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Laila Biali discusses music and performing during the pandemic, with 89.9WUCF

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Interview with WUCF's Kayonnne Riley

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.

Biali's highly anticipated album, Out of Dust, which features multiple GRAMMY nominees and winners including Lisa Fisher, Alan Ferber, John Ellis, and Larnell Lewis, released in March 2020, and she ended out the year releasing 3 tracks; Anthem by Leonard Cohen, Joni Mitchell's beloved song, "Both Sides Now,' and for the holidays, a great gospel-infused arrangement of 'Silent Night.'

Biali spoke with 89.9WUCF - Orlando FL jazz host - Kayonne Riley. Listen to the attached conversation