Simone Morris - Jazz Singer, Songwriter, Musician

Simone's innate musicality was evident at an early age, beginning in classical piano at age 6. She realized early that music was a powerful way of expressing emotion and it became an integral part of who she was as a person.

Mature interpretive and technical abilities caught the attention of teachers, and she was deemed an outstanding natural talent. As a youngster, Simone enthusiastically volunteered for anything musical - from piano performance competitions where she frequently placed in the Top 5 (often the youngest in her group), to school concert & stage bands, high school musical theatre productions (& leading the pit-band), to accompanying school choirs and solo instrumental Royal Conservatory exams, to summer jobs as Musical Director for musical theatre.

With an array of performance and direction experience already under her belt, she went on to graduate with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Music from York University (Toronto), focusing on contemporary improvisation. She discovered her voice in a life-changing way as a member of, and soloist in, the University's Jazz Choir ("Wibijazz'n'”). The joy of singing caused her to re-focus, hone her chops, and begin her lifelong path as a vocalist.  A born-communicator, Simone knew she'd found the ideal form of musical expression for her.

Morris exudes a rare blend of soulfulness and subtlety.  She's a natural storyteller who captures the essence of a song, while artfully luring audiences into craftily spun musical stories. Known for soulful takes on life and love, she draws on her early influences of Ray Charles, Etta James, Aretha Franklin & Joni Mitchell, alongside her favourite women in jazz - Billie Holliday, Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald and Nina Simone. She has carved her own way on the jazz scene with a unique timbre, a natural sultry allure, and an honest raw connection to music evident in every note. A captivating performer, she treats her listeners to a refreshingly ‘dig-deep’ kind of conversation that she delicately wraps in poetic sweetness and velvety charm. 

Simone is celebrating the worldwide release of her all-original, widely-acclaimed debut album "Settling Up" (November 2, 2018), which hit #1 on the iTunes Jazz Charts upon its release, as well as #1 on the Earshot National Jazz Chart

Plans are underway for a follow-up project.  


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