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



New blog entry! I know you’ve waited sleepless nights. The wait is over:

James and I played a bunch of our co-writes for @kensingtonjazz and you can find out how it went on November 7th. Save the date! #kmjf2020 @jamesbryanuk #beforeido #coffeeshop #christmasonthebeach #singersongwriter #Socan
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KMJF @kensingtonjazz
These two make a great duo! Performing compositions they've written together, its @beelica + @jamesbryanuk! Tune in on November 7th at 10pm via RSVP:

Today’s the day!! Officially showcasing for @ArtsMidwest and @westarts with my talented group of guys. Toronto represent!!! #amwwaa2020 #socan #tma #cfm beelica photo

Thank you for this beautiful cover!! What a great surprise to wake up to!!

Officially out today and all bandcamp sales going to @DailyBreadTO !!

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 beelica photo
Barbra Lica
Barbra Lica
New blog entry today!! Check it out for the latest and greatest from Lica land:
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Barbra Lica
Thanks to Kerry Doole for the sweet mention in FYI Music News! If anyone’s wondering, I’ve raised just over $500 to date for Daily Bread Food Bank. My sincerest gratitude to everyone who’s picked up their copy of “Hello From My Basement” off Bandcamp, and to anyone who’s still planning to do just that.
Barbra Lica
Barbra Lica
For those of you thinking about working on your songwriting craft, I’m teaching at this really great weekend intensive next month. Apparently people enjoyed working with me in the summer so chances are you’ll be happy you joined us! Haha.. this is how I advertise myself, guys. Most Eastern European pitch ever. I could only make it better with, “my instruction promises to be better than mediocre”. Okay jokes aside though, Blair Packham and Allister Bradley do an exemplary job organizing and teaching at these events and I love love love every session. Please consider joining us for a weekend!