A year after a wildfire swept through, scarring much of the landscape, Marshall Potts has done some work on himself and is looking for the silver linings.
The Sparks Lake wildfire wiped out most of the trees on his property just northwest of Kamloops. But now, as loggers salvage any timber they can, Potts can only see the rolling grassland hills and young trees left to grow.
The fire forced him to leave his property in late June of 2021, subsequently delaying the music he had planned to release.
“I don’t lament things not happening on time anymore. I have more patience with it and I always look for the silver lining in everything,” he told KTW.
Potts released his third album in March and singles from The Storm have been trickling out all year. The latest is Let It All Go, which reflects Potts’ new philosophy.
“I think I’m just more honest. I got out of my head and more into the heart space. I’m trying to do that in my life, so it’s coming out in the music,” he said.
Potts’ latest effort is an earnest one, following newfound self-reflection and some work he’s done with himself, seeing how events in his childhood can grow into bigger issues and have real effects in adulthood.
“So that was a process I did and, as I did that, my creativity and ability to get a message out that wasn’t my ego — it was for other people as much as it was for me — that’s how I went about it,” he said.
Potts said he hopes his latest album will stir up things people need within themselves and inspire them to be brave in pursuing their passion.
“I hope it’s a really clear mirror to them. This is my goal with music going forward,” he said.
The country/rock musician also has big plans to tour in the coming years, with shows this fall in Toronto and Quebec, where he said he has received plenty of radio play.
“Like any artist, I just want to tour and play. You want to get in touch and experience life with other people,” he said.
The tour will continue in 2023. Potts said he is working on dates in Europe, including the U.K. and Sweden in the spring of next year.
Next out from The Storm will be another single, Heaven and Home, which will be released on July 25. Potts’ music is available on major streaming services and on his website, marshallpotts.com.