Photo by Kadee McFarlane
Saffron A is a songwriter who sings and plays the octave mandolin and mandocello. Her compositions are challenging for the listener, her lyrics are emotionally intimate, yet she is a personable entertainer. She paints deep, dark, verbal portraits with broad strokes of wit and authenticity that belie her years.
Saffron’s sound is ever-evolving, and she doesn’t identify with a specific genre, though she has a distinct style that carries through all of her music. Her music sits where emotion and intellect intersect.
Saffron A has sung all of her life. Both of her parents are musicians, and they involved her in lessons from a young age. She studied classical baroque voice for seven years, and performed in a chamber choir. This training has greatly influenced her compositions, and is reflected in her melodies.
Saffron A started officially performing as a solo artist in October 2016, and she has graced the stage of notable Toronto venues such as Horseshoe Tavern, Lee’s Palace, Junction City Music Hall, The Cavern, and Free Times Café. In the past year she has branched out to other cities such as Peterborough, Hamilton, Montreal and Ottawa to promote the release of her singles, and her debut EP Introspection.
In November of 2017, Saffron A was awarded a full scholarship to attend the Songwriter’s Getaway run by Toronto Songwriting School (owned and operated by Murray Foster), based on the merit of her song “Introspection”. She was also chosen to participate in the BarrieFolk Youth Program based on her song “Circadian Rhythm”. In May 2018, Saffron A showcased her music at Canadian Music Week. She participated in the Developing Artist Program at Folk Music Ontario this past September, and showcased with Philadelphia Folksong Society at the Northeast Regional Folk Alliance in Stamford Connecticut.
What’s next? Saffron A is currently crafting her first full length concept album, which will be released as a series of EP’s over the next year. This record follows her journey through navigating the emotional fallout of sexual assault. This spring and summer, she will be touring around Ontario and beyond!
Photo by Jasmine Zhang, edited by Miranda Shou