Elizabeth Shepherd has earned critical acclaim, multiple Juno Award nominations and an international audience via her innovative take on contemporary jazz. She's a triple threat as a supple vocalist, imaginative composer and fluent keyboardist, and all these talents are on display on impressive new album The Signal. Her fifth album, it follows up her 2012 album of standards, Rewind. The original compositions here showcase the singer's strong social conscience, as on the environmentally-themed "B.T. Cotton" and "Another Day", referencing the murder of Trayvon Martin. Soul and world music touches are integrated seamlessly. An elite group of T.O. players are utilized, along with notable guest guitarist Lionel Loueke (Angelique Kidjo, Herbie Hancock). Signal this one as a winner.
Shepherd tours extensively in Canada, the U.S. and Mexico over the next three months. For details, check her website.