Folk \ Easy Listening
Selina Boland describes her music as “Folk-Pop with a touch of the Atlantic Ocean Breeze”. She is a free-spirited, passionate singer/songwriter and guitarist performing poetic and storytelling songs. Her captivating stage presence invites listeners to suspend their realities into her remarkable voice and haunting melodies.
Selina was born in Newfoundland to beloved Lukey's Boat folk singer, the late Laverne Squires. Her musical influences include Traditional Newfoundland, Irish, Classical, Folk, and 60’s Rock. Selina began performing in 2005, gaining experience in the local circuit of St. John's venues and making frequent trips to Woodstock, New York for shows. In 2008, her singles "Orphan" and "Hero" were both ranked among the Top Ten Songs in the Newfoundland and Labrador section of the National Songwriting Competition and were featured on local media outlets. "Orphan" also helped raise funds for the Bring Me Hope Foundation for orphans in China. In 2011, Selina released an EP, "Defined is Confined." The song "A Man Riding a Donkey" was selected to appear on the iTunes "AMAZING Compilation" to raise funds for the Canadian Cancer Society.
During the 2015 East Coast Music Week, Selina played the Opportunity Stage and RBC Breakout Stage, and was one of five artists selected for a live interview and performance at CBC's "Wake up the ECMAs." The East Coast Countdown chose the song "Puppet on a String" off her latest album, "Second Chances," as the Producer’s Pick for the Week of March 8th, 2015. Selina went on to promote the album on her solo Canadian tour in June and July of 2015, ending the tour at the Annual Brigus Blueberry Folk Festival in Newfoundland.
In 2015 Selina was nominated for awards by MusicNL for Female Artist of the Year and Pop/Rock Recording of the Year. She then opened for Juno-nominated folk band The Fortunate Ones and played the East to West Fort McMurray Fundraiser with Alan Doyle (Great Big Sea) and Tim Baker (Hey Rosetta!). In Summer of 2016 Selina played shows in Ireland, Scotland and Germany, returning to Newfoundland in July to share the stage with Juno-nominated roots band The Once, Sherman Downey, Shanneyganock, and The Masterless Men at Squidfest. She returned to Europe in Summer of 2017 for shows in Ireland and Denmark. In Fall of 2018 she was invited to Live at Heart Festival in Sweden and has since been invited back.
On Feb 22nd, 2019 Selina released her third album, The Cold and promoted it across western Canada opening for Port Cities in Calgary then travelling to Europe for shows in Germany and Switzerland in July, 2019. She is currently in Newfoundland playing regular shows at The Green Door and The Ship while working on her fourth album for release in early 2020.