Similar To: Coldplay, Counting Crows, Ray Lamontagne, Bon Iver, Jack Johnson
"Charisma cannot be taught. It cannot be practiced in a rehearsal space. You cannot take a course on charisma. Dom has it. He has it in spades.√¢‚Ç¨¬ù(Marty Zylstra of Vancouver√¢‚Ç¨‚Ñ¢s Sweetheart).
After toiling in the trenches of the Vancouver music scene for the past decade, Dominique Fricot is finally starting to hit his stride. With his commanding stage presence, unrivaled songwriting skill and ear for creating pure pop masterpieces, Fricot owns the stage with his rich baritone and his emotive fusion of rock, soul, folk and jazz. Don't believe me? Radio legend Alan Cross said that √¢‚Ç¨≈ìif you like Chris Martin, then there√¢‚Ç¨‚Ñ¢s no way you won√¢‚Ç¨‚Ñ¢t like this Canadian√¢‚Ç¨¬ù. Well known producer Jeff Dawson has called him √¢‚Ç¨≈ìthe new Neil Diamond√¢‚Ç¨¬ù.
He's got the credentials to go along with the musical chops as well, having toured across Canada with his former band the Painted Birds for several years. After The Painted Birds decided to go their separate ways, Dom took a few months off for some personal time and self-reflection, debating whether he could continue on his own. After experiencing a particularly painful breakup, he channeled his heartbreak and loss into his music, creating the songs that would lay the foundation for his debut EP 'If Baby Could Walk'. The songs run the gamut from breezy, Jack Johnson-esque pop to haunting piano ballads that wouldn't sound out of place on a Coldplay album, and perfectly encapsulate the highs and lows of falling in and losing love.
Since the release of If Baby Could Walk in June of 2012, Fricot has been making waves in not only British Columbia, but across Canada. The record√¢‚Ç¨‚Ñ¢s lead single √¢‚Ç¨≈ìHaunted by Love√¢‚Ç¨¬ù was quickly picked up by Vancouver radio stations the Fox and the Peak, the latter adding the song into heavy rotation. Vancouver√¢‚Ç¨‚Ñ¢s the Shore 104 was quick to follow suit when they selected the single for their September √¢‚Ç¨≈ìBest of BC√¢‚Ç¨¬ù contest, adding √¢‚Ç¨≈ìHaunted by Love√¢‚Ç¨¬ù to their own rotation and awarding Fricot with the $10,000 prize. Fricot went on to invest a portion of his grant money into a very striking music video for the single that was immediately endorsed by Alan Cross.
In the midst of all this good fortune, Fricot has maintained a steady work ethic, touring both Western and Eastern Canada in the spring and summer of 2012, with notable sold out release shows in Vancouver and Victoria. Fricot has also been busy competing as one of the top 20 artists in the Peak Performance Project. To put more on his plate, Fricot also recently led an initiative with the Music Heals Charitable foundation, where he collaborated with several local businesses and schools across the lower BC to collect used iPods for music therapy programs.
Whatever you call him, the comparisons don't do Dom justice. He's a true original, a one of a kind talent, and a rapidly rising star. Don't miss his unique blend of charm, stage domination, and relatable, heartfelt music as he continues to build his empire in 2013 and beyond.