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Not every young Canadian singer-songwriter gets to launch her CD with a live appearance on the satellite station Sirius XM.

The 2014 show was hosted by Dave Marsh, author of more than 25 books on rock and roll and known as the “dean of American rock writers” who considers himself her biggest fan.

And that’s how Ariana Gillis, from St. Catharines, Ontario, began to premiere her second album, Forget Me Not. Earlier, Marsh had played a track — John and the Monster — from an advance copy of the CD; one response was a phone call from an enthusiastic listener who wanted to know more about the unusual song, and the performer. The mystery caller was none other than Bernie Taupin.

 
“I’m staggered by how good she is. I can honestly say she’s the most exciting thing I’ve heard in a long time,” Elton’s co-writer has stated.
 
He is now asking music fans to support  the young woman and her upcoming album, Head Full of Stars.
 
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