Time stands still as Barbra Lica awaits the answer to a life-changing question in the eye-catching video for her new single Before I Do — premiering exclusively on Tinnitist.
Taken from her latest Justin Time album You’re Fine, the beseechingly romantic ballad finds the Juno-nominated Toronto jazz vocalist swinging her sound in a rootsier direction — the result of a recent sojourn south of the border.
Having spent the last couple of years touring, Lica found herself in Nashville, and was blown away by the textures of old country music and western swing — the sound of Patsy Cline singing Irving Berlin. She dedicated the next year to songwriting trips between Nashville and Toronto, collaborating with new songwriters and workshopping with her band to find a fresh space for contemporary jazz — one that borrows and fuses elements of American country music.
The result was her fifth and most ambitious offering to date: The album You’re Fine. Recorded at Addiction Sound Studios in the heart of Nashville, it represents Lica’s second production with in-demand Canadian producer/bassist Marc Rogers. It also features her full band alongside legendary guest artists Paul Franklin (Vince Gill, Mark Knopfler, Shania Twain) on the pedal steel guitar, and multi-instrumentalist Wanda Vick Burchfield (Taylor Swift, Trisha Yearwood, Jason Aldean).
The followup to her 2017 recording I’m Still Learning, You’re Fine covers all the basics: Poignant, introspective, tongue in cheek and heartbreaking. This genre-bending project breaks every rule while searching for commonalities between musical palettes, human experiences and two sides of one border.