Multi award-winning Canadian singer-songwriter, pianist and CBC Music national radio host Laila Biali has headlined festivals and venues spanning five continents from New York City’s Carnegie Hall to Beijing’s National Centre for the Performing Arts, and supported international icon Sting. In 2020, Laila was honoured by SOCAN Music with the Hagood Hardy Award for Excellence in Songwriting. In 2019, Laila’s eponymous release won her a JUNO (Canada’s GRAMMY) for “Vocal Jazz Album of the Year.” The year prior, she was awarded top prize at the Canadian Songwriting Competition in the Jazz category. Laila was also the youngest-ever double winner at Canada’s National Jazz Awards when she was named “SOCAN Composer of the Year” and “Keyboardist of the Year.” She received her first JUNO nomination for Tracing Light (2011), and a spot on DownBeat Magazine’s “Best Albums of the Year” for Live in Concert (2013) and Out of Dust (2020). In September of 2017, Laila was brought on as the host for CBC Music’s national radio show, Saturday Night Jazz, a weekly show broadcast to listeners across Canada. While Laila continues to earn high honours in the Jazz world, her signature sound transcends genre as she “masterfully mixes jazz and pop, bringing virtuosity and unpredictability to songs that are concise and catchy” (Washington Post). Laila’s highly anticipated album, Out of Dust, which features multiple GRAMMY nominees and winners including Lisa Fischer, Alan Ferber, John Ellis, and Larnell Lewis, released March 27, 2020 and was also nominated for a 2021 JUNO Award.
• 2018: won Canadian Songwriting Competition, Jazz category, for original song Satellite • 2016: nominated for the 2016 Premier’s Awards for Outstanding College Graduates • 2012: Nominated for BCTC Award - Touring Act of the Year • 2011: Nominated for a JUNO Award - Vocal Jazz Album of the Year • 2006: Selected by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation to represent Canada as pianist in international ensemble, Swinging Europe, under the direction of BBC Big Band composer and conductor, Barry Forgie • 2005: Youngest double winner at National Jazz Awards – SOCAN Composer of the Year and Keyboardist of the Year • 2004: Fraser McPherson Jazz Scholarship recipient (British Columbia) • 2003: Fish Middleton Jazz Scholarship recipient (North American wide competition) • 2003: Issued CBC-Galaxie Rising Star Award at National Jazz Awards (*award issued for original big band composition/arrangement, And Not a Dream) • 2001: Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) Scholarship
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"It is the ultimate task given to the musician, whether as singer or instrumentalist, to create a unique signature or fingerprint that is instantly recognisable as their own. What is surprising and delightful in Laila Biali is that both as vocalist and pianist she accomplishes this with equal aplomb. She is an exciting and unique talent, and I admire her greatly." —Sting “The album’s production is shimmering, the arrangements are lush and Biali’s voice – spanning registers – is pure and warm. She’s also fearless on piano and, above else, in her imagination