Returning to the scene in 2010, singer and Quebec native Lynn Véronneau has been tearing through mid-Atlantic listening venues like a force of nature. She and her new band of world-wise musicians have shared their sparkling jazz-pop sound at club and festival dates in the Mid- Atlantic region and internationally.
Their 2011 debut CD, Joie de Vivre, climbed to #9 in the Jazzweek world music chart and went top 10 in many regional jazz charts. It's international success led to the band touring the UK and Canada in 2011 where they performed live on BBC radio and Radio Canada. This year the band won 6 Wammie nominations from the Washington Area Music Association.
A vocalist trained in the bel canto tradition, with influences ranging from Ella Fitzgerald to Eva Cassidy to Annie Lenox, Véronneau will soon be bringing her playful yet sophisticated sensibility and her smooth, powerful voice to audiences around the US, Canada, and UK, as the band tours in support of their debut recording, Joie de Vivre (Joy of Living) .
As a child in suburban Montreal (Sherbrooke), Véronneau was influenced early by the world of Francophone music from her parents’ generation, including crooners Joe Dassin and Serge Lama, chansonier Jacques Brel, and diva Dalida. She loved the Beatles, as well as the big band jazz beloved by her father, a lifelong employee of the O’Keefe brewing company, and her mother, a social worker. And the politically charged, musically accomplished work of proud Quebecois artists such as Les Séguin, Harmonium, and Beau Dommage left a strong artistic and intellectual impression on the young girl.
But the pop, disco, and progressive and punk rock of the day also filled her ears and soul. “The 70s gave me a sense that there were no musical boundaries,” she says. This wide- openness is still evident in her band’s approach today. The acoustic guitar accompaniment of both Ken Avis-- Véronneau’s husband--and David Rosenblatt, backed by the pulsing rhythms of percussionist Pete Walby, create a flexible energy able to support the versatile vocalist as she journeys from swinging American standards to French chanson to Brazilian bossa nova and gypsy swing.