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JPR Live Session: Patrick Watson

Montreal-based singer-songwriter Patrick Watson's family moved to Hudson, Quebec when he was four. As a child, he started singing in the church choir, and eventually studied jazz and classical piano as well as composition. His album Close To Paradise won the Polaris Prize - the biggest prize in Canadian music - in 2007.

Despite the style disparity, Watson and his band were selected to open a series of concert dates for James Brown, and Watson attributes much of his understanding of live performance, audience connection, and the soul of music from that experience.
Watson describes his new album Wave as "the feeling of having a wave knock you over when you realize that everything you have in life can be wiped away in a moment.." He says the songs are about how "sometimes you have to sing a love song to yourself when no one else will." Between some personal loss and some personnel changes in the band, Watson has managed to process it all and come out the back side energized to move forward with new sounds and new songs.


JPR Live Sessions are recorded with Audix microphones. Located in Wilsonville, Oregon, Audix designs, engineers, and manufactures high performing, innovative products that contribute to the advancement of the professional audio industry.

As FM Network Program Director and Music Director, Eric oversees many aspects of JPR's broadcast day. He still hosts the occasional Open Air or classical music shift, and is the driving force behind JPR Live Sessions - our popular series of live in-studio music performances and conversations.