BURLINGTON — Tim Archer is using his music to give back not only to his newly adopted home, but to people like his late mother.
The 43-year-old Ontario native, known simply as Archer in the music world, is an internationally known country and gospel performer with five albums and hit singles “You Have Met,” “Let’s Dance” and “Blue of the Sky” to his credit.
Two years ago, he made P.E.I. his home.
“I got tired of the rat race, I really did,” he said of why he pulled up stakes and moved to the Island. “I had been to P.E.I. a couple of times, never on tour… and I just loved it. Years had passed and finally I had the brainwave to just drop everything I was doing, even in the midst of this CD I was doing, and just move, not telling anyone what I was doing, where I was going or what was happening.”
It’s a move he hasn’t regretted.
“I found my home. This is it.”
Since moving to P.E.I., Archer became immersed in Island life and the local music scene, a scene, he said, that has welcomed him with open arms, evidenced by his recent Music P.E.I. Award nomination for country recording of the year.
That album, “Emotional and Inspirational,” a compilation of country and gospel music with 12 new tracks, is now being launched and the video for the track, “I’ll Never Let Go,” is ready to make its debut on CMT.
As a way of giving back, Archer along partner, Walmart, will donate a portion of the proceeds from CDs sold at two upcoming events to the local Children’s Miracle Network.
The events — meet and greets and performances by the artist — go the afternoons of Feb. 13 and 15 at the store’s Charlottetown location and the afternoons of Feb. 15 and 16 at the Summerside store.
“It is going to start here on the Island and we are going to eventually reach out off Island and move forward as the year progresses,” said Archer of the partnership. “I’ve done it before in Ontario for different causes. The fans show up and it is just an amazing one-on-one day with them. We have a lot of fun.”
Archer has also lent talent to aid local organizations, from the Heart and Stroke Foundation and the Indian River Festival’s venue, St. Mary’s Church to local Women’s Institutes.
Now, he’s in talks with the Canadian Cancer Society to become a spokesperson and have his song, “I’ll Never Let Go,” which was produced by award-winning producer Carman Guerri from the U.S., and local producers Gordon Belsher and Richard Wood, used by the organization as a fundraiser.
The song, written with Jim Richardson, is about someone both men knew who and had lost to cancer.
“I wanted to turn it around into a love story,” said Archer. “Instead of focusing on the death, this is about life and how they impacted our life and how important it is to let people know how much we care.”
It was cancer that took the singer’s mother when he was 22. She and his father, who passed away a short time later, were his biggest fans.
That’s why he is excited about partnering with the cancer society, so that he can pay tribute to his late mother and help others battling the disease.
“What hurt the most when it (her death) first happened is that I tried to tour and I tried to go back on the road and do shows where, front row and centre, was always my Mom and Dad,” he added. “She would be very, very proud right now.”
To learn more about Archer, visit http://www.reverbnation.com/timarcher.