Hamilton native, 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 from that, 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 has recently entered into an exciting new chapter in her developing success story, as a songwriter. In collaboration with Juno-winning, noted Toronto producer/songwriter/musician Greg Kavanagh, Avery has written accomplished new songs that appear on her second solo album, Without A Little Rain, released in Spring 2017.
Stylistically, the new record incorporates some fresh new elements, as Avery explains, “I see this album more as having a contemporary Soul style, reminiscent of artists such as Norah Jones, Corrine Bailey Rae and even Amy Winehouse, opening doors to new audiences. I think of it as a really nice blend of different styles and genres.” Assisting in this evolution, performing on the album, is a group of A-list Toronto musicians, including bassist Ross McIntyre, pianist Adrean Farrugia, Guitarist Ben Lemma, and drummer Joel Haynes, among others. The album and Avery’s songwriting have already received glowing reviews, airplay across the country, including CBC Radio, and charting positions, including debuting on the iTunes RnB Top 200 Album Chart at #31, and reaching #7 on the Earshot! national Jazz chart.
Avery already had a strong working relationship with Joel Haynes, as he had coproduced her debut album, Life Lessons, released in early 2016. That record featured both standards and fresh interpretations of pop songs from the ‘60s, ‘70s, and ‘80s, and was even nominated at the 2016 Hamilton Music Awards. Her debut album has also received critical acclaim and airplay on major stations, and even charted on some college stations across the country.
Avery Raquel has also garnered numerous vocal awards over the years, and has excelled on the festival circuit too, delivering winning performances from Toronto to London, Niagara to Elora, and venues in between sharing the stage with the likes of Matt Dusk, Lou Pomanti, Holly Cole, and other prominent Canadian artists. She’s even performed with the Berklee Global Jazz Institute on the Newport Jazz Festival stage in Rhode Island, USA.
Avery has taken the stage at some famed New York City clubs including Birdland, as well as top Toronto venues like Koerner Hall, Roy Thomson Hall, Lula Lounge and Hugh’s Room, to name a few. Some of those performances have been as the featured vocalist with the Jazz.FM91 Youth Big Band.
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.
Performing while continuing to write exciting contemporary songs toward her 3rd album, Avery is poised to be the break-out artist she is destined to become.