Canadian singer/songwriter Ron Sexsmith recently participated in an installment of the GRAMMY Museum's The Drop series. Before an intimate audience at the Museum's Clive Davis Theater, Sexsmith discussed his songwriting process, working with producer Bob Rock on 2011's Long Player Late Bloomer and his new album, Forever Endeavour. Sexsmith also performed a brief set featuring songs from Forever Endeavour, including "Nowhere Is" and "Sneak Out The Back Door."
"Musically you tend to tiptoe around things sometimes but I was kind of in a very confessional place [on Forever Endeavor]," said Sexsmith. "You want to write songs that are personal but without being claustrophobic because you want it to be something that is universal."
A singer/songwriter who has drawn acclaim from fellow artists such as Elvis Costello, Paul McCartney and John Hiatt, Sexsmith self-released his first album, Grand Opera Lane, in 1991. The album helped him land a deal with Interscope Records, which released his self-titled major label debut in 1995. Smith proved to be a formidable songwriter, releasing a string of albums including Whereabouts (1999), Blue Boy (2001) and Time Being (2006). In 2011 Sexsmith released Long Player Late Bloomer. Produced by Rock (Aerosmith, Metallica, Mötley Crüe) the album peaked at No. 9 on Billboard's Folk Albums chart.
Released in February, Forever Endeavour is produced by GRAMMY-nominated producer Mitchell Froom (Los Lobos, Sheryl Crow, Paul McCartney) and features 14 tracks written or co-written by Sexsmith, including "Nowhere Is," "Sneak Out The Back Door" and "Snake Road." Sexsmith is currently in the midst of an international tour, with dates scheduled through October.
Upcoming GRAMMY Museum events include The Drop: Molly Ringwald (May 20), Reel To Reel: Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me (June 4), An Evening With Bad Company (June 11), and Spotlight: Josh Ritter (June 13).