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



Happy New Year, everybody and hello from my basement where I'm cheering on the vaccination effort: @SuzeMorrison @BardishKW @MarciIen @JohnTory

It me!!! Thanks @CBCBigCity !!!
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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.

Dear friends, please tune into @CBCBigCity this evening at 5:05 pm ET with @ErrolNazareth to hear my brand new Christmas song, “The Greatest Gift”!! 99.1 FM y’!!!

Yes we have too many bananas. NEW BLOG ENTRY!

Yes I obsessively watch Christmas romcoms, but this year, my song is in one!! Can’t wait to seeeee! Thanks @CymbaMusic ❤️🥰
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Congratulations @beelica on the placement of your way-fab arrangement of "O Christmas Tree" in the holiday film "A Christmas Exchange" on @City_tv December 12th and one week later in the US on December 19th on @lifetimetv ! #WeAreCYMBA . Thx @BPS_Production !
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Tune into Big City Small World this evening with Errol Nazareth from 5 pm to 6 pm ET to hear all new Christmas music from some beautiful Canadian artists...including mine! This is so exciting, you don’t even know. Can’t wait!!! (CBC Radio One/99.1 FM). Also outside of the GTA on “In the Key of C”!
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Well Facebook friends, what say YOU? Shall we settle the age old question about rhyming a word with itself? Or did John Lennon, Steppenwolf, Drake, and Ed Sheeran already make a strong enough case? Warning: Some profanity.
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Barbra Lica
New blog entry!!! What better way to celebrate getting half way through the week than reading my diary? Hehe... check it out here: