High Priestess Publishing Expands Roster With New Signings Lana Winterhalt And Jesse Northey.
High Priestess Publishing and Six Shooter Records are pleased to welcome Temi Argyropoulos to the team as Publishing and Sync Manager, a role that will see industry veteran Argyropoulos working with a wide scope of repertoire including the label’s extensive 20-year catalogue, Six Shooter’s own publishing company Girl On A Horse, which represents Tanya Tagaq, Amelia Curran, Zaki Ibrahim and more, and new venture High Priestess Publishing, run by Kim Temple. “Music licensing has always been my passion,” says Argyropoulos. “From film and TV placements to big advertisements and video game trailers, it’s always been a thrill to see creative efforts come to fruition.”
2020 sync highlights included blockbuster placements for The Dead South’s “In Hell I’ll Be In Good Company,” which hit the Global Shazam Top 50 after it appeared in Netflix’s Umbrella Academy Season 2. The song also recently appeared in American Gods (Starz). As the size and scope of the rosters grow, Six Shooter’s publishing reach continues to expand in new directions. “Temi will be instrumental in helping us grow our publishing and sync divisions,” says Temple, Director of Licensing & Publishing. “With her background and experience, along with the relationships she’s fostered over the years, she’s an incredible addition to our team.”
On the subject of growth, High Priestess builds on its first year successes with two new signings to start 2021. Winnipeg songwriter Lana Winterhalt, whose work includes the recently released EP Still, is making her name with a mix of contemplative instrumental songs, unabashed pop jams and cinematic anthems. High Priestess also welcomes the multitalented, many-hatted Jesse Northey (formerly of Jesse and the Dandelions), who will set his sights on composing/scoring for film and television under Temple’s direction.
In High Priestess’ first year of operations, Temple signed Witch Prophet, James Baley, DJ/Producer SUN SUN, and Zaki Ibrahim for outside writing and scoring. Witch Prophet’s DNA Activation was shortlisted for the Polaris Music Prize in 2020 and her short film “Tesfay,” will be featured at the SXSW Film Festival in March. James Baley’s collaborations with U.S.Girls, July Talk and Badge Epoque Ensemble put him in the spotlight in 2020. His much-anticipated solo project “A Story” will be released in Spring 2021.
Listen to the official High Priestess playlist here.
ABOUT TEMI ARGYROPOULOS
Temi Argyropoulos is a familiar name in the Canadian music industry and music supervision community. It all started in the mid 90s at MCA Records where Temi began her licensing career in mechanical licensing and found her knack for licensing in all forms, including compilations, and eventually synchronization. For the past 20 years, she’s worked with many talented artists and songwriters at Warner Music Canada, Sony Music Entertainment Canada and most recently, Anthem Entertainment.
ABOUT LANA WINTERHELT
Multi-instrumentalist, producer, composer and artist Lana Winterhalt delivers enigmatic and layered compositions inspired by breakups, insomnia, and true love. She sings with warm restraint over piano ballads like Diamonds and Right, and mines playful pop melodies on her debut full-length album If & When (2018). Winterhalt’s production is at once experimental, warm and bold (Maybe I’m Just Tired – remix).
On her EPs Still and Hold On To Me, written during the pandemic, she experiments with minimalist lyrics leading the listener on an existential journey while offering up reassurance through beauty, art and religion. Her repertoire also includes neo-classical instrumentals like “It Was Pouring Rain Then Just Like That The Sun Was Shining,” reminiscent of fellow Canadians Alexandra Stréliski and Jean-Michel Blais. Her latest EP Still offers a soothing backdrop for uplifting meditation, reflection, and decompression. File next to: Lucy Dacus, Enya and Feist.
ABOUT JESSE NORTHEY
There is neither smoke nor mirror when it comes to Jesse Northey’s music. Rather, the goal is to explode the artificed facade: of masculinity, of names, of ambition itself.
But he has done much: he’s a recording engineer, producer, composer and, of course, musician in his own right. Once a frontman for Jesse and the Dandelions, Onion Knight is Northey’s first album under his own name, unfettered. Produced by Thomas D’Arcy (The Sheepdogs, NOBRO, Yukon Blonde), the album is a shirking off of the combative way we have with our emotions, the effort we put into obfuscating (or hewing away) our intuitive meaning, especially when it comes to the intersect of gender and feeling. “It’s okay to be sensitive and sincere, that’s a strong quality and not something that is a weakness,” he says.
Newly signed to Toronto’s freshest publishing company, High Priestess, Jesse has recently started composing and producing bespoke songs and scores for film and television.