Ranger, who hails from Vancouver, Canada, could be found in an encyclopedia under “multi-talented”. Her music spans multiple genres, she has knowledge in many academic fields, and powered through a long time of evolving sounds and demands.
In 2002, Ranger’s first full length record, Replies, came after having songs on iconic TV shows like Party of Five in 1997 and Dawson’s Creek in 1999 and 2000, as well as the TV documentary Ultimate: Spirit of the Game in 2001. In Replies, Ranger gives an edgier sound, and draws on influences from rock, pop and jazz, to name a few. For a first album, Ranger blew it out of the water in the early aughts, and everything that has followed has ridden those waves.
Her albums Bloom (2006), Winter Town (2009), and Fall into You (2011), each had their own unique personalities, which gave Ranger the chance to showcase her diverse sound and skill set. After her debut album, Ranger took her second, Bloom, in a different direction. More country and folk influences were heard with the 2006 release, again displaying just how much she can do.
Winter Town – a Christmas album with both original songs and beloved classics – followed in 2009. Finally, acoustic pop took center stage on the 2011 album, Fall into You.
Now, six years since releasing her last single, “Beautiful Baby”, Ranger is back to be sure no one forgets just how versatile and magnetic her sound is. “Confession” is a pure and simple ode to a deeply loved individual, ripe with warm, fluid pop grooves one would expect. Ranger describes “Confession” as a “love letter to someone from the past.” Sounds about right.
With soulful and vulnerable lyrics conveying an experience most can relate to, coupled with appealing 90s-inspired pop sounds, “Confession” is a powerful single leading up to the songwriter’s May EP release.