BIOGRAPHY

Juno-nominated artist Barbra Lica is a Canadian singer and songwriter that 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

VIDEOS

IN THE NEWS

Going Guilford: 5 things to do this weekend – Feb 14, 2020, Greensboro.com
https://www.greensboro.com/entertainment/going-guilford-things-to-do-this-weekend

Celebrate this Valentine’s Day with top Canadian jazz vocalist – Feb 9, 2020, CarolinaCoastOnline
http://www.carolinacoastonline.com/entertainment/music

Barbra Lica Quintet to play at High Point Theatre – Feb 6 2020, Greensboro.com
https://www.greensboro.com/entertainment/barbra-lica-quintet-to-play-at-high-point-theatre

Critiques CD de Noël – Dec 13, 2019, journalmetro.com
https://journalmetro.com/culture

“You Are My Sunshine” and Its Magic in Music Therapy – Oct 22, 2019, Countrythangdaily.com
https://www.countrythangdaily.com/you-are-my-sunshine-magic-music-therapy

RE-UPLOAD FROM 2014: The Concert Series Ep04 – Barbra Lica – Aug 15, 2019, VisionTV
https://www.visiontv.ca/videos/concert-series-ep04-barbra-lica

High Point Theatre Announces 2019-2020 “Passport to Entertainment” Lineup – Aug 13, 2019, Yes! Weekly
https://yesweekly.com/high-point-theatre-announces-2019-2020-passport-to-entertainment-lineup

Barbra Lica | Before I Do: Exclusive Video Premiere – May 27, 2019, Tinnitist
https://tinnitist.com/2019/05/27/barbra-lica-before-i-do-exclusive-video-premiere

Barbra Lica returns for a special Live to Air concert– May 4, 2019, Jazz.fm
https://jazz.fm/barbra-lica-returns-for-a-very-special-live-to-air-concert

Jaymz Bee’s Caravan of Music Boosts Unison – Mar 29, 2019, FYI Music News
https://www.fyimusicnews.ca/articles

Barbra Lica releases fifth studio album ‘You’re Fine’ – Feb 4, 2019, Global News
https://globalnews.ca/video/4922178/barbra-lica-releases-fifth-studio-album-youre-fine

Youre Fine – Barbra Lica – Jan 29, 2019, theWholeNote
https://www.thewholenote.com/you-re-fine-barbra-lica

Wie Nahrung die Psyche beeinflusst – Jan 28, 2019, deutschelandfunkkultur.de
https://www.deutschlandfunkkultur.de/essen-als-trost-wie-nahrung-die-psyche-beeinflusst

PapJazz 2019: la bonne ambiance toujours au rendez-vous sur la scène Barbanocurt – Jan 23, 2019, Le Nouvelliste
https://lenouvelliste.com/article/197384/papjazz-2019-la-bonne-ambiance-toujours-au-rendez-vous-sur-la-scene-barbancourt

Deuxième Soirée du Papjazz: un moment d’apothéose – Jan 21 2019, Le Nouvelliste
https://lenouvelliste.com/article/197275/deuxieme-soiree-du-papjazz-un-moment-dapotheose

Barbra Lica: Yardbird Suite Edmonton, Nov 10, 2018, Live Music Magazine
http://www.livemusicmagazine.ca/BarbraLica.html   (ARCHIVED)

Music Notes: How do you pronounce Korpiklaani – Nov 7, 2018, thestarphoenix.com
https://thestarphoenix.com/entertainment/music/music-notes-how-do-you-pronounce-korpiklaani

Five to see: Canadian Jazz Festival – Nov 6, 2018, Calgary Herald
https://calgaryherald.com/entertainment/music/five-to-see-canadian-jazz-festival

IN PHOTOS – Barbra Lica in Toronto, ON – Nov 6, 2018, Canadian Beats
https://canadianbeats.ca/2018/11/06/in-photos-barbra-lica-record-release-at-hughs-room-live

Clinton Square chillaxes with Northeast Jazz & Wine Fest – Jul 25, 2018, Syracuse New Times
https://www.syracusenewtimes.com/northeast-jazz-wine-2018

Lakefield Jazz Festival returns with another season of summer music – Jun 13, 2018, The Peterborough Examiner
https://www.thepeterboroughexaminer.com/lakefield-jazz-festival-returns-with-another-season-of-summer-music

Songs of the City brings together musicians with people who have stories of recovery – May 30, 2018, The Standard
https://www.stcatharinesstandard.ca/whatson-story/8640809-lives-celebrated-in-words-and-song

Saving the best for last: Barbra Lica and band put on the show of the series – Apr 18, 2018, The Dryden Observer
https://thedrydenobserver.ca/2018/04/18/saving-the-best-for-last-barbra-lica-and-band-put-on-the-show-of-the-series/  (ARCHIVED)

Hottest tickets in Canada: Five Things to do across the country – Jan 30, 2018, Globe and Mail
https://www.theglobeandmail.com/arts/hottest-tickets-in-canada-five-things-to-do-across-the-country

Barbra Lica shows Burlington I’m Still Learning Oct. 14 – Aug 25, 2017, Burlington Post
https://www.insidehalton.com/barbra-lica-shows-burlington-i-m-still-learning-oct-14

Barbra Lica’s Bubbly Take on Life – July 12, 2017, thegatewayonline.ca
https://thegatewayonline.ca/2017/07/barbra-licas-bubbly-take-on-life

Singer Barbra Lica on performing at the Jazz Festival – Jul 5, 2017, Global Morning News Montreal
https://globalnews.ca/video/3576068/singer-barbra-lica-on-performing-at-the-jazz-festival

Trois clubs de jazz, trois programmations – Jun 28, 2017, lapresse.ca
https://www.lapresse.ca/arts/festivals/festival-de-jazz

JazzFest 2017, Day 1: Frank reviews Barbra Lica, Joss Stone, and St. Paul and the Broken Bones – Jun 24, 2017, City Newspaper
https://www.rochestercitynewspaper.com/MusicBlog

35 best Canadian jazz artists under 35 – June 22, 2017, CBC Music
https://www.cbc.ca/music/read/35-best-canadian-jazz-artists-under-35

5 must-see acts at Victoria Jazz Fest – Jun 22, 2017, martlet.ca
https://www.martlet.ca/5-must-see-acts-at-victoria-jazz-fest

Featured Artist: Barbra Lica – Jun 14, 2017, City Newspaper
https://www.rochestercitynewspaper.com/rochester/featured-artist-barbra-lica

At JUNOFest Friday, Toronto jazz groups fill Live on Elgin with entrancing sounds – April 1, 2017, Ottawa Citizen
https://ottawacitizen.com/entertainment/jazzblog/at-junofest-friday-toronto-jazz-groups-fill-live-on-elgin-with-entrancing-sounds

Jazz Artists Barbra Lica Talks About Her New Pop Mash-Up, 2017 JUNO Nomination, Hamilton’s Loyalty, and MORE! – Mar 29, 2017, Greater Hamilton Musician
https://hamiltonmusician.com/jazz-artist-barbra-lica

Listen to this year’s Juno jazz nominees mash up Drake, The Weeknd, Alessia Cara and Shwn Mendes – Mar 22, 2017, Toronto Life
https://torontolife.com/culture/music

Juno Awards Nominees Hold Court – Feb 8, 2017, FYI Music News
https://www.fyimusicnews.ca/articles/2017/02/08/juno-awards-nominees-hold-court

Here are the 2017 Juno Nominees – Feb 7, 2017, exclaim.ca
https://exclaim.ca/music/article/here_are_the_2017_juno_nominees

Drake, Weeknd, Shawn Mendes get five Juno nominations each – Feb 7, 2017, Toronto Star
https://www.thestar.com/entertainment/music

Barbra Lica, jazz music’s Little Miss Sunshine – Dec 8, 2016, TheRecord.com
https://www.therecord.com/barbra-lica-jazz-music-s-little-miss-sunshine

Jazz singer Barbra Lica performs Friday as part of Ontario Contact in Peterborough – Nov 3, 2016, The Peterborough Examiner
https://www.thepeterboroughexaminer.com/whatson-story/8167159-jazz-singer-barbra-lica-performs

Five Questions with Barbra Lica – Oct 25, 2016, Canadian Beats
https://canadianbeats.ca/2016/10/25/five-questions-with-barbra-lica

Toronto jazz singer Barbra Lica offers smiles and sympathy – not blues – Sep 29, 2016, The Globe and Mail
https://www.theglobeandmail.com/arts/music/toronto-jazz-singer-barbra-lica-offers-smiles-and-sympathy-not-blues

Review: Barbra Lica – Feb 8, 2016, brantfordjazzfestival.com
https://brantfordjazzfestival.com/review-barbra-lica-feb-8-2016

Barbra Lica, young Canadian jazz diva talks about “Love Songs” album – Oct 2015, Mikiki/Intoxicate
https://mikiki.tokyo.jp/articles

What’s your favorite music, manga, and cake that cheers , a Canadian Diva who first appears in “Tokyo Jazz”? – Sep 3, 2015, VOGUE JAPAN
https://www.vogue.co.jp/celebrity/risingstar

Jazz pioneer Bob James’ Japan-inspired concerto to premiere at the Tokyo Jazz Festival – Sep 3, 2015, Japan Times
https://www.japantimes.co.jp/culture/2015/09/03/music

Christian McBride Big Band/Barbra Lica – Jun 24, 2015, Exclaim.ca
http://exclaim.ca/music/article/christian_mcbride_big_band_barbra_lica

‘A good start’: Canadian jazz singer Barbra Lica headlines CNY Jazz Central cabaret finale – May 5, 2015, auburbpub.com
https://auburnpub.com/a-good-start-canadian-jazz-singer-barbra-lica

Kissing You – Barbra Lica – Feb 2, 2015, theWholeNote
https://www.thewholenote.com/kissing-you-barbra-lica

5 up and coming jazz artists in Toronto – Aug 21, 2014, blogTO
https://www.blogto.com/music/up_and_coming_jazz_artists_in_toronto

Barbra Lica sings heart out on new jazz record – Jan 16, 2013, thestar.com
https://www.thestar.com/entertainment/music/barbra_lica_sings_heart_out_on_new_jazz_record

That’s What I Do – Barbra Lica – Sep 28, 2012, theWholeNote
https://www.thewholenote.com/thats-what-i-do-barbra-lica

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