Origin: Toronto, Ontario
EMILIE-CLAIRE BARLOW (vocalist) was born June 6, 1976 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada to parents who are, themselves, respected jazz artists. Her mother is vocalist/composer/arranger Judy Tate and her father is celebrated jazz percussionist Brian Barlow. When the energetic, witty, and exceedingly talented jazz vocalist entertained a capacity crowd at Toronto’s Living Arts Centre on February 17, 2004, she became one of the youngest artists to ever headline a “Sound of Toronto Jazz” Concert, although already a veteran contributor to the city’s vibrant music scene.
A few years ago, CBC (Canada Now) called her “the next best thing in jazz”, but Emilie-Claire Barlow is hardly a newcomer to the music scene. She started her career as a singer and voice actor at the age of seven, lending her voice to various television and radio jingles and voice-overs, an aspect of voice work that still plays a major role in her busy performing life. For five years, she attended the Etobicoke School of the Arts studying musical theatre and dance, later focusing her studies on music theory and arranging at Toronto’s Humber College. It was during that time that she put her first jazz quartet together and quickly established a key place for herself on the Toronto jazz landscape.
The self-managed Barlow has been called a “truly independent artist”, exercising creative control in all aspects of her endeavors – arranging, producing, even conducting as necessary, and releasing her recordings on her own label, Empress Music Group.
In the fall of 1998, she released her first CD, Emilie-Claire Barlow - SINGS. Over the next five years, in between recording the critically-lauded TRIBUTE and happy feet, she played consistently to sold out shows at top jazz clubs and festivals everywhere. 2005’s Like a Lover, and her successful 2006 holiday CD Winter Wonderland both achieved award nominations, rave reviews, and top 10 spots on important international charts which would move her already-flourishing career to new heights. Her most recent album, The Very Thought of You, has remained on top 10 charts consistently since it was launched in June 2007. Her 2009 release “Haven’t We Met” follow suit as a number one bestselling jazz album . A December 2007 tour to Japan saw Barlow and her band playing for ten sold-out concerts, and ever-increasing show bookings ever since their return.
Emilie-Claire Barlow’s performances have been featured in movies including A Touch of Pink, and television series Lifetime in this country and State of Mind in the U.S. As a busy studio singer and voice actor, she has been heard on numerous commercials (e.g. Sun Life Financial, Tim Horton’s, The Bay). Her voice is also featured on several animated television series including Rescue Heroes, Bakugan Battle Brawlers, Martin Mystery, 6Teen, Spider Riders, and Total Drama Island.
2001 - Juno Award Nominee for Vocal Jazz Album of the Year (for Tribute)
2008 – Juno Award Nominee for Vocal Jazz Album of the Year (for The Very Thought of You)
2008 – Named National Jazz Awards’ ‘Female Vocalist of the Year’