Juno-nominated artist Barbra Lica is fast rising Canadian vocalist and songwriter and has been receiving accolades for a unique approach that stresses subtlety, grace and storytelling. Based in Toronto, Barbra’s live show captivates audiences all over North America with her genuine warmth and confident stage presence.
A deep passion for the music of classic vocalists like Doris Day and Ella Fitzgerald led Barbra to pursue a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Performance at the University of Toronto. Shortly after graduating, Barbra was runner-up in the 2013 Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition with judges Al Jarreau and Gretchen Parlato. Now a seasoned live act on the Canadian and American club and festival circuits, Barbra consistently performs in intimate spaces and prestigious theatres, such as New York City’s legendary Birdland Jazz Club and Toronto’s Koerner Hall. She has also headlined at festivals across the continent including Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, Vancouver International Jazz Festival and Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival. She has recently been billed as an opening act for the likes of Christian McBride, Pat Metheny, and Terence Blanchard.
Barbra’s debut album That’s What I Do (Triplet / Universal Jazz Japan) was released to widespread acclaim in 2012, ranking her in Canada’s Top 5 Jazz singers on the CBC, as well Top 5 up-and-coming Toronto jazz artists on blogTO. Her band made their Japanese debut live at the Tokyo International Jazz Festival in 2015 for over 1000 audience members. She is now promoting her latest project, I’m Still Learning, which was released September 2016 by Justin Time Records. It introduces all new original music from Barbra and was nominated for a 2017 Juno Award in the category of “Best Vocal Jazz Album”. It features a stellar band including Larnell Lewis on drums (Snarky Puppy, Laila Biali), Marc Rogers on bass (The Philosopher Kings, Nikki Yanofsky), Lou Pomanti on piano (Michael Bublé, Gordon Lightfoot) and acclaimed pop songwriter-guitarist James Bryan on guitar (Nelly Furtado, Olly Murs). It also presents Barbra’s touring band of up-and-coming jazz musicians from across Canada. Barbra’s versatility as a performer continues to grow along with her fan base.
“Barbra Lica is a dazzling performer who has talent to burn and vocals that will knock you over.”
– Ross Porter (CEO & President, JAZZ.FM91)
“Lica smiles when she sings. You can heart it. When you see her in concert, you’ll see it too. In a word, refreshing”
– Tim Tamashiro, Host, CBC Radio
“Ella a tout pour réussir.”
– François Lemay, ICI Musique
“Barbra Lica’s voice is infectious.”
– Greg Wells, Music Producer
“It starts and ends with Lica’s voice. It’s a bright, vibrant contralto one minute, laconic and syrupy the next when she lets a phrase die on the vine and trail off”
– Frank De Blase, Journalist, City Newspaper
“With her upbeat lilt and vocal cuteness on covers and originals, Lica offers smiles and sympathy, not blues”
– Brad Wheeler, Journalist, The Globe and Mail