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Gillian Margot is the rarest sort of singer - the kind that makes people sit up and
listen. She has an exquisite voice, a disarmingly wide range and a style that is deeply
rooted in the tradition of the great jazz vocalists, yet she possesses a gift of storytelling
and emotionally intelligent lyrical delivery that is refreshingly free of 'jazz singer
cliches.' Trained as a vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, and dancer, Ms. Margot feels
equally at home in the musical worlds of jazz, R&B and pop, and offers a stage
presence and confidence honed through years performing major venues throughout
several time zones with top-tier talent from several continents.
A native of Toronto (Canada), Gillian started in jazz the hard-working, old-fashioned
way. Performing several sets a night and leading a wide variety of ensembles, she
also studied under a generation of jazz legends including Oscar Peterson, Freddy
Cole, Carol Welsman, and Norman Simmons before expanding her talents beyond
borders through collaborations with artists in the United States, Australia, and Asia,
where she's earned devoted followings.
Ms. Margot's new album 'Black Butterfly' speaks to the singer's passion for
musical diversity, an artfully crafted set that showcases her multifaceted talents.
Produced by jazz trumpeter Jeremy Pelt, and involving some of the most in-demand
musicians on the New York scene, the album blends Great American Songbook
standards, intriguing jazz originals, gutbucket blues, contemporary hip-hop flavors and
uniquely personal covers of songs by Curtis Mayfield, Joni Mitchell, Nina Simone,
Bobby Caldwell and even '80s English rockers Simply Red. 'Black Butterfly' is Ms.
Margot's first direct overture to the U.S. and international markets and her first
recording on HiPNOTIC Records. Read more...
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