Bird of Beauty
March 3rd 2023
Bird of Beauty is the fourth single from Spark Bird - Emilie-Claire Barlow's first full album in over 5 years.
On Spark Bird, each song has its own signature bird - with a special connection to the music.
Illustrated by graphic designer Caroline Brown - Whitebear Design.
A hummingbird is a magical creature. Iridescent feathers, its ability to appear out of nowhere, hover in place amongst the bright, bold flower petals to receive their sweetness, and then disappear as quickly as they emerged. They can represent joy, healing and, good luck. So much energy packed into the tiniest little being.
In Bird of Beauty, Stevie Wonder speaks of finding joy and happiness in the natural world, a joy that can't be found"in red, white or yellow pills". Emilie-Claire's take honours Stevie Wonder's Brazilian "Carnaval" inspired groove, while adding new harmonic and rhythmic ear candy along with with co-arrangers Shelly Berger and Steve Webster. Guitarist Reg Schwager and flautist Bill McBirnie shine on this playful, upbeat track. A breezy, uplifting Brazilian romp.
What is a Spark Bird? It's the bird that changes everything. It's the bird that inspires an ongoing curiosity and passion for these magical creatures. And in Emilie-Claire's case, the birds that helped changed the course of her life, and also inspired her to make a new album after five years (and a pandemic). Singles will be released every two weeks until the full release on March 31st.
Rolling out over the first quarter of the year and supported by a tour throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and Japan. Emilie-Claire will also be adding US publicity firm DL Media Music to her team, which also includes Simon Fauteux at Six media marketing, new global booking representation with Vincent Beaulieu at Agence BAM, and worldwide digital distribution with Believe.
In her own words...
"Being musicians, it’s almost impossible for us not to hear rhythm and melody everywhere. Birds are nature’s musicians. We feel a kinship!
When that yellow winged cacique tapped on my window, I felt a spark. Not just a budding bird obsession, but the curiosity and desire to see what life would be like if I spent more time in this place that makes me feel so buoyant and full of wonder.
It’s been a while since I made a record...a few years since I felt the urge to pull a collection of songs together in this way. But the birds - a constant source of joy and inspiration - have reignited my spark. For that I’m full of gratefulness.” Emilie-Claire Barlow, on "Spark Bird"
Bird of Beauty - Credits
Composed by Stevie Wonder
Portuguese lyrics by Sergio Mendes
Produced by Steve Webster, Emilie-Claire Barlow
Arranged by Shelly Berger, Emilie-Claire Barlow, Steve Webster
Mixed & Mastered by Steve Webster
Guitar: Reg Schwager
Bass: Jon Maharaj
Piano: Chris Donnelly
Flute: Bill McBirnie
Drums: Ben Riley
Percussion: Celso Alberti, Steve Webster
Full Track List: Single Rollout Schedule:
Over the Rainbow
Fais comme l’oiseau
Where Will I Be?
Little Jazz Bird
Bird of Beauty
Pajaros de Barro
Emilie-Claire Barlow is an award winning and critically acclaimed Canadian jazz singer, arranger, record producer and voice actress. A two time Juno Award winner and 6 time nominee, she has released 12 self-produced albums on her own label, Empress Music Group.
Her performing career spans over 24 years in venues ranging from Toronto’s storied Montreal Bistro & Top of the Senator, to Tokyo’s Cotton Club and more recently concerts with symphony orchestras at Toronto’s Massey Hall and Montreal’s Maison Symphonique. She has performed at the Montreal Jazz Festival on seven occasions including a 2015 performance on the Main Stage with 50,000 people attending.
Ms. Barlow has lead bands featuring the finest musician’s in Canada. Her work as a band leader and producer has been recognized with a Juno Award nomination for “Producer of Year” for her recording “Clear Day” (2015) — notable for being only the 2nd Jazz recording nominated in this category. Ms. Barlow is also one of very few women to be honoured as “Producer of the Year”.
Ms. Barlow’s all French recording “Seule ce soir” won a Juno and Felix Award in 2013 representing a major achievement in Canadian bilingualism.
After releasing her second holiday album Lumières d'hiver in 2017, Emilie-Claire turned her attention to her duo project with Steve Webster, Bocana. Bocana has released 8 singles over the last couple of years in the electro-pop, lounge, world music genres, amassing a healthy following on streaming platforms. ECB has also released a collection of James Taylor covers as part of her JT Project.
Up next is her 13th full album "Spark Bird", due for release on March 31st, accompanied by a tour throughout 2023/24. The 2nd single, Fais comme l'oiseau, is now available on all platforms.
You can pre-order the physical CD here.
Key Points Spotify:
148M total streams on Spotify
24 songs with 1M plays +
73K Spotify followers
Target playlists : Women in Jazz, French Jazz Cafe, Easy Jazz, Sweet Jazz, Jazz Relax, Bossa Chill, Jazzy Romance, Summer Breeze, Jazz Pop, Vocal Jazz Standards, Vocal Jazz, Jazz With Strings (Skylark, O)
Key Points Pandora:
167M total streams
58K Artist Station Adds
Heavily weighted toward algorithmic programming (60-80%)
Dinner Jazz, Diana Krall, Melody Gardot, French Cooking Jazz, Standards Vocal Jazz, French Cafe, Pink Martini
Key Points Apple:
9.4M total streams on Apple Music and 39.8K song purchases on iTunes
Looking to grow editorial playlist placement
Looking to grow audience outside of US
Key Points Amazon:
4M total streams on Amazon Music with largest audience in US
Looking to grow editorial playlist placement - currently featured in Parisian Café, Queens of Jazz, Bubbles and Blue Notes, Romantic Jazz
> Steadily rising and currently at approximately 150K streams per day across major platforms plus 50K more on Pandora
> Largest audience is in US. See Top 10 below (last 28 days streams)