Carol catches up with award winning Canadian artist Laila Biali about her getting her career aspirations as a concert pianist cut short by injury, finding new inspiration as a composer and singer and gaining confidence on the road with Chris Botti, Sting, Paula Cole and Suzanne Vega.

Carol catches up with award winning artist Laila Biali about her getting her career aspirations as a concert pianist cut short by injury, finding new inspiration as a composer and singer and gaining confidence on the road with Chris Botti, Sting, Paula Cole and Suzanne Vega.

Her studio recording, Tracing Light, received a JUNO nomination in 2011 for “Best Vocal Jazz Album of the Year”, and her follow-up album, Live in Concert, was given an enthusiastic four-star review and named one of the “Best Albums of 2013” by DownBeat Magazine.

In 2015, Laila released her first album of entirely original music, House of Many Rooms – an indie-pop project featuring Lisa Fischer (Rolling Stones, 20 Feet From Stardom), Jo Lawry (Sting, Paul Simon), Alan Hampton (Robert Glasper), and the Toronto Mass Choir.

Biali’s new self-titled album melds her jazz and pop inspirations along with highly skilled playing and wonderfully textured vocals on 12 original and cover songs.