If you haven’t seen the Academy Award winning documentary, Searching For Sugarman, you HAVE to! It is an incredible story of a super talented Detroit musician, who was all but ignored and forgotten in the U.S. Sixto Rodriguez didn’t see the success he deserved in his own country and thus, gave up on his music career in the early 70s. Rumored to be dead, his legacy faded … or so he thought.40 years later Rodriguez becomes an overnight success when it turns out that he has been more famous than Elvis Presley in South Africa, where his songs were a beloved source of inspiration during the anti-apartheid movement.
You’re probably asking yourself, “Why is she writing about this?”
Well, I will be opening for Rodriguez in March for 3 dates in the UK, playing at theaters I’ve dreamed of playing at, namely the Hammersmith Apollo in London where legends have played … like Ella Fitzgerald with Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Ben E. King, The Beatles, David Bowie, Queen, Elton John, Radiohead, Bjork, Cat Power, Kate Bush, Kings of Leon, and the list continues!!
In 2013, I told myself I wanted to play a theater like Massey Hall within a year (Canadians, you know what I’m talking about) – and now I am – but even BIGGER! I can’t quite believe it.
So, from now until early May, I will be playing like a crazy woman, singing my heart out and sharing the stage with some heavy hitters!
I urge you to check out the artists I will be supporting. Besides the amazing Rodriguez, you will find me opening all over the UK for Naturally 7, a remarkable acapella band that will blow your mind. I still can’t believe the sounds they make with their mouths. It actually sounds like a full band. Right now, they are touring the world in support of Michael Bublé.
Plus, Anna Calvi is right up my alley. She’s a strong woman who really rocks her own style playing. Together at Paradiso in Amsterdam (Adele, Rolling Stones, Janelle Monae, Amy Winehouse, Prince, Tracy Chapman), March 23rd, I think we will be a match made in heaven.
And playing some killer festivals:
Flaunting my femininity at the Women of the World Festival near Frankfurt alongside women I have tons of respect for such as Zaz, Sophie Hunger, Agnes Obel, Lisa Stansfield…
Rubbing shoulders with world class Jazzies, both classic and modern…Gregory Porter, Jamie Cullum, Jose James, Dave Holland’s Prism, Snarky Puppy at Love Supreme Festival in Sussex, UK
And finally, following this EU tour, I will be back in my hometown Toronto to record album number 2 atNumber 9 Audio Group. And, for the first time ever, I’ll be bringing my EU and CA bands together – so expect some magic!!
All I can say is, I’ve got a lot of supportive people on my side and, boy, am I ever grateful. Thank you to every one of you who has supported me recently. You know who you are!
Cause, at the end of the day, after all of the urgency, stress, lost passports, lost phones, forgotten guitars (Yes. That’s right. I forgot my guitar in Paris the day I was booked to play on camera on France Inter, a biggie, but of course it was all sorted in the nick of time. See here), cancelled shows, diminishing bank account and a few near heart attacks, there are a lot of great opportunities on the horizon and I can’t help but be happy.
I hope to see you somewhere soon!
P.S. Here is a video of us covering Wicked Games on France Inter in Paris.