Michelle Noftall's new album has its roots in a family love story
Have a First Listen to Michelle Noftall's album, Roots in the Water
Michelle Noftall's second solo album, Roots in the Water, is a concept album which digs into an extraordinary tale from Noftall's family history.
"My great-grandfather, James Inniss, was a stowaway from Barbados," said Noftall.
"He arrived in Fortune around 1900, and he stayed there."
In researching more about her great-grandfather's story, Noftall learned that Inniss was biracial, and about 14 years old when he boarded a ship in Barbados that eventually pulled into port in Fortune, on the Burin Peninsula.
There, Inniss fell in love with and eventually married Nancy Lake, a young woman from a prominent family in Fortune.
Together, they raised seven children, including Noftall's grandfather.
Inspired by their love
Noftall said as she was researching her great-grandfather's story, the songs for Roots in the Water came quite easily to her.
She said that the story of James Inniss appears to have a happy ending.
"His marriage to Nancy was sustaining through a lot," said Noftall.
"I like to think it was the acceptance in the community and the love that he found."
Have a listen to Michelle Noftall's conversation with Weekend AM host Heather Barrett.
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