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Friday, March 18, 2011

Emilie-Claire Barlow

Emilie-Claire Barlow performed at the Capitol Theatre in Moncton last night.  It was more than wonderful!

A Canadian jazz songstress with a powerful voice, she gave a warmly rewarding and energetically inviting performance.  Emilie-Claire's innovative arrangements of familiar music pieces enticed the listeners to experience them in a fresh way.  You can learn more about her and see her website here.

Emilie-Claire shared that she had family members spread out in the theatre.  Her husband Daniel’s family had attended en masse to hear and support her.  We were fortunate to sit close enough to her father-in-law, Gerry to hear his comments.  During the intermission, his conversations with his seatmates glowed with the obvious love and pride he has for Emile-Claire. 

Emile-Claire was excited to share that just prior to this show, she had received an email from Neil Sedaka.  She brought her I-phone to the show and read to us the message that he had sent, telling her: “You are very good!  You have a fresh jazz voice.”  She exclaimed that his words gave her goosebumps.  His message went on to say that he was extraordinarily pleased with her cover of his hit, Breaking up is Hard to Do, which she then sang to the enthusiastic delight of the audience.

After song offerings from the American-songbook, slinky, sexy ballads and rhythmic variations of favourites from the 60's, Emilie-Claire ended the evening with Bye Bye Blackbird, one of Gerry's favourites.

It was an amazing enchanted evening at the Capitol Theatre and we can concur… Emile-Claire Barlow is indeed “very good!”

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