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Jeffery Straker
OriginPunnichy, Saskatchewan, Canada
GenresPop, Folk
Occupation(s)Singer-songwriter, musician
InstrumentsPiano, vocals
Years active2006–present
LabelsMDM/Acronym/Universal
Websitejeffstraker.com

Jeffery Straker (born in Punnichy, Saskatchewan) is a Canadian pop singer-songwriter, who is based in Toronto, Ontario and Regina, Saskatchewan. His piano-based pop musical style has drawn comparisons to Elton John, Neil Young, and Rufus Wainwright.[1][2]

Contents

  • 1 Career
  • 2 Discography
  • 3 References
  • 4 External links

Career

Straker independently released his album Songs from Highway 15 in 2006. The folk-pop album contains 10 songs inspired by people and places in Saskatchewan. It was recorded live with engineer Brian Moncarz in Toronto. Canadian singer-songwriter Kat Goldman sang backing vocals on the album.

In 2008, Straker released his follow-up album Step Right Up, which included the songs "Hypnotized" and "Somewhere Between". A music video for "Hypnotized" was played on MuchMoreMusic. Step Right Up was re-released on MDM/Universal in 2010. The album was produced by Justin Gray in Toronto and Los Angeles.

In 2011, Straker released the album under the soles of my shoes, produced by Dave Thomson in Nashville. The album was mixed by Grammy Award winning engineer Chad Carlson.

Straker released a 9-song studio album, Vagabond, on 2 October 2012. The album was produced by Danny Michel.[3] Piano tracks were recorded at the Canadian Broadcasting Centre in Toronto in studio 211, using Glenn Gould's Steinway & Sons grand piano.[3] Fred Penner performed harmonica on the song "Birchbark Canoe".[3]

In 2014 the recording Live with CBC Radio was released. It was recorded by CBC Radio in the Mae Wilson Theatre in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan.

In 2015 Jeffery released North Star Falling produced by Dean Drouillard.[4] The album debuted in the top 10 of the iTunes singer-songwriter charts in its first 2 weeks.[5]

Straker tours over 100 shows each year and performed his sold out orchestral debut with the Regina Symphony Orchestra in Regina Saskatchewan, October 2011. He has performed subsequent orchestral concerts of his work with the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra in October 2013 and the Sudbury Symphony Orchestra in 2015.[6] Jeffery was the winner of the international category of the 55th Vina del Mar International Song Festival (Chile) in February 2014 with his song Hypnotized.[7] The singer-pianist is a regular national cast member of the long running telethon Telemiracle[8] produced by the Kin Canada (Kinsmen and Kinettes) of Saskatchewan, Canada. The telethon is broadcast on CTV.

The Artist is represented by Paquin Entertainment.[9]

Discography

  • Songs from Highway 15 (2006)
  • Step Right Up (2008)
  • under the soles of my shoes (2011)
  • Vagabond (2012)
  • "Comin Home for Christmas" – single (2013)
  • Live with CBC Radio (2014)
  • North Star Falling (2015)

References

  1. ^ Goddard, Peter (9 October 2012). "Albums: Ladyhawk score with No Can Do; Vagabond a jazz dazzler". Toronto Star. Star Media Group. Retrieved 2013-06-07. 
  2. ^ Walker, Johnie (15 November 2012). "Favourite son". Xtra!. Pink Triangle Press. Retrieved 2013-06-07. 
  3. ^ a b c Mills, Peter (4 October 2012). "Straker undergoes a sonic change". Leader-Post. Postmedia Network. Retrieved 2013-06-07. 
  4. ^ http://www.prairiedogmag.com/2015-04-02/jeffery-strakers-guiding-light/
  5. ^ http://www.nanaimodailynews.com/entertainment/songwriter-mixes-song-and-story-in-unique-performances-1.2004105
  6. ^ http://www.northernlife.ca/news/lifestyle/2015/04/04-jeffrey-straker-Sudbury.aspx
  7. ^ DeDekker, Jeff (28 February 2014). "Regina's Jeffery Straker wins international category of Vina del Mar competition". Leader-Post. Postmedia Network. Retrieved 2014-04-27. 
  8. ^ http://www.mjtimes.sk.ca/News/Regional/2015-01-15/article-4008973/Telemiracle-39-lineup-announced/1
  9. ^ "Artist Roster". Paquin Entertainment Group. Archived from the original on 4 June 2013. Retrieved 2013-06-07. 

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