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Michelle Willis

Prior to launching a solo career, British-born, Canadian-raised singer/songwriter Michelle Willis amassed an impressive résumé through a variety of collaborations and work as a session keyboardist and background singer. She graduated from Toronto's Humber College jazz program, and began performing weekly residencies at piano bars across the city. It wasn't long before she had expanded to become a hired gun for a variety of different acts like David Crosby, Becca Stevens, Laura Mvula, Snarky Puppy, Parachute Club and Zac Brown Band. She came from a family of "let's sing that James Taylor song again" kind of people at holidays

Album

Earth Voices

Label: Empress Music Group
Released: 2021
Track listing: 1. A Dream Within a Dream (feat. Emilie-Claire Barlow) 2. Sonnet 49 (feat. Robin Dann) 3. Here and Heaven (feat. Michelle Willis & Alex Samaras) 4. Birdwings (feat. Alex Samaras) 5. Oh, Life (feat. Laila Biali & Alex Samaras) 6. The Fiddle and the Drum (feat. Lydia Persaud) 7. To a Stranger (feat. Felicity Williams w/ strings) 8. Finis (feat. Emilie-Claire Barlow) Vocalists and composers listed above. Music arranged by Amanda Tosoff

Album

What to Wear in the Dark

Label: Resilience Music Alliance
Released: 2021
Track listing: Dancing In The Dark; Barrytown; Both Sides Now; God Moves on the City; 59th St Bridge Song (w/intro from Hal Galper's A Touring Musician); Desperado; Anthem; On The Road to Find Out; Here Comes The Sun; It Happens All The Time In Heaven.

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

New Releases by Alexis Cole, Nicole Henry, Carol Albert Plus A Birthday Celebration for Joni Mitchell

Read "New Releases by Alexis Cole, Nicole Henry, Carol Albert Plus A Birthday Celebration for Joni Mitchell" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast presents new releases from vocalists Alexis Cole, Nicole Henry, pianist Carol Albert, and a piano/organ collaboration of Jeremy Monteiro & Alberto Marsico, with birthday shoutouts to Joni Mitchell, Betty Bryant, Carmen Lundy, Kurt Elling, Anne Sajdera, Amanda Tosoff and more. Thanks for listening and please support the artists you hear by purchasing their music ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Celebrate Women's History Month With Birthday Celebrations for Flora Purim, Carol Sloane, Carole Bayer Sager And More

Read "Celebrate Women's History Month With Birthday Celebrations for Flora Purim, Carol Sloane, Carole Bayer Sager And More" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


March is Women's History Month and A Broad Spectrum begins another year on the air with the best of women-driven jazz music, past and present. This broadcast features new releases from vocalist Frances Coché, pianist Lara Downes and a single from trombonist Aubrey Logan plus birthday shoutouts to pianist Tomoko Ohno, vocalists Carol Sloane, Flora Purim, ...

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Label: Empress Music Group
Released: 2021
Duration: 05:52

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Article: Album Review

Amanda Tosoff: Earth Voices

Read "Earth Voices" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


Building off the lure of language planted in Amanda Tosoff's Juno-nominated Words (Empress Music Group, 2016), this sixth album from the Toronto-based composer and pianist waves poetic in wondrous fashion. Pairing different guest vocalists and collections of musicians with personalized takes on Parnassian beauty of varied sorts, Tosoff cements the bonds between earthly voices and heavenly ...

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Becca Stevens on releasing new music in a pandemic

Read "Becca Stevens on releasing new music in a pandemic" reviewed by Leo Sidran


Singer and songwriter Becca Stevens has the ability to make you feel like you know her even when you only know her work. Here she talks about “dancing with the critical voice," looking for silver linings, “the whole money thing" and a newly born pack of baby ducks out her window. Plus she discusses her new ...

Album

See Us Through

Label: GroundUP Music
Released: 2016
Track listing: Home; It'll Rain Today; Battlefield (A Letter To You); See Us Through; Persimmon; Trust Me; Waking Morning; Solitude,


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