Momentum has been steadily building for Ottawa artist DRAE, punctuated by buzzworthy performances at the 2017 editions of CBC JUNOfest and RBC Bluesfest, as well as this year's Canadian Music Week. On top of being well-received by the audience and critics alike, the performances hold extra meaning for DRAE (born Andre Thibault), as they are the culmination of nearly a lifetime of friendship and music with longtime bandmates and collaborators Braden Sabourin (guitar) and Matt Robillard (drums). The trio’s musical journey starts more than ten years ago when they met in high school, eventually forming an alternative band together -- The Second Silverado -- and competing in the LiVE 88.5 Big Money Shot in 2013.

The following year, the group took the summer off, allowing DRAE time to tap into his audio engineering background and tinker with another form of music he had long been a fan of: hip hop. In the beginning, DRAE took on every aspect of writing, recording and engineering himself before eventually bringing Robillard and Sabourin in, a decision he believes has helped him grow as an artist. “I create music from my own headspace -- lyrically, production wise -- and now that they're involved, it’s cool to have not only the instrumental influence, but the emotional influence from their perspectives as well.” DRAE says.

DRAE released his debut LP "E/SCAPE" in September of 2016, receiving critical acclaim from press both locally and outside the Ottawa region. Now with Sabourin on guitar and Robillard on drums, the group continues to work on new material and keep that momentum going. “We’ve worked damn hard to get to where we’re at right now,” DRAE professes. “What separates what we’re doing from everybody else is just straight perseverance. I say this with a great amount of fear, but also optimism -- this is my Plan A, B, C, D, E, F.”

DRAE will be releasing a new project in spring of 2018, and will be dropping singles leading up to its release. Keep checking here and on social media everywhere @itsDRAEmusic for updates!