Thursday, October 13, 2016

Music Minute: Bria

My husband and I love female vocalists, especially those that are multitalented. We enjoyed the chance to review Bria, a debut album from singer, songwriter, and trumpet player Bria Skonberg. This talented, self-described "small-town girl" has a lot of energy in her music.

The album has five original songs - always fun to listen to - as well as Bria's take on nine previously written songs. Some of them are more well-known than others, such as Que Sera Sera and Malaguena (which suits a trumpet quite well). Others were vaguely recognizable, but I still loved listening to, even if I didn't know them. She incorporates a variety of other talented artists to create an eclectic yet cohesive set of songs that are great for listening to after dinner.

Noted as a Millennial “Shaking Up the Jazz World,” according to Vanity Fair, Bria Skonberg is a self-described “small town girl” from Chilliwack, British Columbia, who hightailed it to Vancouver straight out of high school and earned a degree in Jazz Trumpet Performance. She developed her songwriting chops while working with TV/jingle producer Paul Airey, known for his work with the likes of Warner Bros. studios and the National Hockey League.
Skonberg is an established touring artist with numerous club and festival performances scheduled throughout 2016. In addition, in an upcoming issue of Down Beat magazine, she’s recognized as one of “25 for the Future.” All in all, it’s an impressive present and even more promising future for this welcome new voice.
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