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Sounds | Jill Barber - Beautiful Life

Lang getwijfeld en toch een héél pak meer beluisterd dan ik gewoonlijk doe alvorens te beslissen of ik er iets mee doe. Waarom? De stem, daar moest ik toch even aan wennen. Zodra ik deze hurdle had genomen, zat het echter helemaal snor. Een bittersweet song gedragen door zalige fingerpicking op gitaar, zachte drumstrokes, wat pedal steel toetsen en lieflijke harmonieën.

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Barber’s bouncing, fingerpicked number doesn’t mince words when taking on the influences social media has on our realities and emotions in this day and age. Animated by funny and hard-hitting juxtapositions throughout, Barber’s observations in “Beautiful Life” range from “Seems like everybody’s living the dream” to “I’ve got Cheerios stuck to my feet.” Barber describes the song as “a reminder that social media doesn’t tell the whole story, a pretty picture doesn’t always reflect the whole truth, and living a rich and beautiful life is about embracing the messy chaos of it all.” The song’s refrain sums up Barber’s at-peace outlook: “I may not influence another, be the world’s greatest mother, or a model wife, but I don’t need a pretty picture to know I’ve got a beautiful life. Jill Barber is a three-time Juno Award nominated singer-songwriter with an unforgettable voice once heard, never forgotten. Her critically acclaimed repertoire spans a transformative spectrum from folk, to vocal jazz, to pop, and includes songs in both French and English. Following up her 2018 album Metaphora, which featured the #1 hit song ‘Girl’s Gotta Do,” her breakthrough jazz album Chances was certified Gold for 40,000 copies sold in Canada. Jill’s work has earned her awards, such as the Sirius XM Jazz Artist of the Year and the East Coast Music Award for Album of the Year, and scores of fans, including Blue Rodeo, Ron Sexsmith, and Kris Kristofferson, who called Jill “a real songwriter, and a damn good songwriter.” Her evocative and timeless songs have been featured in film and TV, scoring shows such as Orange Is The New Black, The L Word, and Heartland, as well as powering a global advertising campaign for Chrysler with the track ‘Never Quit Loving You.’ An unforgettable, enchanting performer, Jill has headlined iconic venues such as Toronto’s Massey Hall and Roy Thompson Hall, Ottawa’s National Arts Centre, Vancouver’s Vogue Theatre, and Tokyo’s Blue Note and Cotton Club.


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