My Funny Valentine
February 10th 2023
featuring Kurt Elling
JUNO Award winning vocalist/pianist Laila Biali and multi GRAMMY winner Kurt Elling offer a tender duet version of the jazz standard and love song, My Funny Valentine. Laila's arrangement gently moves away from quintessential recordings of the classic ballad with subtle reharmonizations, her breathy and intimate vocal delivery a lovely counterpoint to Kurt's playful, adventurous approach. Kelly Jefferson's performance on tenor only adds to the warmth of this heartfelt track, releasing just in time for Valentine's Day but perfect for romantic playlists year-round.
My Funny Valentine - Credits
Composed by Richard Rodgers & Lorenz Hart
Laila Biali – vocals, piano, arrangement
Kurt Elling – guest vocals
Kelly Jefferson – tenor sax
George Koller – bass
Larnell Lewis – drums
Short Bio & Sales Points
Multi-award winning singer-songwriter and pianist Laila Biali has performed on prestigious stages from New York City’s Carnegie Hall to Beijing’s National Centre for the Performing Arts. Known for her signature sound that “masterfully mixes jazz and pop” (Washington Post), Biali has received top honors including a 2020 SOCAN Music Songwriting Award plus the 2019 JUNO (Canada's GRAMMY) for Vocal Jazz Album. She has also toured with pop icon Sting, and hosts a national radio show on CBC Music.
Spotify Sales Point *
• 477k Spotify listeners since 2015
• Top performing track: "We Go Radio Edit" 462k streams.
• Songs added to several Spotify editorial playlists + 19.1k Spotify listener playlists.
• "Autumn Leaves" added to Vocal Jazz Standards playlist
• "We Go Radio Edit" added to Good Morning Jazz (#1 spot), Summer Jazz (#4 spot) & Boogie Nights (#1 spot)
• Holiday singles "A Child Is Born" + "River" (December 2019 single) added to State of Jazz
• 563k plays since 2015
• Music added to 21 editorial playlists by Apple Music, Apple Music Pop, Apple Music Jazz and Apple Music Singer–Songwriter
• "Both Sides Now" added to "New in Singer–Songwriter"
• "We Go (Radio Edit)" added to "Singer's Delight" + "Jazz It Up"
• "Heart of Gold" & "Wind" added to "Jazz Soul Café" + "Jazz Chill"
• "I Think It's Going to Rain Today" + "Yellow" added to Jazz Für Die Seele
• "Queen of Hearts" + "Got to Love" added to Ein Tag Am See: Grooviger Jazz
Other Streaming/Sales Information *
• 2020 Single, Silent Night, added to 4 editorial holiday playlists
• 2020 Single, Anthem, banner image + #1 position on Amazon Music editorial playlist Finely Tuned
• 2020 Single, Take Me To the Alley, banner image + spot on Amazon Music's editorial playlist Fresh Jazz
• 2019 single River featured on Amazon Music Canada's "top 50 new releases" playlist
• handpicked by Amazon Music Canada in summer 2019 to curate best-of-Jazz playlist for Canada Day alongside other Canadian luminaries creating genre-driven playlists including Alessia Cara.
Territory Specific Information *
Laila is with ACT Music in Europe (2nd largest jazz label in the market), who landed her a cover feature in a national Jazz magazine, plus two major national TV spots with millions of viewers. She is also with the Japanese label, CORE PORT Inc. and just joined streaming superstar Emilie-Claire Barlow's label Empress for all other territories (Canada, USA + Rest of World).