Canadian native, and recording artist Avery Raquel, started in the entertainment industry when she was just 7 years old, having landed a role in the television pilot episode of “Falling Skies”, executive produced by Steven Spielberg. Since then Avery has appeared in commercials, radio ads, and even for a Disney animated television series, lending her voice to one of the lead characters. That experience led to a number of professional stage productions across Canada.
Her passion for singing quickly grew, and has led to an impressive list of career accomplishments on her musical resume. She has earned audience acclaim, critical kudos and peer respect as a vocalist of rare talent, and has entered into an exciting new chapter in her developing success story, as a songwriter.
In collaboration with Juno-winning, noted Canadian producer/songwriter/musician Greg Kavanagh, Avery has written accomplished new songs that appear on her second solo album, Without A Little Rain, released in Spring 2017.
Stylistically, the new record incorporates some fresh new elements, as Avery explains, “Being influenced by the greats such as Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, Chet Baker, and Carmen McRae, this album tries to highlight my jazz vocal style, while creating a contemporary Soul sound, reminiscent of artists such as Norah Jones, Corrine Bailey Rae and even Amy Winehouse. I think of it as a really nice blend of soul, jazz, and blues”.
The album and Avery’s songwriting have already received glowing reviews, airplay across Canada, including CBC Radio One and Two, and JazzFM, as well as stations in the United States including WNRM in Florida, among others. It’s also received charting positions, including debuting on the iTunes Top 200 Album Chart at #31.
Avery’s debut album, Life Lessons, released in early 2016, featured both jazz standards and fresh jazz infused interpretations of pop songs from the ‘60s, ‘70s, and ‘80s, and was even nominated for “Jazz Album of the Year” in Canada. Her debut album has also received critical acclaim and airplay on major stations across the country.
Avery Raquel has garnered numerous vocal awards over the years, and has excelled on the festival circuit too, delivering winning performances across North America, including with the Berklee Global Jazz Institute on the Newport Jazz Festival stage in Rhode Island USA, as well as at the Toronto Jazz Festival, Oakville Jazz Festival, Brantford International Jazz Festival, TD Niagara Jazz Festival, and South Coast Jazz Festival, as well as other prominent music festivals in Ontario including Riverfest Elora and Beatlesfest in London.
Avery has been fortunate to the share the stage and studio with the likes of David Clayton Thomas, Matt Dusk, Lou Pomanti, Holly Cole, June Garber, and other prominent Canadian artists. She’s taken masterclasses with legends like Marilyn Maye, and Danilo Pérez, and June Garber, as well as worked closely with Canadian jazz vocalists Sophia Perlman and Laila Biali.
Avery has also taken the stage at some famed New York City clubs including Birdland Jazz club, Metropolitan Room and Don’t Tell Mama Caberet, as well as top Canadian venues like Koerner Hall, Roy Thomson Hall, The St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts, The Jazz Bistro, Lula Lounge and Hugh’s Room, to name a few.
Avery has a very mature head upon her young shoulders, something confirmed by her compassionate outlook towards those less fortunate. She regularly performs at sports, government, and charity events, donating her talents. She’s even sung the anthem in front of 43,000 people at a Toronto Blue Jays Baseball game.
Performing while continuing to write exciting songs toward her 3rd album, Avery is poised to be the break-out artist she is destined to become.
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