succeeded; Robertson contacted Sexsmith to tell him he liked the version, while Grant, who hasn’t heard from Young, was pleased with her rendition.
“I like to make things my own,” she said.
“And I felt up to the challenge.
“The song fit with the album [Echoes] and it was a song I loved growing up.
“It seemed like it was meant to be.”
Stage fright almost stopped her career before it got started and it wasn’t until she was in her early 20s that Grant was able to perform publicly again.
Once conquered, though, she’s shared stages with myriad other musicians, including Sexsmith, Matt Mays and Jill Barber.
The current tour came about through a simple request.
“I just asked him because I love him,” Grant said.
“I’ve always wanted to tour with him.”
The two of them perform at the Blue Grotto tomorrow (Wednesday, Oct. 2) for a 19-plus show.