2015 BC Musician Magazine songwriter of the year and full-time road dog, Winona Wilde - a.k.a. Noosa Al-Sarraj - is a songwriter, award-winning vocalist, producer and multi-instrumentalist taking the folking world by storm.
Slinging her boisterous brand of alt-country, folk & blues everywhere from rowdy bars to hushed chapels, this gal has been packing on the miles across Canada & the U.S since the release of her first album in 2013. Produced by Nathan Tinkham (Ian Tyson, Great Western Orchestra), Wild North was dubbed “Gorgeous!” by CBC Radio One and plays like a dreamy old western soundscape.
But her undeniable strength as a songwriter is showcased in the independent release of her follow-up album, You Lose Some, You Lose Some, which enjoyed national success when it was included in the National top 50 and National top 10 Folk/Roots/Blues college charts during the summer of 2015, and received songwriting awards from Folk Music Ontario, BC Musician Magazine and a nomination for the Colleen Patterson songwriting award.
The album was mailed out with a self-proclaimed mission to "take over the old boys club of Canadian Folk Music" and has been in heavy rotation across Canada ever since.
Originally from Peterborough, Ontario, she was always a voracious bookworm with a vivid imagination and a piano for a best friend. Her insatiable appetite for words and adventure, and years upon years of music instruction led her down a number of partially suitable career paths (Opera Singer, Lawyer, Dishwasher in that order) before finally landing, to everyone’s delight, in this one.
With a lust for the road and material for a third album already on its way, this powerhouse of a musician is just getting started.
"Winona Wilde is champion of the underdog, a blue collar heroine.
Demigod of the downtrodden, she calls us all in, together, and using the precision of her well honed voice and her captivating charm, she opens us up and shows us what we're made of. Messy and sparkling we get to leave the theatre together, intact, illuminated and staring our humanity in the face. "
-Verses Festival of Words (Vancouver, BC)
"John Prine with a Ph.D. in Dorothy Parker."
-Sandy Irvin, Folkus Concert Series
“We’re talking some sultry, alt-country blues.”
- Mark Anthony Brennan, Ride The Tempo
"Winona Wilde don't mind looking truth in the eye, she stares it down and then paints it
out loud with the sweetness and depth of a deep brown sugar."
-CFUR 88.7 FM (Prince George, BC)
-CBC Radio One, Bandwidth (Ottawa, ON)