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Jeffery Straker

 

Singer-songwriter-pianist Jeffery Straker performs over 100 shows per year across Canada. He has recorded for CBC radio’s Canada Live, had a music video chart in the top 10 on MuchMusic and has toured internationally as far as Peru, Chile and Mexico. His tour stops range from intimate house concerts to club and theatre shows and include recent sold-out concerts (capacity 2000) with symphony orchestras in Regina, Saskatoon, Sudbury and beyond. The review following his orchestral debut read: “Straker was simply spectacular...clearly one of the province’s best cultural exports”. Canadian Musician Magazine has said, “Very much an artist to watch” while the Chicago Free Press has written, “Rufus Wainwright, as well as k.d. lang are among the Canadians making essential and beautiful music. Add the name Jeffery Straker to that list”. A significant recent career boost came from winning the prestigious Vina del Mar (Chile) song competition in 2014 representing Canada. Performing live to a festival crowd of 20,000 people and to a TV audience of 100,000,000 viewers across the Spanish speaking world he gained a fan following in Latin America.

Straker launched his most recent collection of songs (March 2015) which quickly rose to #9 on the iTunes Canada singer-songwriter charts and drew comparisons to classic songwriter albums of the likes of Harry Chapin, Billy Joel, Harry Nilsson and a young Elton John. The 12-song album North Star Falling was produced by Dean Drouillard (Royal Wood, Justin Rutledge) and weaves a lush sound around Straker’s songwriter-piano-pop. The launch of the album (Acronym/Universal Canada) included two national tours.

 What Critics have been Saying:

“Straker’s brand-new CD North Star Falling has traces of some of the best piano-based singer-songwriters of the past 40 years, couched in his inimitable and effervescent style of folk-alt/pop influences”  - Calgary Herald

Straker launched his previous collection of songs, Vagabond, in 2012. Produced by Canadian multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter Danny Michel, the songs were recorded on Glenn Gould’s grand piano at the CBC in Toronto. The release met with critical acclaim with the Toronto Star giving it 4 (out of 4) stars calling it “one of the most faultlessly conceived and meticulously executed albums in any genre to come out of Canada in a long time”. Vagabond debuted in the top 20 on the iTunes charts.

Originally from small town Saskatchewan, the classically trained pianist was raised by a church organist mother and auctioneer father. He swears he was born under the piano on the family farm. All this might explain his incredible ability to share songs with audiences.
 Jeffery is a musical descendant of Beethoven through teacher-student lineage (see his website for the full story). He was a student of the Royal Conservatory of Music and received his licentiate diploma in piano performance from Trinity College, London when he was just 19.

Jeffery has been invited to showcase at major events including Canadian Music Week, NXNE, the Western Canadian Music Awards and JUNOFest as well as many folk festivals, jazz festivals and pride festivals. He’s recently licensed songs for TV, film and theatrical use and has appeared on television several times. Through 2016 Jeffery continues to tour across Canada while writing and recording his next studio album.

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