Loralee

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BIO

Juno nominated and multi award winning vocalist, Loralee McGuirl grew up in Hamilton, Ontario. Loralee’s latest release, BIRLAND, is a collection of classic jazz standards, RnB and Original tunes with internationally renowned flugelhorn and trumpeter Guido Basso, former Temptations saxophonist Bil Holinaty, celebrated pianist Bruce Tournay, drummer Chris Lammont, bassist Clark Johnston and the extraordinary world renowned Drew Jurecka who has played with Stevie Wonder. BIRDLAND hearkens back to a bygone era of after-hours music making in tucked-away jazz haunts.  Guido Basso names Loralee, “the new Ella Fitzgerald” and “the fantastic voice that can sing everything.” He also said, “I felt like Aretha Franklin was in the room when she was singing.”  Jeremy Darby, from Canterbury Music Co. claimed, “Loralee can sing anything and make it sound good!”  Lincoln M. Alexander chose Loralee to sing at many functions because he claimed, “Loralee’s the one who sings it right and gives me chills every time. She’s the only singer I know who can sing Opera one minute and then my favourite God Bless the Child the next.”

Loralee has performed at the Niagara Jazz Festival, Hamilton Jazz Festival, Festival of Friends, the Bay Front Jazz Festival, with the Jimmy Stahl Big Band, Le Chat Noir in Pairs, with John Sherwood, Adrian Farrugia, and many others. 

Loralee has been seen on TV in Canadian Tire commercials, several music videos and Murdoch Mysteries.

Loralee is known for her luminous voice and widely varied repertoire.  Critics have raved about Loralee's "clear, bell-like tone" (Opera Ontario) and warmth and radiance combined with effortless power. Loralee was the first graduate from McMaster University to obtain First-Class Honours degrees in Music and Fine Art as well as a vocal performance diploma. A highly-sought after soloist, Loralee has appeared with the Guelph Symphony Orchestra, Opera Ontario, the Mississauga Windmill Theatre, the Canadian Country Music Awards, the Brott Opera – Brott Music Festival at the opening gala for the Royal Botanical Gardens - Rock Garden.  Loralee was also the lead soprano starring with the Canadian Tenors “TENORE”, a soloist in Buffalo New York for the Opera Buffs, and a finalist in the New York Metropolitan Opera National Council.  Loralee has also been the featured soloist multiple times with the Canadian Orpheus Male Choir, the New Hamilton Opera Company where she performed with the internationally esteemed mezzo Soprano, Jean Stilwell. 


BIRDLAND Loralee & the Jazz Hands

I'm very excited to announce the release of my newest album entitled "BIRDLAND".  The first track Lullaby of Birdland will be coming soon to this site. 

This album features the finest flugel horn player in Canada, Guido Basso. Not only is he the most lovely man but his playing is absolutely superb! Drew Jurecka is also featured on the track Tennessee Waltz...he's played with the likes of Stevie Wonder and my goodness is he fabulous! You will hear the incredible Bruce Tournay on keys, Clark Johnston on bass, Chris Lammont on drums and Bill Holinaty on sax.  

SELECTED PRESS QUOTES

“… the 21st century version of Ella Fitzgerald” ~ Juno winner, Jeremy Darby, Canterbury Music Co. 

“..an incredibly powerful and luminous voice with an astounding range.” Jimmy Stahl, leader of the Jimmy Stahl Big Band 

“Loralee is the musicians dream singer.  She is a pianist and composer as well as an artist. She combines the perfect elements of musical knowledge, chord changes and emotion into her singing that leave me astonished.  She is always my first choice as a singer for Jazz and Opera.” ~ Robert Horvath, acclaimed Juno award winning jazz and classical pianist  

“…a voice filled with warmth and richness, Loralee sings like an angel.” ~ Betty Way, theatre director 

“Loralee’s presence is compelling and her performances always captivates the audience.  Loralee is professional in every way and very easy to work with.  She is a joy on stage and gives 100% every time.”  ~ Brent Malseed, Hamilton Musicians Guild Director 

“Loralee is one of the rare singers that can sing anywhere, anytime and sound phenomenal.” ~ the Mountain News

“…an extraordinary soulful voice that is remarkably like the great like Aretha Franklin.  She is a breath of fresh air and my newest favourite singer in the past decade. She is a voice that the world needs to hear.”  Multiple Juno Award winner, Guido Basso 

"If there is anyone who can evoke the class and sophistication of the 'girl singer,' it's Loralee McGuirl. Her singing is effortless and intelligent with a personal warmth and musicality that makes for delicious listening.”  ~ Concession Street News