When singer/songwriter Alana Levandoski starts recording the follow-up to her acclaimed debut, Unsettled Down, she'll be doing it with someone who knows a thing or two. U.K.-based producer Ken Nelson is joining Levandoski at a church in Kelwood, Manitoba -- Levandoski's home town -- to do some recording on her sophomore effort before heading to Liverpool, England for sessions at the world-class Parr Street Studios.
Three-time Grammy Award winner Nelson is best known for his work with Gomez and Coldplay, as well as Badly Drawn Boy, Echo & The Bunnymen, Kings Of Convenience, and Snow Patrol.
Leading up to the recording, Levandoski has been co-writing with American country/roots songwriters Rebecca Lynn Howard, Quinn Loggins, Sam Ashworth, James LeBlanc, Rachel Thibodeau, and Gary Nichols. She also co-wrote with Sylvia Tyson, Colin Cripps, and Simon Wilcox in Canada.
Levandoski's first recording was released by indie roots giant Rounder Records in Canada in 2005 and in Europe in 2006. Since then, she's spent a fair amount of time in Europe, including a 2006 tour with Dar Williams, Lynn Miles, and Caroline Herring, and Jess Klein, opening slots for Elana James Trio and Blue Rodeo, and another tour of Ireland and England in 2007 with Miles.
Back in her home country, Levandoski has toured with Corb Lund, and did shows with Stephen Fearing, Randy Bachman, The Arrogant Worms, and Tanya Tucker.
There's no word yet on a release date for Levandoski's new recording.