TONIGHT at MANHATTANS – Jazz vocalist & songwriter Simone Morris, joined by one of Canada’s most distinctive voices on piano – award-winning Adrean Farrugia, weaving her original music amongst her stunning interpretations of jazz gems and popular classics.
After 10 years on the jazz circuit, vocalist Simone Morris opted to dig deeper into writing. Her all-original debut album “Settling Up” (featuring Adrean Farrugia on piano) was released November 2018, debuting at #1 on the iTunes Canada Jazz Chart. Since its release it has received extensive airplay, accolades, and in-depth interviews and reviews.
Simone’s innate musicality was evident at an early age beginning in classical piano at age 6. Realizing young that music was an outlet for expression of emotion, it became an integral part of who she was as a person. Mature interpretive and technical abilities caught the attention of her teachers and she was deemed an outstanding natural talent. With an array of performance and musical direction experience under her belt from youth, she went on to graduate with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Music from York University. At York, she discovered her voice as a member of and soloist in the University’s Jazz Choir “Wibijazz’n’”. For Simone, the sheer joy of singing was so profound that she re-focussed and began a lifelong path as a vocalist. A born communicator, she felt she had found the ideal form of musical expression for her.
Known for soulful takes on life and love, she draws on the early influence of Ray Charles, Etta James, Aretha Franklin & Joni Mitchell, alongside her favourite women in jazz – Billie Holliday, Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald and Nina Simone. Yet she has carved her own way on the jazz scene with a unique timbre, a natural sultry allure, and an honest raw connection to music evident in her every note. She treats her audience to a refreshingly ‘dig-deep’ kind of conversation, while serenading the room in her velvety sweet-vibes.
“…Simone Morris’ debut album Settling Up is an absolute treat to the listener, a pop of delicious and sultry goodness in an otherwise dull and dreary day…. with each piece offering a new stylistic experience that perfectly showcases her unique timbre and exceptionally varied musical background… With a very unique timbre, slightly Krall-esque but with an intriguing touch of spunk, she has succeeded in creating a captivating modern yet timeless quality within her music…. Settling Up will delight jazz aficionados and newcomers alike.”
~ Kati Killaspea, THE WHOLENOTE magazine
~ Errol Nazareth, host of CBC Radio’s BIG CITY, SMALL WORLD