Goldie Boutilier is a Canadian singer-songwriter. Raised on the music of Tammy Wynette and Dolly Parton, her music is noted for its cinematic quality and exploration of tragic romance, glamour, and melancholia, containing references to her small-town upbringing, with a nod to 1950s and 1960s Americana. Singing began for her at an early age and from her first performance at age five in her hometown with The Men of the Deeps Choir – North America’s only coal miners’ choir, to using her family’s junkyard business as a rehearsal space, she dreamt about a life outside of the small town of Reserve Mines, located in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.
Goldie moved to Los Angeles at the age of 20, and after being discovered by Ryan Tedder, signed her first record deal with Interscope Records. Amid commercially successful features with Diplo and Steve Aoki, three years later, with numerous budget cuts, artistic-direction changes, and working with over 50 producers in order to find the right “sound”, there had still not been one single release. After parting ways with her long-time manager and finding herself signed and dropped eight times over the next six years, she moved to Paris in 2017 and began working with producer, Guillaume Doubet. Between 2017-2019, they recorded and released Eps: Very Best, Skin, alongside singles: Michael’s Song, Touch You Where it Hurts, and Decision. At the end of 2019, still grieving the loss of her best friend years later while finding her way in a foreign country where she did not speak the language, she sought comfort in the music of her childhood. The revisiting of the sounds and memories of her upbringing inspired Goldie to begin writing what would be her first full-length album, Emerald Year. Influenced by her Cape Breton roots and the types of stories they could tell, the creation process of the album was a swift departure from her previous releases, and one that sent her on a journey of honesty, purity, pain, vulnerability, and a healing return to herself.