Dipping their toes into the music scene is just what the indie-folk duo Lotus and the Wildflower have been doing since 2013. Singer-Songwriter Carina Rempel and band partner Juhli Jobi released their first studio recorded album Toes in the Water on August 9th 2014 . The 7 track album includes musical accompaniments from local musicians creating a layered, full sound on the album. Offering sweet and earthy melodies with a splash of lyrical activism leaves a light and playful feeling while pondering the footprint we all make on this earth. August of 2016 Piano in the Grass was released. A 3 song EP filled with uplifting rythyms and lyrics for the listener to absorb.
“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone” is a Neale Donald Walsch quote which guides Carina in her musical endeavors. Pursuing her lifelong passion has meant stepping out of her comfort zone time after time. Reuniting with her love for writing and singing Carina dusted off her guitar a few years ago after it was tucked away for over 10 years. Self-taught from the start, she continues to grow her passion, evolving lyrically and vocally as she continues to write for future albums.
As an unassuming bystander, Juhli started playing ukulele about 4 years ago with hopes of learning a few chords to be able to play songs by the campfire, little did she know there were other plans lurking in the bushes. Organically the music grew from little riffs of accompaniment to some backup vocals and even harmonies.
Invitations to perform at local festivals started flowing in before the album was even complete. Lotus and the Wildflower have played many of the festivals in their hometown of Powell River BC as well as trendy local venues such as Base Camp cafe which is becoming a popular venue for touring musicians. Accompanying Carina and Juhli on stage and adding toe tapping rhythms to the album is Djembe player Chris Weekes -former member of the Vancouver based band Blue Voodoo . Lotus and the Wildflower have doubled-billed with artists Dawna ( HarpPixie ) McLennan from Kaslo BC and Vancouver Island singer -songwriter Shauna Janz. They recently took their music on the road over to Vancouver Island , this marked their first mini tour.