This week, Donald Glenn’s Songs for Sunday features the well known Sunshine Coast Singer-Songwriter and Recording Artist Patricia Burnett, who recently released a new single called Dear Michaels. Written in the form of a letter from Canada to Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig, who are spending their third Christmas in the custody of the People’s Republic of China, the song laments the injustice of their captivity and sends the message that Canada has not forgotten them and remains determined to bring them home. As Burnett explained in a recent Global News Interview, it was the unjust separation of the two men from their families that inspired her to pen the song.
Burnett, who has been entertaining audiences throughout Canada for many years, began her musical training at age six with classical piano. As a child she performed as a solo singer and in a trio with her two older sisters at Vancouver festivals and many well-known Lower Mainland venues like the Showboat and Queen Elizabeth Theatres. Later in life, she turned toward the pop and rock scenes performing as a lead singer and keyboard player for several Lower Mainland bands and touring Canada with the rock band Junction. As a solo performer, Burnett has enthralled Vancouver audiences with her powerful vocals and piano virtuosity. Her Carole King Tribute, which combines music with storytelling about King’s life, is a perennial favourite. Now living in Madeira Park with her supportive husband Vince, Burnett is writing, entertaining, recording, and in her words, “living the dream.”