Layah Jane | Patience

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by Layah Jane

"Funky-Jazz-Reggae conscious Folk-Pop that enters your ear like cotton candy melts on your tongue." ~ Northeast In Tune Magazine
Genre: Folk: Urban Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Sagegrass
4:50 album only
2. Patience
4:17 album only
3. Put Your Foot Down
3:23 album only
4. Just One
4:38 album only
5. When It Heals
6:01 album only
6. Reverence and Ridicule
5:07 album only
7. Hostage
5:07 album only
8. Firefly
4:32 album only


Album Notes
Singer-songwriter Layah Jane is a hearty young musician with a mission. With soulful vocals and a poetic, articulate tongue, Layah’s sound recalls Joni Mitchell, Rickie Lee Jones and Ani Difranco, with a resonance all her own.

Both piano and guitar became tools for writing and accompaniment as Layah began to create and perform original material at the age of thirteen. Since the completion of her first demo in 2000, Layah has been invited to play countless shows and festival showcases including the Rochester International Jazz Festival, Winterfolk Festival, North by Northeast Music Festival, Toronto Indie Music Week, Toronto City Roots Festival, the Ottawa Folk Festival, and New Music West.

Following the release of her debut album Grievance and Gratitude (Grace Note Records, 2005), Layah won a CBC Galaxie Rising Star Award, a Toronto Independent Music Award for “Best Jazz” and nomination for “Best Live Acoustic Act”, and a nomination for an American Independent Music Award in the “Folk/Singer-Songwriter” category. Her song "Reverence and Ridicule" won the political category in the Ontario Council of Folk Festival's 2005 songwriting competition. Layah also received a 2007 Ontario Independent Music Award (Best Folk), and two nominations for 2007 Toronto Independent Music Awards (Best Folk and Best Female Fronted Band).

Patience EP was produced by Oliver Johnson (Esthero, Ivana Santilli), and is sonically blessed by drummers Davide Direnzo (Holly Cole, Jacksoul), Ben Riley (Bruce Cockburn) and Lyle Molzan (Jann Arden), bassist Marc Rogers (Norah Jones, K’naan), and percussionist Dave Gouveia (Amanda Marshall, Ivana Santilli). With new tunes that are as organically rich and lyrically intimate as ever, Patience EP is a sneak peak of Layah Jane's highly anticipated sophomore full-length recording "Brightness & Bravery" that is set to drop Spring 2008.

In the realm of television and radio, Layah’s songs have been licensed for Global TV’s “Blue Murder”, and ESPN’s primetime drama “Tilt”. Layah appeared on Toronto 1’s late night entertainment TV show, “The Toronto Show” in 2003, and on Calgary A Channel’s “Wired” in 2005. Through regular college and CBC radio play, as well as a fortunate invitation to be the voice of the Dove Real Beauty/Self Esteem Fund’s 2006 “True Colors” TV Campaign, listeners all over the world are being introduced to Layah Jane through the airwaves.

Morphing from singer-songwriter to DJ, Layah co-founded the Move Collective, a Toronto dance jam that spread west to Calgary and east to Halifax. Voted Best Non-smoking Dance Event in Toronto by Now Magazine in 2003, rotating DJs pack dance floors each week.

Layah Jane is a spirited and natural performer who receives enthusiastic support wherever she plays. When she takes the stage we are transported to a place where emotion is raw, reflection is deep, and revolution is not only possible, but necessary.



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