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Laila Biali: Bio

Multi award-winning Canadian singer-songwriter, pianist and CBC Music national radio host Laila Biali has headlined festivals and venues spanning five continents from New York City's Carnegie Hall to Beijing's National Centre for the Performing Arts, and supported international icon Sting. In 2019, Laila's eponymous release won her a JUNO (Canada's GRAMMY) for "Vocal Jazz Album of the Year." The year before that, she was awarded top prize at the Canadian Songwriting Competition in the Jazz category. Laila was also the youngest-ever double winner at Canada's National Jazz Awards when she was named "SOCAN Composer of the Year" and "Keyboardist of the Year." She received her first JUNO nomination for Tracing Light (2011), and a spot on DownBeat Magazine's "Best Albums of the Year" for Live in Concert (2013). In September of 2017, Laila was brought on as the host for CBC Music's national radio show, Saturday Night Jazz, a weekly show broadcast to listeners across Canada. While Laila continues to earn high honours in the Jazz world, her signature sound transcends genre as she "masterfully mixes jazz and pop, bringing virtuosity and unpredictability to songs that are concise and catchy" (Washington Post). Laila's highly anticipated album, Out of Dust, which features multiple GRAMMY nominees and winners including Lisa Fisher, Alan Ferber, John Ellis, and Larnell Lewis, will release March 27, 2020.

Radio Activity *

• frequent spins on CBC Music & CBC Radio 1 (Canada)

• frequent spins on JazzFM.91 (Toronto based; internationally syndicated)

• played on Jazz After Hours/PRX/PRI: Host Jeff Hanley, Nationally Syndicated (USA)

• played on Jazz America/Voice of America: Host Russ Davis, Internationally Syndicated

• NPR Affiliates WUCF & JPR: interview features + airplay

• MDR Kultur Public Radio (Germany)

• Jazz FM feature + airplay (UK)

Press/Online *

• Washington Post rave review picked up by Associated Press

• Parade Magazine music video premiere for single, Revival

• Jazziz video premiere for single, Take Me To The Alley

• All About Jazz 4.5 star review of 2020 album, Out of Dust

• DownBeat Magazine 4-star review of Out of Dust

• Jazz FM video premiere for The Monolith (UK)

• Vancouver Sun album feature picked up by Postmedia network (Canada)

• CBC Radio "q" premiere for single, Anthem + video premiere online (Canada, syndicated in US)


Spotify Sales Point *

• Laila has had 418.4k Spotify listeners since she joined in 2015. Top performing track is "We Go Radio Edit" at 435.2k streams. 

• Songs added to several Spotify editorial playlists + 12k Spotify listener playlists.


• "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 

Apple Music

• 361.7k plays since 2015

• Music added to 9 editorial playlists: 4 Apple Music + 5 Apple Music Jazz including –

1) "We Go (Radio Edit)" added to "Singer's Delight" + "Jazz It Up"

2) "Heart of Gold" & "Wind" added to "Jazz Soul Café" + "Jazz Chill"

3) "I Think It's Going to Rain Today" + "Yellow" added to Jazz Für Die Seele

4) "Queen of Hearts" + "Got to Love" added to Ein Tag Am See: Grooviger Jazz

• 2018 release, LAILA BIALI, debuted at #1 on iTunes Canada Jazz + #7 on US Jazz chart

Other Streaming/Sales Information *

• 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

• single River (December 2019) featured on Amazon Music Canada's "top 50 new releases" playlist

• Laila 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.

YouTube subscribers: 2.1k

Spotify followers: 3.3k

Spotify monthly listeners: 4,030

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A Case of You - Live off the Floor

Today, JUNO Award-winning artist, Laila Biali, graces us with her stunning Joni Michell cover of the classic love song, A Case Of You, just in time for Valentine's Day! Accompanying the track is a captivating video of the live performance captured live off the floor at Revolution Recording Studios – inviting any listener into the moment with Biali. Watch the full video here.

Arranged by Biali, and her husband, Ben Wittman, on djembe, alongside George Koller on upright bass, this heartfelt interpretation was created with Valentine's Day in mind. A Case Of You was featured earlier this week on CBC Metro Morning, giving listeners an exclusive first preview of the track ahead of its release today.

"My first experience hearing Joni Mitchell's music was when I was still a music student at Humber College," shares Biali. "Hejira and Mingus were the obvious starting point for a Jazz novice as equally interested in the musicians accompanying Joni as in Joni herself. But then along came Blue. That was the one, the album that triggered a lifelong fascination with Joni and her songwriting. She made my heart ache with every feeling, love and loss in the same breath. No song captures that more for me than A Case of You. I think it's the ultimate Valentine's song because it can reach you no matter where you're at – whether you're in love, longing for it, or mourning it."