New album pays homage to country, Motown

25-Feb-2014 | SHARE:

Markham's own Jully Black is set to take the stage at the Flato Markham Theatre and debut songs from her upcoming album.

Canada's queen of R&B will perform at the Flato Markham Theatre March 1 at 8 p.m.

Made in Canada, set to be released later this year, pays homage to her home country and to the sounds of Motown.

The album features a live horn and strings section along with a live grand piano.

"When you hear that Motown sound, everything is live," Ms Black said. "We wanted to bring back that real sound. Barry White didn't have computers in his home to do a recording on."

For her, Motown is all about how the music makes you feel and how you felt as a youth listening to the sounds of Marvin Gaye and Diana Ross.

"Music can be hearing a bird chirping," she said. "You can feel real music on your skin. You can feel the vibrations."

Ms Black brought her production team back to Canada to record the Made in Canada album.

"My mom and dad came to Canada to give me a better life," she said. "If I left that would be like a slap in the face. That would end the idea of Canada being this great place."

While some artists loosen up to get rid of the stomach flutters pre-show, Ms Black uses it as a sign she is ready for the performance.

"Those stomach butterflies are useful," she said. "If I don't feel them, I'm not there, I'm not connected with the performance. Those butterflies push me on."

But the performance is all about projection and reflection, she added.

"The energy I put out there I get back from the audience," she said.

Performing a theatre, such as Markham's jewel, can be a little challenging.

"In a theatre, the audience is a little reserved as first," she said. "They don't think they have permission to dance and clap. By by song two, I've created a connection."

On Saturday, Ms Black will bring home several of her new songs in an intimate experience and the Markham audience will hear her new songs for the first time.

"I don't have children yet," she said. "But for me, this performance is like bringing home your baby to visit with a trusted friend."

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Caption: Jully Black is performing at the Flato Markham Theatre, Saturday.

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