Bird of Beauty
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
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.
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