Hamilton native, and recording artist Avery Raquel, started in the entertainment industry when she was just 7 years old, having landed a role in the television pilot episode of “Falling Skies”, executive produced by Steven Spielberg. Since then Avery has appeared in commercials, radio ads, and even for a Disney animated television series, lending her voice to one of the lead characters. That experience led to a number of professional stage productions across Canada.
Her passion for singing quickly grew, and has led to an impressive list of career accomplishments on her musical resume. She has earned audience acclaim, critical kudos and peer respect as a vocalist of rare talent, and recently entered into an exciting new chapter in her developing success story, as a songwriter.
In collaboration with Juno-winning, noted Canadian producer/songwriter/musician Greg Kavanagh, Avery started writing new songs that appeared on her second solo album, Without A Little Rain, released in April 2017.
Stylistically, that album incorporated some fresh new elements, as Avery explains, “Being influenced by such Jazz greats as Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, Chet Baker, and Carmen McRae, my second CD tried to highlight my jazz vocal style, while creating a contemporary Soul sound, reminiscent of artists such as Norah Jones, Corrine Bailey Rae and even Amy Winehouse. I think of it as a really nice blend of soul, jazz, and blues”
Now, one year later, Avery is putting finishing touches on her 3rd solo project, “My Heart Away”. Comprised of all original music, one can discern that Avery has matured into a strong songwriter, with catchy melodies, strong lyrics and a real sense of musicality, not often seen from someone so young.
This 3rd album further moves Avery from her Jazz roots into more mainstream Soul/RnB, which is exactly where she wants to be. Calling her sound contemporary soul, Avery hopes the music and words resonate with a wider demographic, as she shares her experience of love, loss, and happiness.
Avery’s songwriting has already received glowing reviews, airplay across Canada, including CBC Radio One and Two, and JazzFM, as well as stations in the United States including WNRM in Florida, among others. It’s also received charting positions, including her 2nd CD debuting on the iTunes Top 200 RnB Album Chart at #31.
Avery’s debut album, Life Lessons, released in early 2016, featured both jazz standards and fresh jazz infused interpretations of pop songs from the ‘60s, ‘70s, and ‘80s, and was even nominated for “Jazz Album of the Year” in Canada. Her debut album has also received critical acclaim and airplay on major stations across the country.
Avery has taken the stage across North America, including at some famed New York City clubs like Birdland Jazz club, Metropolitan Room and Don’t Tell Mama Cabaret, as well as top Canadian venues like Koerner Hall, Roy Thomson Hall, The St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts, The Jazz Bistro, Lula Lounge and Hugh’s Room, to name a few.
Avery Raquel has garnered numerous vocal awards over the years, and has excelled on the festival circuit too, delivering winning performances across North America, including with the Berklee Global Jazz Institute on the Newport Jazz Festival stage in Rhode Island USA, as well as at the Toronto Jazz Festival, Oakville Jazz Festival, Brantford International Jazz Festival, TD Niagara Jazz Festival, and South Coast Jazz Festival, as well as other prominent music festivals in Ontario including Riverfest Elora and Beatlesfest in London.
She has also been fortunate to the share the stage and studio with the likes of Juno and Grammy winning artist David Clayton Thomas (Blood, Sweat & Tears), Matt Dusk, Lou Pomanti, Holly Cole, June Garber, and other prominent International artists. She’s taken masterclasses with legends like Marilyn Maye, Danilo Pérez, and June Garber, as well as having worked closely with Canadian jazz vocalists like Sophia Perlman.
Avery has a very mature head upon her young shoulders, something confirmed by her compassionate outlook towards those less fortunate. She regularly performs at sports, government, and charity events, donating her talents. She’s even sung the anthem in front of 43,000 people at a Toronto Blue Jays Baseball game.
Performing while continuing to write exciting songs, Avery is poised to be the break-out artist she is destined to become.