Toronto based jazz vocalist Margot Roi delivers powerfully performed straight ahead jazz that cross-pollinates traditional and contemporary standards for a textured fresh sound.
Awarded "Best Female Jazz Artist 2008" by the Toronto Exclusive On-line Magazine! Margot was recently been Billboard World Song awarded for her original song "A Place For Me." Her original has also been included in the CD compilation: "Songs of Canada 2008: An Anthology of Canadian Songwriters". Margot Roi was also awarded the "Song of the Month" for "A Place For Me" from the Songwriters Universe.
Margot is a featured artist on the Penthouse Radio in New York!
A Place For Me Margot Roi’s latest recording is an eclectic collection of songs that approach the subject of love from every possible perspective to affirm a place in your heart. Margot arranged all compositions to reflect the diverse musical nature of her performing experience. To give the album the fresh, textured sound of today’s jazz Margot recorded with some of Canada’s top musicians.
Margot is proud of the performances and contributions that Mike Downes, Kelly Jefferson, Reg Schwager, Mark Kelso, Ted Warren, William Carn, Ted Quinlan, John Johnson, Brian O’Kane, Alan Hetherington, Will Jarvis and Anthony Panacci made to the album. Included in the collection are two original songs never published before. A Place For Me the title track was penned by Margot. This album is currently playing internationally.
"Canadian jazz diva Margot Roi approaches the topic of love via jazz and pop standards that accentuate her graceful and irrefutably, optimistic mode of delivery. And she garners the very best out of the several musicians appearing on this amiable studio date, augmented by a get-up-and-go vibe that features lush phrasings amid brisk swing vamps and more.
The vocalist possesses an authoritative delivery that is counterbalanced with sincerity and her emotively generated lyricism. Here, Roi sparkles through jazz waltzes and sultry late-night blues vamps, where the instrumentalists are quite diligent when it comes to providing the requisite contrasts. Nonetheless, the artists’ thriving momentum serves as an accelerator during many of these standards.
On “All Or Nothing At All,” Roi casts a dream-laden edge atop an oscillating swing. In addition, she perpetuates a democratic mindset as the alternating personnel are afforded room to breathe and expand while often counterbalancing the leader’s spirited vocalizations. No doubt, Roi is one who has a realistic shot at becoming a household name among the horde of up and coming female jazz vocalists. She injects panache, pep and a noticeable mark of distinction into the roads previously traversed." – Glenn Astarita Ejazz News
"The most recent release by Margot Roi is wonderful. The repertoire is first class and the backing features the cream of Toronto musicians. She has an excellent sense of swing and phrasing. All in all a great CD."
---Jacques Emond CKCU-FM Ottawa
"This is a great CD and a must for any Jazz Program. I play tracks from this album on a regular basis in particular I love the interpretations that Margot has done to the Lennon and McCartney tracks"
---Martin Smith Radio Seagull
"Even though it is a Margot Roi album she has wisely let the musicians show their stuff. The CD features top notch Canadian Jazzers and they seem to have been given the green light to blow. Margot has a smooth voice and good control. Selecting which tunes to play on my jazz show could prove difficult as there are many strong tracks to choose from. There is no doubt, Margot is a fine vocalist."
---Rick Lazaroff Bayshore Broadcasting CORP
Raised in the small town of Dundas, Ontario, Margot began performing in school musicals, and on local Cable TV telethons. Many talent contests were won and she had the distinctive pleasure of performing in an all-girl Mariachi band when her family lived in Mexico. Throughout her childhood Margot shared in her family’s diverse musical experiences: opera, folk, jazz & musical theatre. Aesthetically, this infusion of extensive musical genres has led Margot to an inclusionist style with an unfettered exuberant approach.
“When I perform vocally, I want the audience to experience a little fun. I choose lyrics that intensify the emotive colourations of my interpretive style, to further inhabit the textured atmosphere laid down by other musicians”.
Margot has studied music at the University of Windsor, vocals at The Academy of Canadian Vocals and vocals with Bob Mover and Mitch Seekins. She has also learned the guitar / ukulele / autoharp at her father’s knee and of course played the trombone in the high school band.
"It's truly refreshing to hear music that is genuinely pure and straight from the heart. Margot is a singer with a strong, yet delicate melodic voice"
Vic Florencia - Phase One Studios
-Concrete Jungle Productions
"The sparkly, effervescent and yet substantial vocals of jazz singer Margot Roi will blow you away! Her lively stage personality engages music lovers of all ages."
Press Photographer - Megan Morgan
"Margot's vocals are crystal clear, relaxed and effortless. Her timing and phrasing are perfect. She should be arrested after singing the song Black Coffee!"
Peter J. Moore E Room Mastering
This CD is recommended for early morning coffee, a smooth drive home or a relaxing evening.... anytime!
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