Highly Recommended – Jane Lewis with Katherine Wheatley, Folk/Pop/Roots, Uncorked on Main, Thursday, May 21 at 7 pm

Canadian singer-songwriter Jane Lewis has a style of music that blends engaging melodies and well-crafted lyrics. Her new album, Stay With Me, was released in September 2014.

Lewis has often been compared to Carole King, playing piano-based music that draws on her strength as a lyricist and singer. Musically, she covers a wide ground, from singer-songwriter ballads to groove-based songs with 60s classic pop flavour.

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Her writing has been described as “intelligent, poetic, cinematic, and passionate.”

Lewis still claims “singing harmony” as one of her favourite things to do. When not at centre stage, she can be found leading vocal workshops (including “how to sing harmony”), singing backup vocals for other artists, leading community singalongs in her hometown of Guelph, Ontario, or running Women’s Music Weekend retreats.

A published author and editor, Jane shifted careers to pursue music full time in 2009. “My career evolution has been pretty organic,” she says, “but I’ve always been drawn to the creative side of things. It can make life unpredictable, but that’s just part of the adventure. I wouldn’t trade it for anything.”

Joining her will be outstanding singer songwriter Katherine Wheatley.

Katherine Wheatley

“She turns pebbles of everyday life into dreamy mountains of song”.
The Toronto Star

“I’m in love…with the music of Katherine Wheatley. A verse into her first song, I was hooked…I was totally unprepared for the absolute beauty of her voice and lyrics”. FOLKSPOKE, Barrie, ON

Arresting vocals, great guitar playing and vibrant lyrics mark her work. Every song evokes her uncanny depth of observation. With offhand wit and an infectious passion for performing, Katherine Wheatley has been captivating audiences everywhere she performs.

Katherine’s music has been used for television documentaries, series and films. She has been a featured vocalist on Stuart McLean’s Vinyl Cafe, as well as a musical guest on TVO’s Studio Two, CBC’s Vicki Gabareau Show and CTV’s Canada AM. In addition to touring across Canada, the U.S. and Europe as a singer/songwriter, Katherine is a member of the band “Betty and The Bobs” and plays guitar in Wendell Ferguson’s “Smoking Section”. She was one of 33 artists, including The Barenaked Ladies, Bruce Cockburn, and Sarah McLachlan, selected for FACTOR’S (Foundation to Assist Canadian Talent on Records) 20th Anniversary compilation CD. Her first CD, Straight Line, spent 17 weeks on Sam’s Top 10 Independent Chart with nine of those weeks at number 2. Her second CD, Habits and Heroes, featured a stellar cast of musicians (The Bands Richard Bell, Blue Rodeos Basil Donovan, Blackie and the Rodeo Kings Colin Linden) and received glowing accolades from critics and fans alike.

“As a listener, it’s hard not to sit back, close your eyes and watch the movie play. And man, can this serene red head ever play guitar”. SEE Magazine, Edmonton

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