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Layla Zoe — Breaking Free (Feb 26, 2016)

Layla Zoe — Breaking Free (Feb 26, 2016)

              Layla Zoe — Breaking Free (Feb 26, 2016)
♣   “She has created probably the biggest buzz vocally of any singer I’ve heard about in years in Toronto. All of the comments, compliments and credos going around the city about her are not unfounded. She is wonderful.” — Jeff Healey
♣   “Don’t doubt this contemporary blues Amazon for a minute. Zoe’s album gets to places others can’t reach.
♣   She sings with earnest elegance and evinces total emotional involvement with the lyric.” — Frank John Hadley (Downbeat magazine/USA)
♣   “Layla is possessed with one of those fantastic Maggie Bell, Janis Joplin or Kitto voices that reach down into your soul and is able to rip your heart out.” — Graeme Scott, (Blues Matters Magazine /UK)
Location: Montreal, QC, CANADA
Genre: Blues, Blues Rock
Album release: Feb 26, 2016
Record Label: Ruf Records
Duration:     69:56
Tracks:
01. Backstage Queen      6:12
02. Why Do We Hurt The Ones We Love      5:21
03. Wild One      5:01
04. Highway Of Tears      11:08
05. Breaking Free      6:23
06. Working Horse      4:50
07. Sweet Angel      8:02
08. Run Away      6:08
09. Wild Horses      5:52
10. A Good Man      5:30
11. He Loves Me      5:31
℗ 2016 Ruf Records GmbH
♣   Modern life moves fast. It’s easy to stumble through your days, suppress your desires, swallow down your dreams. To hear Layla Zoe sing is to experience an emotional awakening. “I want people to get in touch with the feelings they bury deep inside their hearts,” explains the Canadian singer–songwriter. “I rip people’s hearts out, then put them back in…” After nine acclaimed albums and too many tear–it–up live shows to count, Breaking Free is the release that confirms Layla’s status as the pack–leader and standout voicebox of Canadian blues. More than that, this tenth album is set to skyrocket her upward trajectory on the international scene, and build on the momentum of 2013’s The Lily (dubbed “thrilling” by The Blues and crowned amongst Downbeat’s Best Albums Of The Year). Ever since she fell for the blues via her father’s record collection — then fronted his band aged just fourteen — it was clear that Layla had a voice in a million. Those astonishing lungs have led her from early cover bands in British Columbia to her debut solo album in 2005, through sessions with Henrik Freischlader and hook–ups with Sonny Landreth, and onto world–renowned stages from Montreal Jazz Festival to Rockpalast. No wonder that her much–missed friend and occasional collaborator Jeff Healey was once moved to comment: “She’s created probably the biggest buzz vocally of any singer I’ve heard about in years in Toronto. She is wonderful…” Long–time fans will be itching to hear Layla’s voice on Breaking Free, but for this evolving artist, it’s all about the songs. Recorded at Megaphon Tonstudio in Germany, Breaking Free unveils ten originals — plus a stellar cover of the Rolling Stones’ Wild Horses — that underline the writing chemistry between Layla and guitarist Jan Laacks. “I’m very proud of this album,” says Layla. “The songs get stuck in your head, which is usually the sign of a good one. Jan is so talented and really knows me after the last three years on tour.” By turns, Breaking Free is tough and tender, wild and wistful, slipping between the poignant, Hendrix–tinged balladry of Sweet Angel, the chiming shimmer of A Good Man and the title track’s slinking rock ‘n’ roll groove.
♣   “I’m a music lover of many different genres,” explains Layla, “so this album, like all my albums, reflects that. Jan produced and wrote all the music, and he gave me a great selection of demos to choose from. There’s everything from blues ballads, to blues–rock, to psychedelic rock.” With recording engineer Martin Meinschäfer on hand to bottle the magic, the studio band was completed by Gregor Sonnenberg (bass/keys) and Hardy Fischötter (drums/percussion), while the touch of slide–guitar maestro Sonny Landreth on Wild One is unmistakable. “Sonny is a good friend of mine and I was so happy to have him as a guest,” recalls Layla. “Also, I think the song suits his style perfectly.” As the pen behind Breaking Free, meanwhile, Layla reveals herself as a fearless and heartfelt lyricist. “Because of where I am in my life right now,” she says, “several of the songs are about love. But there are also songs about the music business, and a song for my best friend Marsha, who died of a brain aneurysm in 2010. There’s a political song, too, as I always like to have at least one track on each album that talks about current events in the world.” Layla and her band have already debuted a fistful of the Breaking Free songs on tour in late 2015, with the feverish response helping to cement the tracklisting. “It was really special to see how the fans reacted and how much positive feedback we got,” she says. “Being on the road can be a curse and a blessing, but anytime I get tired, I’m always revived the moment I step onstage and connect with the audience. The music and the fans give me everything I need to carry on.” Now, as she unveils that roof–raising material in its studio form, the buzz on the international blues scene is deafening. Breaking Free and breaking through, in 2016, Layla Zoe comes armed with the album that delivers on her skyscraping potential. Hang on to your hearts.…
*   Compo 10 Blues Songwriting Competition WINNER — FINLAND (2006)
*   Vancouver Island Music Awards WINNER for Female Vocalist of the Year — CANADA (2007)
*   International Songwriting Competition Semi–Finalist — NASHVILLE (2013/2014/2015)
*   Blues Top WINNER “Discovery of the Year” — POLAND (2013)
*   Maple Blues Awards Nominee for Female Vocalist of the Year — CANADA (2014)
*   “The Lily” makes BEST ALBUMS of 2014 in Downbeat Magazine (2014)
♦   Layla Zoe Layla Zoe has been called “the Reincarnate of Janis Joplin” and deemed Canada’s “Darling of the blues.” She is a young powerful vocalist who was born in British Columbia, Canada but now calls Toronto her home after a recent move. Layla Zoe has been singing since the tender age of four years old, including performances with her father’s band at the age of fourteen. She has performed all over the world and has been reviewed as one of the best female blues singers of her kind from Finland to Chicago, Vancouver Island to Toronto and even New York city. Layla has worked to release an album every year, and has five independent releases to date: You Will, Shades of Blue, Hoochie Coochie Woman, and Live at Errington Hall and The Firegirl. Her albums can be heard on radio all over the world and showcase many of Layla’s original songs as well as classic cover tunes. Her albums, as well as her ability to stun crowds with her power and talent, has been critically acclaimed by the media and reviewed and showcased in publications such as: Canadian Musician Magazine, the Globe and Mail (Toronto), Toronto Blues Society monthly edition, DOWNBEAT magazine (Illinois, USA), Blues Matters (UK), Crossroads (France) and many more. ♦   Layla Zoe took home the “Female Vocalist of the Year” award at the Vancouver Island Music Awards in 2006 and won the Compo 10 International blues songwriting competition in Jaarvenpaa, Finland in 2006. She was the only woman and the only Canadian to make it to the finals of the Compo 10 contest in Finland and she humbly took home the prize. Layla Zoe has performed with the late great Jeff Healey, the Downchild Blues Band, and countless others, who have sung high praises of Layla’s ability to channel her strong emotions into her performances. She has also been recognized for her songwriting and professionalism. Layla Zoe is being considered for a hollywood production of the Life of Janis Joplin. Layla Zoe is a force to be reckoned with, and is changing the face of the blues and roots music scene.
Reverbnation: https://www.reverbnation.com/laylazoe
Fanpage: http://www.layla.ca/
CD Baby: http://www.cdbaby.com/artist/laylazoe
Tumblr: https://www.tumblr.com/search/Layla%20Zoe
Discography:
•  2006 Shades of Blue
•  2009 The Firegirl
•  xxxx        The Lily
•  xxxx        Sleep Little Girl
•  2016        Breaking Free
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Layla Zoe — Breaking Free (Feb 26, 2016)

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