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Moods: Solo Female Artist Easy Listening: Adult contemporary Blues: Classic Female Blues Blues: Folk-Blues Blues: Blues Vocals

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Jane Lewis

Jane Lewis began her music career as a backup/harmony singer, and has now moved to centre stage with her solo album, Stay With Me. The new CD, a follow-up to her well received 4-song debut EP, is an eclectic folk/pop hybrid that features 10 original songs and 2 classic covers.

Lewis has often been compared to Carole King, playing piano-based music that draws on her strength as a lyricist and singer. Musically, she covers a wide ground, from singer-songwriter ballads to groove-based songs with 60s classic pop flavour. Her writing has been described as "intelligent, poetic, cinematic, and passionate." She also co-writes with her partner, Sam Turton, and credits him for bringing a greater variety of sound and style to her work. "Writing together means that we keep pushing each other to take every song to the next level. I think we end up with better songs than we would if we were working alone."

The pair often play as a duo, sharing the stage and presenting songs written by one or both of them. They also frequently perform with Toronto folk musician Eve Goldberg, in a trio called Gathering Sparks.

Lewis still claims "singing harmony" as one of her favourite things to do. When not at centre stage, she can be found leading vocal workshops (including "how to sing harmony"), singing backup vocals for other artists, leading community singalongs in her hometown of Guelph, Ontario, or running Women's Music Weekend retreats.

A published author and editor, Jane shifted careers to pursue music full time in 2009. "My career evolution has been pretty organic," she says, "but I've always been drawn to the creative side of things. It can make life unpredictable, but that's just part of the adventure. I wouldn't trade it for anything."

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