Titus Calderbank has a voice that can stop an audience in its tracks. The Vancouver musician can effortlessly shift from a smooth croon to a soulful vibrato to a note-perfect howl — sometimes all within the same song.
Titus' awe-inspiring voice was the cornerstone of his wildly ambitious 2017 project when he aimed to write, record and release 365 songs throughout the year. He called it the 365 Songwriting Challenge — but by the end of the year, he had only written 185.
“I would work a full day, get home and then start working on these songs. I would go until 3 or 4 in the morning, however long it took,” Titus remembers. Laughing, he adds. “I kept asking, ‘Why am I doing this to myself?!’”
Even though he fell short of his original goal, 185 songs is still a hell of a lot — that’s a lifetime worth of material for many artists. Not every song was magic, of course, but many of them were gorgeous folk ballads or towering R&B-inspired anthems. Full of plaintive guitar, nimble keys and the occasional ukulele, the stripped-down bedroom arrangements highlighted the aching power of Titus’s voice.
Having spent 2018 honing his live chops, including an appearance at JUNOfest, and 2019/2020 further developing the artistic vision that his songs would fit into, Titus is now preparing to release official studio versions of some of the highlights created during this time.
Titus already has a jaw-dropping voice and huge catalogue - and now it’s time for him to share it with the world.
The development plan for TITUS BANK is to launch the project with a consistent stream of singles every 4-6 weeks focusing on connecting with audiences in markets where there is existing engagement/history and/or advantageous opportunities in place (CAN/US/UK) and expand that based on the results observed each step of the way. The consistency of releases, as well as the ability to analyze the impact of each, will allow us to optimize consecutive releases and compound on successes
Debut single "I Do Yeah" (released May 13) has over 125k streams with 50k in the first month. Current single "Hide Me Like You Do" (released July 8) building faster with over 95k streams. Many more singles lined up for consistent release to keep growth going
BBC Radio 1 Indie Show DJ Jack Saunders highlighted a video of Titus playing "I Do Yeah" on TikTok after he posted a call-out for new artist's music on the platform. Titus was the first artist to be highlighted out of hundreds of responses which subsequently lead to multiple spins on BBC Radio 1. Follow-up radio campaigns for singles planned in the UK, Canada and the US
The majority of upcoming singles were co-written and produced by Toronto indie-pop group Valley
Significant international playlisting support from Spotify (Pop All Day, Contemporary Blend, Fresh Finds, Fresh Finds: Pop), Apple Music (New in Pop, New Music Daily) and more
Titus challenged himself to write and release a song every day in 2018 ending up with 180+ original songs released on his YouTube channel, which led to him becoming a Top 10 artist in the 2019 CBC Spotlight program, playing Festival D’ete in Quebec City and several other support slots on big stages in Vancouver and Toronto.