'Without a Little Rain' is making a big splash

WhatsOn Apr 11, 2017 by Victoria Lumax Brant News

She may be young, but her musicianship is well beyond her years.

Fifteen-year-old local talent Avery Raquel is taking Canada by storm with her new record — a wonderful mix of R&B, soul, blues and jazz.

Without a Little Rain was produced by Juno-winning Greg Kavanagh — who has worked with Linda Ronstadt, Aretha Franklin and Jennifer Warnes — through the record label, GKM. Most of the songs on the album were written by Raquel herself.

A CD release concert was held in Toronto on April 4, on the album’s official release date.

This album is different from her last, as it features some new stylistic elements.

“I see this album more as having an R&B/blues style with a kick of soul, which will open doors to new audiences, all the while retaining a jazz sound,” Raquel said.

Her smooth and effortless sound got her debut album, Life Lessons, nominated for jazz recording of the year at the 2016 Hamilton Music Awards.

Her music continues to rise in recognition, as Without a Little Rain debuted at No. 31 on the R&B/soul top 200 iTunes chart in Canada.

The cheerful message of her new record is applicable to the lives of many.   

“The album was made to put a smile on the faces of those listening. The overall message is to always look at the bright side of life, take your time and just live,” said Raquel.

The original, Without a Little Rain, has a message of perseverance.

“It’s an optimistic message, portraying that you must get though the hard times in order to see the good, the rainbow,” Raquel said, explaining the meaning of the track.

Take Your Time is just as it sounds.

“(It’s about) enjoying every moment, enjoying life for what it is,” she said.

The Mouth is the Door explains the pain and damage words alone can create, and the hurt that lasts for a long time. It was written about my own experience with bullying,” Raquel said.

Raquel feels that Won’t say Goodbye is very relatable.

“(The song) is a story about wanting someone to notice you, and finally realizing you share the same feelings.”

Dreaming, co-written by Sophia Perlman, inspires its listeners to work hard for their aspirations.

“When the troubles of the world weigh on our mind, we should just seize our dreams, and see what the future has in store,” Raquel said.

Things You Do causes the listener to think about their special someone.  

“We all have someone in our lives … who is always there for us no matter what,” she said.

You’ve Got a Friend in Me is a cover of the original written and produced by Randy Newman for the movie Toy Story, Oh! Darling was written and produced by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, and Smile was written and produced by Charlie Chaplin. Raquel’s new album eloquently mixes old music with new.

Kavanagh thoroughly enjoyed producing and working with Raquel on the album.

“Avery created great melodies and came back with solid lyrics you can hear on her CD. It was as natural a process as I have ever experienced with anyone,” Kavanagh said. “This experience is why we all got in the business in the first place.”

Raquel began her involvement in the entertainment industry at the young age of seven, her sound and phrasing naturally adapting to that of jazz music.

She has won awards for her vocal talent at festivals in Oakville, Brantford, Niagara and Norfolk. She is also Jazz FM91’s youth big band featured vocalist.

She has performed at many well-known clubs, such as New York’s Birdland and Toronto’s the Jazz Bistro, Koerner Hall, Lula Lounge and Hugh’s Room.

She was accepted to Berklee College of Music’s Global Jazz Institute Workshop this summer. The weeklong intensive program accepts only 40 students from around the world, including full scholarships.

For more information on Avery Raquel or the new album, visit www.AveryRaquel.com.

'Without a Little Rain' is making a big splash

Brantford's Avery Raquel releases second studio album

WhatsOn Apr 11, 2017 by Victoria Lumax Brant News

She may be young, but her musicianship is well beyond her years.

Fifteen-year-old local talent Avery Raquel is taking Canada by storm with her new record — a wonderful mix of R&B, soul, blues and jazz.

Without a Little Rain was produced by Juno-winning Greg Kavanagh — who has worked with Linda Ronstadt, Aretha Franklin and Jennifer Warnes — through the record label, GKM. Most of the songs on the album were written by Raquel herself.

A CD release concert was held in Toronto on April 4, on the album’s official release date.

This album is different from her last, as it features some new stylistic elements.

“I see this album more as having an R&B/blues style with a kick of soul, which will open doors to new audiences, all the while retaining a jazz sound,” Raquel said.

Her smooth and effortless sound got her debut album, Life Lessons, nominated for jazz recording of the year at the 2016 Hamilton Music Awards.

Her music continues to rise in recognition, as Without a Little Rain debuted at No. 31 on the R&B/soul top 200 iTunes chart in Canada.

The cheerful message of her new record is applicable to the lives of many.   

“The album was made to put a smile on the faces of those listening. The overall message is to always look at the bright side of life, take your time and just live,” said Raquel.

The original, Without a Little Rain, has a message of perseverance.

“It’s an optimistic message, portraying that you must get though the hard times in order to see the good, the rainbow,” Raquel said, explaining the meaning of the track.

Take Your Time is just as it sounds.

“(It’s about) enjoying every moment, enjoying life for what it is,” she said.

The Mouth is the Door explains the pain and damage words alone can create, and the hurt that lasts for a long time. It was written about my own experience with bullying,” Raquel said.

Raquel feels that Won’t say Goodbye is very relatable.

“(The song) is a story about wanting someone to notice you, and finally realizing you share the same feelings.”

Dreaming, co-written by Sophia Perlman, inspires its listeners to work hard for their aspirations.

“When the troubles of the world weigh on our mind, we should just seize our dreams, and see what the future has in store,” Raquel said.

Things You Do causes the listener to think about their special someone.  

“We all have someone in our lives … who is always there for us no matter what,” she said.

You’ve Got a Friend in Me is a cover of the original written and produced by Randy Newman for the movie Toy Story, Oh! Darling was written and produced by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, and Smile was written and produced by Charlie Chaplin. Raquel’s new album eloquently mixes old music with new.

Kavanagh thoroughly enjoyed producing and working with Raquel on the album.

“Avery created great melodies and came back with solid lyrics you can hear on her CD. It was as natural a process as I have ever experienced with anyone,” Kavanagh said. “This experience is why we all got in the business in the first place.”

Raquel began her involvement in the entertainment industry at the young age of seven, her sound and phrasing naturally adapting to that of jazz music.

She has won awards for her vocal talent at festivals in Oakville, Brantford, Niagara and Norfolk. She is also Jazz FM91’s youth big band featured vocalist.

She has performed at many well-known clubs, such as New York’s Birdland and Toronto’s the Jazz Bistro, Koerner Hall, Lula Lounge and Hugh’s Room.

She was accepted to Berklee College of Music’s Global Jazz Institute Workshop this summer. The weeklong intensive program accepts only 40 students from around the world, including full scholarships.

For more information on Avery Raquel or the new album, visit www.AveryRaquel.com.

'Without a Little Rain' is making a big splash

Brantford's Avery Raquel releases second studio album

WhatsOn Apr 11, 2017 by Victoria Lumax Brant News

She may be young, but her musicianship is well beyond her years.

Fifteen-year-old local talent Avery Raquel is taking Canada by storm with her new record — a wonderful mix of R&B, soul, blues and jazz.

Without a Little Rain was produced by Juno-winning Greg Kavanagh — who has worked with Linda Ronstadt, Aretha Franklin and Jennifer Warnes — through the record label, GKM. Most of the songs on the album were written by Raquel herself.

A CD release concert was held in Toronto on April 4, on the album’s official release date.

This album is different from her last, as it features some new stylistic elements.

“I see this album more as having an R&B/blues style with a kick of soul, which will open doors to new audiences, all the while retaining a jazz sound,” Raquel said.

Her smooth and effortless sound got her debut album, Life Lessons, nominated for jazz recording of the year at the 2016 Hamilton Music Awards.

Her music continues to rise in recognition, as Without a Little Rain debuted at No. 31 on the R&B/soul top 200 iTunes chart in Canada.

The cheerful message of her new record is applicable to the lives of many.   

“The album was made to put a smile on the faces of those listening. The overall message is to always look at the bright side of life, take your time and just live,” said Raquel.

The original, Without a Little Rain, has a message of perseverance.

“It’s an optimistic message, portraying that you must get though the hard times in order to see the good, the rainbow,” Raquel said, explaining the meaning of the track.

Take Your Time is just as it sounds.

“(It’s about) enjoying every moment, enjoying life for what it is,” she said.

The Mouth is the Door explains the pain and damage words alone can create, and the hurt that lasts for a long time. It was written about my own experience with bullying,” Raquel said.

Raquel feels that Won’t say Goodbye is very relatable.

“(The song) is a story about wanting someone to notice you, and finally realizing you share the same feelings.”

Dreaming, co-written by Sophia Perlman, inspires its listeners to work hard for their aspirations.

“When the troubles of the world weigh on our mind, we should just seize our dreams, and see what the future has in store,” Raquel said.

Things You Do causes the listener to think about their special someone.  

“We all have someone in our lives … who is always there for us no matter what,” she said.

You’ve Got a Friend in Me is a cover of the original written and produced by Randy Newman for the movie Toy Story, Oh! Darling was written and produced by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, and Smile was written and produced by Charlie Chaplin. Raquel’s new album eloquently mixes old music with new.

Kavanagh thoroughly enjoyed producing and working with Raquel on the album.

“Avery created great melodies and came back with solid lyrics you can hear on her CD. It was as natural a process as I have ever experienced with anyone,” Kavanagh said. “This experience is why we all got in the business in the first place.”

Raquel began her involvement in the entertainment industry at the young age of seven, her sound and phrasing naturally adapting to that of jazz music.

She has won awards for her vocal talent at festivals in Oakville, Brantford, Niagara and Norfolk. She is also Jazz FM91’s youth big band featured vocalist.

She has performed at many well-known clubs, such as New York’s Birdland and Toronto’s the Jazz Bistro, Koerner Hall, Lula Lounge and Hugh’s Room.

She was accepted to Berklee College of Music’s Global Jazz Institute Workshop this summer. The weeklong intensive program accepts only 40 students from around the world, including full scholarships.

For more information on Avery Raquel or the new album, visit www.AveryRaquel.com.