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BIOGRAPHY

Juno-nominated artist Barbra Lica is fast rising Canadian vocalist and songwriter and has been receiving accolades for a unique approach that stresses subtlety, grace and storytelling. Based in Toronto, Barbra’s live show captivates audiences all over North America with her genuine warmth and confident stage presence. A seasoned act on the Canadian and American club and festival circuits, Barbra Lica has performed everywhere from New York City’s legendary Birdland to Toronto’s prestigious Koerner Hall. She has also headlined at festivals across the continent including Festival International de Jazz de MontréalVancouver International Jazz Festival and Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival, and opened for the likes of Christian McBridePat MethenyBob Dorough, and Terence Blanchard.

Barbra’s debut album That’s What I Do (Triplet / Universal Jazz Japan) was released to widespread acclaim in 2012, ranking her in Canada’s Top 5 Jazz singers on the CBC, as well Top 5 up-and-coming Toronto jazz artists on blogTO. Her band made their Japanese debut live at the Tokyo International Jazz Festival in 2015 for over 1000 audience members. Her first album with Justin Time RecordsI’m Still Learning, was released September 2016 and subsequently nominated for a 2017 Juno Award in the category of “Best Vocal Jazz Album”. Barbra is currently promoting her newest project entitled, You’re Fine (Justin Time Records, November 2018). This album is a collaborative effort between Toronto and Nashville-based musicians, seamlessly blending jazz, country and folk influences. It includes Barbra’s touring band of up-and-coming musicians from across Canada with special guests and country music legends, Paul Franklin (Vince Gill, Shania Twain, Toby Keith) on pedal steel guitar and mutli-instrumentalist Wanda Vick Burchfield (Taylor Swift, Trisha Yearwood, Jason Aldean). “You’re Fine” was recorded at Addiction Sound Studios in the heart of Nashville with award-winning Canadian engineer David Kalmusky (John Oates, Journey) and highly-respected Canadian producer/bassist Marc Rogers (The Philosopher Kings, Nikki Yanofsky). This is Barbra’s most ambitious and personal offering to date – it promises to break all the rules while searching for commonalities between musical genres, human experiences and two sides of one border.

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PHOTOS

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“Lica smiles when she sings. You can hear it. When you see her in concert, you’ll see it too. In a word, refreshing”

– Tim Tamashiro, Host, CBC Radio.

“Ella a tout pour réussir.”

– François Lemay, ICI Musique

“Barbra Lica’s voice is infectious.”

– Greg Wells, Music Producer

“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

“With her upbeat lilt and vocal cuteness on covers and originals, Lica offers smiles and sympathy, not blues”

– Brad Wheeler, Journalist, The Globe and Mail

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