Award-winning Canadian jazz artist Laila Biali releases new self-titled 12-track album that features both original material and three covers including, Coldplay’s “Yellow”, Randy Newman’s “I Think It’s Going to Rain Today” and David Bowie’s “Let’s Dance.”
She eloquently fuses jazz, pop, classical music and soul — I am particularly drawn to the song “Refugee,” as everything from the melody to the lyrics is just so beautifully written. While her track “Wind” is actually a Rumi poem — what a creative way to bring poetry to life!
The singer-songwriter and pianist has worked with the likes of Chris Botti, Sting, Dave Brubeck, Phil Dwyer, Diana Krall, Paula Cole, and Suzanne Vega. She studied classical piano growing up and later developed a love for jazz. She moved from Vancouver to Toronto at 19 to pursue a professional music career. In 2005, she won the SOCAN Keyboardist of the Year and Composer of the Year award at the National Jazz Awards.
Laila has toured with Paula Cole, Chris Botti and Suzanne Vega and regularly sells out shows at the Glenn Gould Theatre in Toronto. In 2009, she performed live on NBC Today, The View, and David Letterman as a backup singer for Sting. She has also recorded the DVD for If On a Winter’s Night with Sting in Tuscany in August 2009.
We can’t wait to meet Laila next month as she pays us a visit at RX Music!