“Dione reaches for an extra helping of soul and blues to her mix on “Born Free”, with stunning results”
~ Danny Marks, Host /Producer Bluz.FM on Jazz FM91.
“This new recording by Dione is earthy, soulful and the songs are great. A fine funky offering from one of my favourite singers.”
~ David Clayton-Thomas, Blood Sweat & Tears
Having first burst onto the music scene with her Juno nominated debut album “Open Your Eyes”, Taylor’s career trajectory has been truly remarkable. With performances at festivals and concert theatres across the United States, Canada and Asia for audiences that have included the President of the United States and the Queen Elizabeth II, Taylor has made a worthy name for herself as one of this country’s most talented musicians and songstresses. Taylor was nominated for a Gemini Award for her rendition of Oscar Peterson’s “Hymn to Freedom,” which she performed alongside Oliver Jones at the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame Gala. Taylor is also the recipient of the Governor General’s Performing Arts Award Mentorship Program.
Coming full circle, Taylor finds herself reconnecting with her childhood. A pastor’s daughter from Regina, Saskatchewan, she was born and raised in a family she describes as “really connected to the gift of song. My whole family sings and plays instruments in church. The sounds and music of my youth are all present on Born Free”, her recently released CD “From the gospel music and blues at church to even the southern country gospel at home on the record player. It’s all in there!”
(Spoiler alert - Dione Taylor will also make a special guest appearance with our Saturday Night Mystery Headliner)
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