Jully Black earned a 2013 Juno Award nomination for her single Fugitive and hopes to capture her third career Juno Award this weekend.
The singer-songwriter is a former Richmond Hill resident, now living in Markham, who won her first Juno in 1997 at the age of 19 in the Best Rap Recording category for her single Whatever It Takes.
Ms Black, 35, who is this year nominated in the R&B/Soul Recording Of The Year category, says living in York Region has had a significant artistic influence on her music.
"There's been a level of calm and peace," she said at the 2012 Juno Awards welcome reception last year. "It's just home."
Having captured her second Juno in 2007 for her R&B single Revival, she is perhaps best known for her song Seven Day Fool which was released later that same summer, becoming a top 10 hit in Canada.
Her talent combined with her longevity and success has given her the opportunity to work with the music industry's biggest names including Jay Z, Kanye West and Celine Dion; and has many music insiders referring to her as Canada's Queen of R&B.
One of those insiders is Aurora musician Spyros "Spee" Chalkiotis, lead singer for the rising Canadian pop band, Neverest.
"Her music is so soulful and it's so raw," said the front man for Neverest, a band best known for their single, About Us which topped the MuchMusic charts in 2010. "She brought back that pop blues sound; her music is so exciting and she's just amazing."
He adds that the R&B/Soul Recording of The Year category should prove to be highly competitive, as Vaughan's Melanie Fiona and Shawn Desmond have also been nominated.
The 2013 Juno Awards will be handed out at the Brant Centre in Regina, Saskatchewan this Sunday. David Li is a Thornhill freelance writer.
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Caption: Jully Black's single Fugitive earned her a Juno nomination.
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