Maura Shaftoe | "Make Me A Memory"

Submitted by UbuntuFM on Wed, 02/07/2018 - 02:46
Maura Shaftoe | "Make Me A Memory"
To live with no regrets

Singer-Songwriter Maura Shaftoe has been making beautiful noise for over twenty years. Blessed with a warm, soul-filled voice, she caught the attention of acclaimed musicians soon after her debut on the Calgary jazz scene, leading to multiple collaborations with Juno-award-winning bassist and producer Mike Lent (Jann Arden).

Maura’s fourth album, Make Me a Memory, invites us to be in the present moment, and to live with no regrets. 

An engaging performer who connects deeply with her lyrics and audience, she’s been compared to the grand dames of jazz – Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughn, and Nina Simone – yet her versatility stretches beyond jazz, blending sounds reminiscent of Bjork and Marianne Faithful. 

Treating her voice as a rhythmic instrument, Maura weaves her intricate melodies and smoky tones through stories of love, loss, and shared human experiences that resonate in the hearts of her listeners. 

Collaborating with drummer and WCMA nominee Tyler Hornby, the duo has crafted twelve original songs firmly rooted in jazz but infused with elements of Latin, folk, and funk. 

Maura’s playfulness within the jazz form and raw, honest lyrics will intrigue jazz enthusiasts and new listeners alike. In one breath, her lyrics remind us to live fully – use the nice china/break-out the champagne – and in another not to hide behind the cheap veneer of materialism, but to go out and make memories that feed the soul.