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Simone Morris exudes an intoxicating blend of intense soulfulness, slyly-insinuated vocal technique, subtlety and a touch of amusing spunk, artfully luring listeners into her craftily-spun musical stories with a natural allure and raw connection to music. She treats her audiences to a refreshing 'dig-deep' kind of conversation delicately wrapped in velvety sweetness and poetic charm.

After years performing on the Toronto jazz circuit, Simone delved deeper into writing, resulting in her debut all-original jazz album "Settling Up".  Officially launched in November 2018 at The Jazz Bistro, the long-awaited "Settling Up" exploded onto the scene at #1 on the iTunes Jazz Chart in Canada, and later, #4 on the Earshot National Jazz Chart.  

Since the release the widely-acclaimed album has received extensive radio airplay, interviews and reviews, including a 30-minute live feature on CBC Radio's "Fresh Air" with Nana aba Duncan, following which Errol Nazareth featured excerpts on his program “Big City Small World”, while continuing to spin tracks.

"Toronto jazz vocalist Simone Morris’ debut album Settling Up is an absolute treat to the listener, a pop of delicious and sultry goodness in an otherwise dull & dreary day."
                ~  Kati Killaspea - THE WHOLENOTE MAGAZINE

Featuring performances by Mike Freedman (guitar, co-writer), Adrean Farrugia (piano), William Sperandei (trumpet), Bill McBirnie (flute), Chris Adriaanse (bass) and Max Senitt (drums), the songs are an intimate musical journey about life and love.  Many are on the mellow side...reflective, poignant and personal, like “What A Life,” – led by tasty electric guitar licks and electric piano, and looks at a sense of defeat underlying alcoholic behaviour – the album opens with "Baby This Works," a sassy swing number about a spunky woman in love, who sees only what she wants to see. The propulsive standup bass, skillful muted trumpet, and sly vocal combine to create a captivating whole, as charming and forthright as the attitude of the woman it describes. "Don't Come Crying To Me" is a soft, gentle bossa nova– with a nylon-string acoustic guitar solo that contrasts with its hard, unflinching lyric that documents the difficult end of a love affair. "Will To Fight" is a sweet, reassuring, jazz-pop piece about overcoming past trauma to find forgiveness and the ability to move forward. The final track "Take Us Home" was written after Morris and her daughter were in a car accident at the end of 2016, which prompted the creation of the album. Going even deeper than "Will to Fight," the languid but emotionally resonant, Gospel-tinged song invites us to send our troubles floating down the river, so it can "take us home" to where we belong.

   "SETTLING UP will delight jazz aficionados and newcomers alike." 

                 ~  Kati Killaspea - THE WHOLENOTE MAGAZINE


Simone can be found regularly performing across the Greater Toronto Area and beyond as a duo, trio, and full band.  In 2019 alone, she has been featured in notable jazz clubs such as The Jazz Bistro, Manhattans, etc., as well as at the 2019 Winterfolk Blues & Roots Festival (selected as one of 3 opening night performers in addition to the scheduled performances), the Distillery District's Music Series, World of Jazz Festival and the Merrickville Jazz Festival.

Plans are underway for another album alongside raising her 2 children, teaching privately, and working as Musical Director in musical theatre.



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