Paula Gardin is a Canadian Jazz singer/songwriter from the Toronto area. She is a passionate and powerful performer whose music reflects her life experiences. Her latest album, “Two of Cups”, after the tarot card symbolizing love, was released December 9th, 2014 at the Jazz Bistro in Toronto to a sold out audience, which led to an encore performance on January 29th, 2015. The CD is an ode to being loved and being left, with five angsty and emotional originals, and seven romantic, yet deep classic jazz tunes. The CD features Nancy Walker on piano, Kieran Overs on bass, Kirk MacDonald on saxophone and Steve Heathcote on drums. Two of Cups was produced and co-written by Toronto guitarist Lou Bartolomucci. Recorded at the Juno award-winning Drive Shed in Toronto, and engineered by Juno award-winner John “Beetle” Bailey, “Two of Cups” is already garnering airplay on JazzFM91.1 radio in Toronto and several stations in the United States and Europe.
Paula has extensive experience in the Jazz Festival and club circuit, including performances at the Downtown Oakville Jazz Festival, Uptown Waterloo Jazz Festival, Red Hot and Blues Festival, Burlington Jazz and Blues Festival and The Southside Shuffle. Her television appearances include: City T.V’s Breakfast Television and Global Television’s Live it Up.
Paula’s first CD, “A Little Rain Must Fall” was released in 2009 and received critical acclaim being heard on radio stations in 18 countries. Two of the original tracks “Were you Cryin” “Jazzin’ in Me” were released on a compilation CD, “Jazz for a Rainy Day” in Asia.
“Paula Gardin’s ‘Two of Cups’ shows the vocalist’ flair for songwriting and along with an all-star group of musicians, Paula has produced a big, lush sounding record that is lyrically and sonically very pleasing.” -Brad Barker, Jazz 91.1FM
Paula began her jazz career studying musical theatre at Sheridan College and has since studied with acclaimed vocal teachers Lorraine Lawson and Rita di Ghent, as well as studying as a Primordial Sound Meditation teacher at the Chopra Centre in Carlsbad, California.