Vocalist Maura Shaftoe has been making beautiful noise for over twenty years. Blessed with a warm, soul-filled voice, she caught the attention of acclaimed musicians soon after her debut on the Calgary jazz scene, leading to collaborations with Juno-award winning bassist and producer Mike Lent (Jann Arden). An engaging performer who connects deeply with her lyrics, she’s been compared to the grand dames of jazz like Billie Holiday, yet her versatility stretches beyond jazz, blending sounds reminiscent of Bjork and Marianne Faithful. Treating her voice like a rhythmic instrument, Maura weaves her intricate melodies and smoky tones through stories of shared human experiences that resonate with her listeners.
Maura’s fourth album, Make Me A Memory, out now, invites us to live with no regrets. Collaborating with drummer and WCMA nominee Tyler Hornby, the duo have crafted original songs rooted in jazz and infused with elements of Latin, folk and funk. In one breath, Maura’s lyrics remind us to live fully – use the nice china / breakout the champagne – and in another not to hide behind the veneer of materialism. Backed by accomplished musicians including Hornby (drums), Jason Valleau (bass), Steve Fletcher (keys), and Aaron Young (guitar), Make Me A Memory will also feature guest appearances by Maura’s nearest and dearest.
Maura’s recordings have been played on Planete Jazz in Montreal, CBC Radio, and college radio nationwide. Her previous album Tidings of Comfort and Joy became a Top 100 most downloaded release on Radio Direct TX.
Maura has taken her new music to Ontario this year and is taking a swing out the British Columbia, Canada in the New Year.
Maura always surprises with her sense of lyrics and her ability to reach into a song and make it count – Mike Lent