Wild Strawberries was formed by Toronto natives Ken Harrison and Roberta Carter in the late '80s.
From D.Y.I early 90's success, to major label gold and now back again to their indie roots ~ They are the Wild Strawberries (also known as Ken Harrison and Roberta Carter-Harrison). Over the years the Harrison's have built up a significant and loyal fan base, beginning with their self-released indie cassette "Carving Wood Spectacles" and subsequently their 1992 debut CD, Grace. 1993 EP, "Life Sized Marilyn Monroe", was the perfect precursor to their follow-up breakthrough album, "Bet You Think I'm Lonely". Both albums spawned title track hit singles, the latter garnering them a Juno nomination for Best New Band. After signing to Nettwerk in 1995, and seeing their album "Heroine" hit gold, the Wild Strawberries found themselves in a whirlwind of mainstream success, with more radio hits, an intense tour schedule (incl. Lilith Fair dates) and an ever growing fan base who could not get enough of the charming couple with their captivating brand of moody "Arty-Pop". The pair went on to release 1998's "Quiver" and then "Twist" in 2000, a critically acclaimed album that began as a Nettwerk-supported project and ended up being released independently after creative differences at the label forced the Harrisons to go out on their own. And so ended the Wild Strawberries label dependency for good. According to Ken Harrison, the writer/producer of the pop/rock duo "we kind of feel like we owe something to the people who have stuck with us for so long". Inspired by their fans they released the album Deformative years in 2005. The happily married high school sweethearts live and work in a small hamlet outside of Toronto, Ontario with their children. They are still involved with music but have no musical releases on the immediate horizon. They hope to re-connect with their fans here and acquire some new ones who appreciate their alternative approach to music. Wild Strawberries is a Canadian pop rock band consisting of married couple Roberta Carter-Harrison (vocals) and Ken Harrison, who are also, respectively, a physiotherapist and a doctor by trade. They have released a number of albums, their latest being Go Project (2013). Contents · 1 History o 1.1 Collaborations · 2 Discography · 3 Singles · 4 Notes and references · 5 External links History Wild Strawberries was established during the couple's time at university, during which they would hold jam sessions with friends. In 1988, the band submitted the song "Crying Shame" to Toronto radio station CFNY for its new music search contest; it won the contest, and received airplay from the station. Harrison established a studio, enabling the band to produce its early releases independently, and led to the founding of the Strawberry Records label. The album Grace drew the attention of record label A&M Records of Canada, which would distribute its next release, the album Bet You Think I'm Lonely. The success of Bet You Think I'm Lonely resulted in a national concert tour and a contract with Nettwerk, a Vancouver-based independent record label, for the production of their albums. Two albums were released under that label; a third album, Twist, was initially sponsored by Nettwerk, but creative differences resulted in the dissolution of the partnership. The band has since eliminated all dependence on record labels, preferring instead independent production and promotion; the band has adopted a strategy to promote themselves directly to fans. With the release of Deformative Years, the band simultaneously released an extended web film utilizing music from the album. The costs of producing this video were substantially lower than a music video production for television music stations, such as MTV or MuchMusic. The success of Bet You Think I'm Lonely also earned the band a 1995 Juno Award nomination for Best New Group. Other early hits for the duo included "Life-Sized Marilyn Monroe" and "Crying Shame". The song "I Don't Want To Think About It" is part of the soundtrack of the 1996 film Foxfire. Other songs by the band have been included in the soundtrack for the films At Satchem Farm, The Highwayman (2000), Stir of Echoes (1999), Suspicious River (2000), and Universal Soldier II: Brothers in Arms (1998). Collaborations One of the band's most-heard songs, "Wrong to Let You Go", was preceded and followed by collaborations with other musicians. The concept for the track was defined by Alan Fletcher, executive producer at Warner Music Canada, after Roberta Carter-Harrison sang at his wedding alongside flamenco guitarist Robert Michaels. It was then recorded with Michaels for volume 3 of the Women & Songs compilation album series and later appeared as an unnumbered track on the Twist album. Subsequently, Alan Fletcher from Warner put the band in contact with German electronic dance producer and DJ André Tanneberger (ATB). Tanneberger produced a remix of the song, released as an ATB single re-titled "Let U Go". This popularized the song on both continents, as the single reached number 18 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play charts and number 7 on the German Singles Chart. The song also marked the point in ATB's musical output when he began to produce songs with full vocal tracks, as opposed to sampled and looped vocals. The Wild Strawberries and ATB went on to collaborate on further songs, including the following ATB single "Hold You" and album tracks from the 2002 ATB album Dedicated, and multiple subsequent singles ("I Don't Wanna Stop", "Long Way Home") and album tracks from the 2003 ATB album Addicted to Music. All songs were co-written between Ken and Tanneberger, with vocals by Roberta. Tanneberger later produced a new recording of "Let U Go" for the 2005 greatest hits compilation Seven Years: 1998-2005, with new male vocalist Jan Löchel. Sarah McLachlan played guitar on and appeared in the video for "I Don't Want to Think About It". The band participated in all three years of the Lilith Fair music festival, which McLachlan founded.