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HELLO FROM MY BASEMENT – Available now!

JUNO-nominated artist Barbra Lica is a fast-rising Canadian singer-songwriter, arranger and producer. She has performed around the world, from NYC’s Birdland to Toronto’s Koerner Hall to headlining shows at festivals throughout North America, Europe and Japan. In addition to writing for herself, Barbra has written cuts for such artists as jazz crooner Matt Dusk (Entertainment One/Universal), rising J-Pop singer Harumi (Sony Music Japan), and Taiwanese pop recording artist, Morrison Ma (Universal Music Group/X Entertainment). As a recording artist, Barbra has been ranked one of Canada’s Top 5 Jazz singers on the CBC, and her 2017 album, “I’m Still Learning”, was nominated for a JUNO Award in the category of “Best Vocal Jazz Album”. Barbra’s most recent project, “You’re Fine” (Justin Time Records), established a brand new sound for Barbra, seamlessly blending jazz, country and folk influences. “You’re Fine” was recorded at Addiction Sound Studios in Nashville with award-winning Canadian engineer David Kalmusky (Journey) and Canadian producer/bassist Marc Rogers (The Philosopher Kings), and features Barbra’s touring band of musicians from across Canada playing alongside country music legends, Paul Franklin (Vince Gill) on pedal steel guitar and mutli-instrumentalist Wanda Vick Burchfield (Taylor Swift). Today, Barbra continues to develop her genre-bending style, writing and producing from quarantine including her brand new single, “Hello From My Basement”.

“It starts and ends with Lica’s voice. It’s a bright, vibrant contralto one minute, laconic and syrupy the next when she lets a phrase die on the vine and trail off”

– Frank De Blase, Journalist, City Newspaper

‘Hello From My Basement” is Barbra’s first-ever self-produced track. Written and recorded in quarantine, it’s the musical encapsulation of Barbra’s early pandemic experience and a reminder that we’re never as alone as we think we are. “Hello From My Basement” features Barbra’s understated piano-playing and bright vocals alongside a virtuosic band of homebound Canadian musicians and a series of fan-submitted voice messages from around the world. Like a musical game of cut-and-paste, each piece of this song was created in isolation and glued together after the fact at Barbra’s rather unsturdy desk. This song marks the first of many self-productions to come as we patiently wait for the return of live music, long hugs and more than just hello.

Drums: Curtis Graham Nowosad

Guitars: Thomas O’Reilly-Fleming

Bass: Ross MacIntyre

Piano and Vocals: Barbra Lica

Written and Produced by: Barbra Lica

Mixed by: Bobby Morales

Photography: Effie Edits Inc.

Graphics: Steven Preisman

Makeup: Sydney Desnoyers

Hair: Jamie Potts

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Officially out today and all bandcamp sales going to @DailyBreadTO !! https://t.co/Vqw1kMGoyS

New profile pic, new single. Sorta. I’m officially putting “Hello from my basement” up on all digital streaming platforms this Friday. Time to getcho pandemic party on. #NewProfilePic #newsong #oldsweater https://t.co/p6YgAYLlhw beelica photo

Mark it in your calendars, friends. A special duo show made up entirely of songs written with the great @jamesbryanuk . Check out the whole lineup too cause @kensingtonjazz has done a crazy cool thing this year. https://t.co/GkIOLN1GOY
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Our first artists for the 2020 Virtual Kensington Market Jazz Festival have been announceed! Read the full update here: https://t.co/7oCSl8EBfM. #KMJF2020 https://t.co/uCU4sq9BiR

Can’t sleep...just found out Romania selects their Eurovision contestants by internal council now. There goes my secret Eurovision dream!

Ahem ahem. New blog post. The bigger achievement right now is having something to blog about! https://t.co/HAyyRyvURV

It’s tonight!! Set your alarms! ❤️ https://t.co/78AqxBdk6B
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Let’s end the work week off on a musical note at the virtual pub! Order your food and drinks from @theimperialpub, and we’ll meet you at our Facebook page at 8pm to listen to the amazing performance of @BeeLica from their stage! #PlaytheParks #YongeLove https://t.co/BKUWRItKFY
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It’s today!!! And we’re officially out!! Thanks to JAZZ.FM91 for promo-ing this ditty and thanks to all of those who have already bought a copy. Let’s put some food in the bank!
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Barbra Lica
Folks, we're making it Spotify/Apple/Amazon official! This Friday September 25th, you can find "Hello From My Basement" on all your favourite streaming platforms, or if you'd like to buy a copy for keeps, you can visit my Bandcamp page here in 3 days: https://barbralicamusic.com/listen-shop/ I'll be donating all Bandcamp sales from this Friday's release day to Daily Bread Food Bank, so please consider making a purchase.

While we're here, big thanks to Bobby Morales for mixing, Curtis Nowosad for playing drums, Ross MacIntyre for slappin da bass, and Tom Fleming for all things guitar. This cover photo comes to you courtesy of Effie Edits Inc. with HMU by the lovely Sydney Desnoyers, cut and colour as always by the most talented Jamie Potts at Hair by David and Co, and graphics by monsieur Steven Preisman. Oh and if you sent me a recording from your pandemic digs, thank you thank you thank you! I included every single one that I received and they still make me cry a little when that bit comes on.