THE GREATEST GIFT – Available now!

JUNO-nominated artist Barbra Lica is a Toronto-based singer-songwriter, arranger and producer. She has performed around the world, from NYC’s Birdland to Toronto’s Koerner Hall to headlining 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 Christmas single, “The Greatest Gift”.

“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

JUNO-nominated Toronto singer-songwriter Barbra Lica is celebrating the successful launch of her first ever self-produced track, Hello from My Basement, with yet another basement production. Written in a Zoom session with Alberta’s Danielle Knibbe, and recorded across five far apart home-studios, The Greatest Gift is a reminder of what we all want most this holiday season: to be close to the ones we love. Consider this song an anthem for Christmas revellers in COVID bubbles everywhere.

Music and Lyrics by Barbra Lica & Danielle Knibbe

Produced and Arranged by Barbra Lica

Edited and Mixed by Marc Rogers

Mastered by Reuben Ghose at Mojito Mojito Mastering

Published by CYMBA Music Publishing

Distributed by DistroKid

Vocals: Barbra Lica

Piano and Synth Programming: Joel Visentin

Guitars and Banjo: Thomas O’Reilly-Fleming

Bass and Synth Programming: Marc Rogers

Drums: Will Fisher

Graphics: Steven Preisman



Check out this concert I sang a few tunes on (streaming now until Nov 22nd): The Empire Theatre - Jazz Masters – Tribute to Cannonball Adderley:

😂 How did I never make this joke?

"The Greatest Gift" is officially out today! Yes, I'm one of those terrible people already listening to Christmas music but you gotta start building your playlist early:

I have a new Christmas song coming out TOMORROW. Check out my home-made teaser: via @YouTube

I had a really fun interview with Valentino the other night and it’s airing tomorrow on @CIUT895FM . Get the full story behind “Hello From My Basement”:
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TOMORROW NIGHT ! @CIUT895FM 10pm - 11pm host @ValAssenza features an interview wi/ singer/songwriter Barbra Lica @beelica talking about her hit song “Hello From My Basement” & her other upcoming projects. A recording from a 1996 live poetry reading from the late RM Vaughan

YouTube watch party tonight at 10 PM ET. Join me for the premiere of my 2020 Virtual Kensington Market Jazz Festival performance with James Bryan: via @YouTube
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Earlier this month I contributed my best Nancy Wilson to this concert in Belleville at the beautiful Empire Theatre. If you're in the mood for some serious swing, check it out between now and November 22nd. After that it disappears!!!

Drums/Bandleader: Brian Barlow
Bass: Scott Alexander
Saxophone: Colleen Allen
Piano: Tom Szczesniak
Trumpet: Alexander Brown

Sponsored by Prince Edward County Jazz Festival
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Jazzmasters - "Tribute to Cannonball Adderley
"Jazzmasters" - Presented By The Prince Edward County Jazz Festival - performs a "Tribute to Cannonball Adderley" This is the third show of…
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It's officially out!! Purchase/stream "The Greatest Gift" at all (or almost all) your favourite digital streaming platforms starting today. Here's a nifty link to make it easier:
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The countdown is on!! “The Greatest Gift” is coming to all your favourite digital streaming platforms at midnight. I really hope you enjoy it. I also hope my family doesn’t kill me for this little video collage I didn’t get their approval for 😬(if it comes down, you’ll know why). Special thanks to one of my favourite singer-songwriters on the planet, Danielle Knibbe for writing this with me and to my friend and mentor Marc Rogers for editing, mixing, synth-ing and playing bass, all while encouraging me to produce music from my little falling apart desk...Ha! Also the hugest of thanks to Will Fisher - Musician for his 🥁, Tom Fleming for 🎸 and banjo, Joel Visentin for 🎹and more synths, Reuben Ghose of Mojito Mastering for mastering, Steven Preisman for graphics and CYMBA Music Publishing for their constant support. What does anybody do without Vince Degiorgio? Here’s to being safe this holiday season and to all being together again soon.
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