Cayla Brooke - The Jazz/Rock Blue Jean and Heels Vocal Powerhouse from Vancouver, BC Canada.
Cayla's music may not be for you if your CD collection is full of guys with beards, acoustic guitars and sitars. Or you love Ethereal, Dream Pop music. Or consider yourself a Jazz Purist. But if you long for music with a kick-ass melody. If you loved to make mix tapes for your road trips. If you want music to sing along to with the windows rolled down and the wind blowing through your hair. Or to help you get through that ghastly traffic jam. You're in the right spot. Cayla has got you covered!
Garnering comparisons from Adele, early Holly Cole and the late Eva Cassidy to classic belters Janis Joplin and Barbra Streisand. The Vancouver performer seamlessly blends the sophistication of jazz with the passion and grit of rock and roll. Simply said - she's just sophisticated enough.
The easy-going Brooke, shifts from sparse, heart-wrenching ballads to full on flavour explosion, multi-instrumental dance tunes, and aptly transports her audience on a musical journey with each performance. Her comfort in contrasting styles and tempos holds the listener as they travel along for the ride. But it’s Cayla’s innate soulfulness and personality that ties each composition together. Born and raised in Vancouver, Brooke is simply doing what she’s always done. She learned to sing in Church deciding that she was going to be a performer by the age of three. Her father was an avid country music fan. Her mother a lover of big band and jazz.
Cayla Brooke grew up singing other people’s music, beginning her professional career at the age of 14. It was as an adult; however, and her discovery of the late Eva Cassidy’s legacy of music that was the game changer for her. She related to the singer’s fusion of jazz, folk and gospel. Cayla felt a kindred spirit with the late artist and was compelled to tell her story. She wrote a script, gathered some of Vancouver’s finest musicians and rented a theatre. After critical acclaim and sold out houses Brooke felt the need to share her own story. Plush Red Chair, an album of ten original songs (co-written by Cayla and producer Bill Sample) pieces together personal moments from Brookes life. Telling stories of heartbreak, love, survival and the indelible nature of the human spirit. Each song resembling something familiar and yet fresh. New. Like comfort food for the soul. During the writing and recording of Plush Red Chair, Cayla found a new sense of purpose. “Society tells us that once we reach a certain age we’re done.” Something she has a hard time swallowing. “We have so much to offer! So many of us are folding up when we’re just about to blossom. I say, unless we’re boots up, it ain’t over!”
“WOW! WOW! WOW!”
“Plush Red Chair, is a stunning project which exemplifies Brooke's charisma and talent”
“Wow! I’d be at the dictionary for hours to find enough superlatives to praise Cayla Brooke ... Hands down, this was the best show I’ve ever seen at the Festival. I can’t be more superlative than that. ***** (5 stars)”
— Anne M. Holmes, GI News
“The Vancouver based singer songwriter has received nothing but critical acclaim for her standout style, and it really is no wonder”