JUNO-nominated artist Barbra Lica is fast-rising Canadian vocalist and songwriter with a unique approach to performing that stresses subtlety, good humour and storytelling. A seasoned act on the Canadian and American touring circuits, Barbra Lica has performed everywhere from New York City’s legendary Birdland to Toronto’s prestigious Koerner Hall, and opened for the likes of Christian McBride, Pat Metheny, Bob Dorough, and Terence Blanchard. She has been ranked as one of Canada’s Top 5 Jazz singers on the CBC, as well Top 5 up-and-coming Toronto jazz artists on blogTO.
With a long and colourful history in jazz music, Barbra’s newest repertoire is the result of much back-and-forth between Toronto and the great musical city of Nashville. It borrows from a multitude of genres including country, roots and folk music. On this special night, Barbra will be joined on stage by her full quintet as well as backing vocalist Felicity Williams (Bahamas, Bernice) and multi-instrumentalist Michael Eckert (Royal Wood, Megan Bonnell) on pedal steel guitar and dobro, as they weave between songs from all across Barbra’s original songbook and the jazz standards that have inspired her writing.
Barbra Lica – lead vocals
Joel Visentin – piano/accordion/backing vocals
Will Fisher - drums
Tom Fleming – guitar
Mark Godfrey – bass/backing vocals
Felicity Williams – backing vocals
Michael Eckert – pedal steel guitar/dobro/guitar
Marc was born in Brooklyn, NY, son of singer Charles Jordan, and grew up in Toronto, Canada. Jordan’s music career really took off in 1978 when he was signed to Warner Music in Los Angeles and began writing songs with some of the best in the business. In his forty plus year career he has been a solo artist, a sought-after songwriter, a group member as part of the quartet "Lunch at Allens," and in the last decade, he took up a paintbrush and became a visual artist.
Trends come and go, but for an artist of Marc’s breadth, marrying his talent with inspiration has never been an issue. But his latest album, Both Sides, is something different. It's a fulfillment of a long-held dream that has been waiting for the right moment to be realized. "I wanted to do an orchestral record. I wanted to sing some great songs I didn't write. There are some beautiful, beautiful songs out there, and I guess I'm at the right point in my life to do them." What's next? Marc Jordan and his wife Amy Sky will be spending more time in Nashville, TN, while they work on a new album for 2020.
Marc Jordan - lead vocals / guitar
Lou Pomanti - piano
Marc Rogers - bass
Kevan McKenzie - drums
William Sperandei - trumpet