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  "SETTLING UP will delight jazz aficionados and newcomers alike."  

~ Kati Killaspea, THE WHOLENOTE 



 Soulful, sultry, with a touch of spunk, Toronto jazz singer Simone Morris officially launched her long-awaited, all-original album "Settling Up" in November 2018. The debut CD has been widely acclaimed, hitting #1 on the iTunes Jazz Chart in it's first week, and recently, #4 on Earshot National Jazz Chart.

Joined by Mike Freedman (guitar, co-writer), Adrean Farrugia (piano), William Sperandei (trumpet), Bill McBirnie (flute), Chris Adriaanse (bass) and Max Senitt (drums), audiences are invited to share in an intimate musical journey through Simone's charming, graceful and soulful musical world.  "Settling Up" is available wherever music is downloaded or streamed.

Simone exudes a rare blend of soulfulness and subtlety.  She's a natural storyteller who captures the essence of jazz classics, while artfully luring audiences into her craftily-spun musical stories.

Her partnership with long-time guitarist/co-writer Mike Freedman led to "Settling Up".  Rooted in jazz, the album weaves a musical path that conveys Morris' diverse musical experience and background. Using her own life experiences to connect with audiences in a personal way, she engages in an intimate conversation that reveals her take on life and love. 

Although many songs on "Settling Up" are more on the mellow side, like “What A Life,” – led by some tasty electric guitar licks and electric piano, and looks at the sense of defeat that’s underlying someone’s alcoholic behavior –  the album opens with "Baby This Works," a sassy swing number about a spunky woman in love, who sees only what she wants to see. The propulsive standup bass, skillful muted trumpet, and slyly insinuated vocal technique combine to create an entirely captivating whole, as charming and forthright as the attitude of the woman it describes. "Don't Come Crying To Me" is a soft, gentle bossa nova – with a lovely nylon-string acoustic guitar solo – that contrasts with its hard, unflinching lyric, one that documents the very difficult end of a love affair. "Will To Fight" is a sweet, reassuring, surprisingly pop-ish song about overcoming the trauma of the past to find forgiveness and the ability to move forward. The piano and electric guitar solo are as yearning and vulnerable as the protagonist in the song. The final track "Take Us Home" was written after Morris and her daughter were in a car accident at the end of 2016, which prompted the creation of this album. Going even deeper than "Will to Fight," the languid but emotionally resonant, Gospel-tinged song invites us to send our troubles floating down the river, so it can "take us home" to where we belong.

Simone is performing across the GTA as a duo, trio, and full band, while starting plans for her next project!

Notable Club & Festival Stages: The Jazz Bistro, 120 Diner, Manhattans (Guelph), Harlem, Chalkers, Gate 403, Toronto & Oakville Jazz Festivals, Winterfolk Blues & Roots Festival.


  

For bookings & enquiries please send a note to info@simonemorris.ca, or use the handy CONTACT form!

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