NEW SINGLE

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

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Here’s a #FBFriday to our Westben concert: Hello From My Basement https://t.co/y1TbnphLGd (catch the full concert on the Official YouTube channel for @WestbenCentre )

Announcing a new digital concert this Feb 13th at 8 pm!! https://t.co/uWzOZPi9GM

Yeah!! Thanks, man!! ❤️❤️❤️ Side note: clubhouse is way too addictive. https://t.co/WV7UQ9Nk1j

Happy New Year, everybody and hello from my basement where I'm cheering on the vaccination effort: https://t.co/WrZZKkRjpD @SuzeMorrison @BardishKW @MarciIen @JohnTory

It me!!! Thanks @CBCBigCity !!! https://t.co/Bw2sjOxu6V
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Barbra Lica ( @beelica) calls her Christmas single, The Greatest Gift, "a non-romantic family-oriented ditty."
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Closing today's show with The Chronicles of Mr. Fezziwig. Drummer Mark Kelso says it was inspired by the character from Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. https://t.co/iDAHPrvdfL
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A little song from last night #covidhairdontcare
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For those of you who missed the concert last month, here’s a little clip of us performing “Hello From my Basement” live from Westben. You can catch the whole show and other amazing concerts on their YouTube channel but this tune really stood out because it features so many of you who answered my call for voice clips. Also featuring 2021 JUNO nominee Sammy Jackson on vocals, Tom Fleming on guitar and Michael Eckert on pedal steel.
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What could be sunnier than a day on the Westben Meadow with Barbra Lica? Known from Japan to Manhattan, this internationally acclaimed Toronto-based singer-s...
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Hi Facebook friends,

I did a little video interview for Toronto Jazz Festival's "Stories from Home" series this week. Welcome to my cave of too many comic books and board games and I hope you enjoy 😀
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In a Stories From Home video entry, singer and songwriter Barbra Lica talks about the benefits of being surrounded by motivated and creative people, learning more about production, and truly discovering the role of a producer (and, in the process, more about herself).

Support Barbra by purchasing her music from Bandcamp: https://barbralica.bandcamp.com

Stories From Home is a weekly Toronto Downtown Jazz profile on local musicians and the work they've been doing during the pandemic.