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Elizabeth Shepherd

Jazz singer-songwriter

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Elizabeth Shepherd is among Canada's most promising young talents and she has the widespread critical acclaim to prove it. The rave reviews for her first two studio albums as well as sold-out performances at prestigious venues like Tokyo’s Cotton Club, London's Jazz Café and the Hollywood Bowl have been extremely gratifying for Shepherd, but the Toronto-based singer/songwriter/pianist has never been content to rest on past achievements. Shepherd’s debut Start To Move (2006) and follow-up Parkdale (2008) were both nominated for Juno Awards, and described as “pushing the boundaries of jazz.” With the release of her third album Heavy Falls the Night, she pushes well past those boundaries to carve out her own niche of smart, sophisticated and adventurous music.

Heavy Falls the Night takes the listener on an unpredictable musical ride. Standout songs include the dancefloor-ready "Seven Bucks," co-produced by Japanese mixmaster DJ Mitsu The Beats (Dwele, Jose James), and inspired by an NFB documentary; "The Taking" – Shepherd’s powerful tribute to the women who came before her – knocked out in 11/8 time; and her supremely soulful reworking of Anne Murray's '70s soft-rock radio staple "Danny's Song," one of the few secular songs that made it past the gatekeepers in Shepherd's Salvation Army childhood home.

Shepherd's rhythmically intricate, groove-oriented tunes, sincere lyrics and distinct, soulful voice have earned her a worldwide following. Critics, hipsters and music aficionados from London to Tokyo have been spreading the word for a few years now, and will surely continue to embrace her music. With Heavy Falls the Night, Elizabeth Shepherd is destined to reach music lovers everywhere.

Performances/news this month
May 19 - Toronto, Yonge & Dundas Square
May 23 - Sault Ste. Marie, Loplops
May 24 - Thunder Bay, The Apollo
May 26 - Winnipeg, The Park Theatre
May 27 - Edmonton, Yardbird Suite
May 28 - Calgary, The Beatniq
May 29-30 - Bragg Creek, Bragg Creek Center
May 31 - Medicine Hat, The Ottoman Lounge
June 1 -Saskatoon, The Hayloft
June 12 - Cleveland, Nighttown
June 13 - Pittsburgh, Shadow Lounge


Heavy Falls the Night (2010)
Parkdale (2008)
Besides (Remixes and B-Sides) (2004)
Start to Move (2006)

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