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Jill Barber (born February 6, 1980) is a Canadian singer-songwriter formerly based in Halifax, Nova Scotia, now based in Vancouver, British Columbia. Originally associated with the folk-pop genre, on her most recent albums she has performed vocal jazz.
Barber won the Female Artist Recording of the Year award for her debut album Oh Heart at the 2005 Music Nova Scotia Awards. In 2007 Barber earned her fourth win as Best Local Solo Artist (Female) in The Coast’s annual “Best of Music Reader’s Poll”, and her first win as Best Canadian Solo Artist (Female).
From February to March 2007 she toured eastern Canada with Dan Hill as part of Stuart McLean‘s CBC Radio show The Vinyl Cafe. She returned to the Vinyl Cafe Tour in 2009 performing across Canada with Matt Anderson.
In 2008, Barber released Chances, a jazz album with full orchestral arrangements which was partially co-written with her producer Les Cooper, while also collaborating on several songs with Canadian music legend Ron Sexsmith. This album led to a new level in touring reaching audiences across the globe while earning two Juno Award nominations including New Artist of the Year. The title track to this album is featured on the Netflix series “Orange is the New Black”, at the end of season 1, episode 1.
She followed up with the album Mischievous Moon, released through Outside Music in 2011. In the same year, Jill and Matthew Barber collaborated on a cover of The Hardship Post‘s “Your Sunshine”, which appeared on the charity compilation album Have Not Been the Same – Vol. 1: Too Cool to Live, Too Smart to Die.
Barber has performed predominantly in English, although she has also recorded and performed French translations of two of her songs, “All My Dreams” (“Tous mes rêves”) and “Tell Me” (“Dis-moi”). Her 2013 album Chansons, a selection of cover versions of classic songs from Quebec and France, was her first album of material recorded and performed entirely in French.