The HP’s featuring Claire Davis

“Hope to see you again” / “Better things”

Label: LRK Records 
Catalogue: LRK-15
Release Date: 5th August 2022
Format: 7’

The late Sharon Jones, a key inspiration for Renaud, is honoured via a killer version of her classic tune, “Better Things.” The soulful vocals of Claire Davis are accompanied by jaunty horns and keyboards, and the cool groove befits the positive lyrics (“I’m a better woman than I have been”).

Giving this cover extra resonance are the memorable encounters both Davis and Renaud had with Jones back in 2015. A documentary portrait of the soul great, Miss Sharon Jones!, had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), and Claire Davis was doing a house concert playing DapKings songs that night.

The band came across the party and jammed along, then, when one of the Dap Kings backup singers couldn’t cross the border, Claire got the call to fill in at Sharon Jones’ headlining show at Hamilton’s Supercrawl fest.

In a cool twist of fate, Mike Renaud was one of the organizers of that show, and was tasked with looking after Sharon. The two bonded instantly and deeply, as Mike recalls. “While driving her to soundcheck, Sharon confided in me that her cancer had returned. She didn’t want anyone to know, as the documentary was about her conquering it and she didn’t want people to be bummed out at the news. It was my 40th birthday that day, and Sharon actually stopped her show to sing me Happy Birthday in a soulful way! 

For more info:

Liam Kenney – LRK Records