Avery Raquel Learning Life Lessons


Submitted by Don Graham

One of the hardest things for young people these days is trying to figure out what they want to do with their lives. There are so many options and it’s hard to make up your mind at a young age to decide what you would like to spend your life doing. But that’s not a dilemma for young Avery Raquel. At 14 years old, Avery is focused and primed for a career in music. When asked about her favourite musical memory Avery says, “I remember my parents taking me to see  Annie when I was about 4, and I came home and learned all the songs.”

From the age of 4, she began traveling from her home in Hamilton, Ontario, across the country to perform and quickly became proficient in singing, dancing and acting. But of the three, although Avery has worked in film with television productions for Disney and Dreamworks, music is the source of her passion. “I remember my Dad playing Ray Charles’ version of ‘Over The Rainbow’ and calling me down to listen and sing along. I loved singing those great songs.”

And that is one of the things that will set Avery apart from the herd, her choice of material and genre. Jazz and standard songs are in her wheelhouse and not many 14 year olds can say that in their press kits and fewer still can pull it off. She has already been the recipient of awards in her jazz career including the 2014 Rise2Fame Youth Talent Search. She is a confident live performer inspired by the likes of Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday and more current artists like Diana Krall and Nikki Yanofsky, Avery has been fortunate enough to have performed at numerous festivals like the Oakville Jazz Festival, the Brantford Jazz Festival and the South Coast Jazz Festival sharing the stage with the likes of June Garber, Rob Reed, Lou Pomanti and the Dave Restivo Trio. She’s also sung in New York City’s famous Metropolitan Room and the iconic Birdland Jazz Club, where she played to enthusiastic audiences, Avery Raquel has a new album that was released on January 22 with the official CD release on February 23, 2016 (see below for details) Avery is exciting to put it out there and let the public see what she’s capable of. “I recorded this album with some of the best musicians around, players  like Joel Haynes, Mike Pelletier, Rob Fekete, and Sophia Perlman to name a few.”

“ Life Lessons” is a cool  blend of jazz styles and songs from the past,  the album includes traditional songs arranged in a modern  style and each one gives Avery a chance to show her skills. Songs like: ‘Fragile’ by Sting, ‘Reach Out and Touch Someone’ by Diana Ross,‘Que Sera Sera’ by Sly and the Family Stone, ‘Don’t You Worry ‘Bout A Thing’ by Stevie Wonder, “Beautiful” by Carole King, “Blackbird” by The Beatles, and even the classic “Over the Rainbow”, which harkens back to a 7 year old girl listening to her Dad’s records. There are some standards as well like “Accentuate the Positive”, “Swinging On A Star”, and Billie Holiday’s “God Bless The Child”.The album was recorded at Merriam Studios in Oakville, under the engineering prowess of Mike Tompa.

In a musical world where sizzle seems to outweigh substance Avery Raquel chooses to swim upstream with her latest release "Life Lessons". A young fresh approach to some old standards delivered with the strength and confidence of a seasoned veteran. People get ready, Avery Raquel is on her way.

Avery Raquel
Jazz Bistro/ 251 Victoria Street (Toronto)
Tuesday, February 23 2016 7 - 9pm
Door @ 6pm
$10 Door Cover

For more visit www.averyraquel.com