"It is the ultimate task given to the musician, whether as singer or instrumentalist, to create a unique signature or fingerprint that is instantly recognisable as their own. What is surprising and delightful in Laila Biali is that both as vocalist and pianist she accomplishes this with equal aplomb. She is an exciting and unique talent, and I admire her greatly." - Sting.
Award-winning Canadian Jazz pianist, vocalist and songwriter Laila Biali has toured with Suzanne Vega, Chris Botti and Paula Cole and recorded with and supported Sting. She takes the best of pop, rock and soul, informs it with her knowledge of Jazz and weaves it into her musical arrangements. Laila's music has been presented at prestigious venues spanning four continents including the North Sea Jazz Festival, Tokyo's Cotton Club, Peru's El Festival Internacional de Lima, and Carnegie Hall in New York City. Her latest studio recording Tracing Light received a JUNO nomination for "2011 Best Vocal Jazz Album of the Year" and her most recent release Live in Concert, recorded live in February 2012 in front of a gracious audience at the Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto, Canada, captures the spirit of live performance so essential to Jazz. Live in Concert was in rotation at 73 radio stations in North America. Laila is also a member of the all female New York based neo-Classical crossover quartet Rose & the Nightingale whose members tour with Grammy award-winner Esperanza Spalding. Her accolades include "SOCAN Composer of the Year" and "Keyboardist of the Year" at Canada's National Jazz Awards. She currently splits her time between New York City and Toronto.
"Laila has the uncanny gift of making familiar songs sound brand new—and when we hear her new songs, it feels like we have known them for years. Laila invites us to a secret place that we never want to leave."
- Robert Sadin, multi-Grammy award winning producer (Sting, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter)
"Of the many 20- and 30-something Canadian vocalists bridging jazz and pop, there’s one that’s absolutely top of the heap, and that’s Vancouver-raised, Brooklyn-based Laila Biali. The singer-pianist brings the greatest exuberance, creativity, range of expression and charisma to her music. She’s firmly grounded in jazz, but her embrace of pop materials has the ring of truth too."
- Peter Hum (Ottawa Citizen)
"Biali has a voice that makes the listener shudder, it is so rounded and pure."
- Montreal Gazette
"A keyboard virtuoso with a distinctive sultry voice - intimate and emotional."
- Toronto Star
"For Biali, the jazz tradition is a step on the way to setting, and playing, her own standards."
- Toronto Life Magazine
"Full of bold musical ventures, youthful funkiness, ingenuity, verve and depth."
- Ottawa Citizen
"Her ability to meld traditional jazz with contemporary pop allows Biali to easily move between both worlds - so effortlessly that neither style seems out of place on the same record."
- Spinner Magazine
"Laila Biali is a sublime talent. With glittering keyboard work, a gift for complex arrangements and a soothing and sophisticated vocal style, she brings dimension to pop and a masters' subtlety to jazz. It doesn't hurt that she packs a heck of a lot of charisma on stage."
- John Moore, host of Moore in the Morning (CFRB 1010)
"Juno Nominee Laila Biali makes music that you can put on when you want the world out of your head. It's familiar like a friend. It's jazz... at ease. Buy her albums because you'll listen to them again and again."
- Tim Tamashiro, host of Tonic (CBC Radio 2)
"Laila Biali is a rare find. She is not just a great pianist filled with an ever shifting and seemingly endless lyricism; she has the voice of an angel, and seems incapable of singing one bad note or a phrase not tied to the emotional landscape of the lyric. Laila Biali is a musical treasure."
- Rob Mathes, producer, arranger & composer (Sting, Elton John, Bruce Springsteen, Yo Yo Ma)
"Laila Biali is one of the most naturally gifted musicians I've ever worked with."
- Paula Cole, Grammy winning recording artist
"Laila Biali is one of the most beautifully gifted people I've ever met. Her music is pure magic."
- Don Thompson, JUNO award winning multi-instrumentalist
"I have nothing but the absolute highest regard for Laila, whether as a pianist, singer, or writer. She has amazing musical instincts married to brilliant technical ability, and any time I hear her music I feel better about everything. She is a great artist, and deserves any and all the good things that may come her way."
- Phil Dwyer, JUNO award winning multi-instrumentalist