Jane Siberry (born Jane Stewart, 12 October 1955 in Toronto, Ontario) is a Canadian singer-songwriter, known for such hits as “Mimi on the Beach”, “I Muse Aloud”, “One More Colour” and “Calling All Angels”.
Jane Stewart was born in Toronto, Canada, in 1955 and was raised in the suburb of Etobicoke. She would take her subsequent surname, “Siberry”, from the family name of her maternal aunt and uncle. Many years later, she would explain this choice by stating “this woman and her husband were the first couple I met where I could feel the love between them and I held that in front of me as a reference point.”
Siberry learned piano from the age of four, predominantly teaching herself and developing her own concepts of notation and structure. At school she learned conventional music theory (as well as French horn) and taught herself to play guitar by working through Leonard Cohen songs. Her first song was completed (to her own satisfaction) at the age of seventeen, although she had been developing song ideas since much earlier.
Siberry has also released material under the name Issa – an identity (as opposed to a simple stagename) which she used formally between 2006 and 2009.
Siberry’s music is most commonly compared to artists such as Kate Bush, Joni Mitchell and Laurie Anderson. Her music has drawn from a wide variety of styles, ranging from new wave rock on her earlier albums to a reflective pop style influenced by jazz, folk, gospel, classical and liturgical music in her later work. She has cited Van Morrison and Miles Davis as being strong creative influences.