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Named « Canada’s Darling of the Blues » by the press and often compared to Janis Joplin for her raw and emotional performances on stage, Layla Zoe was born in British Columbia, Canada in the late 70′s. Raised on her father’s love of the blues and a diverse record collection, she started singing at an early age and had her first experiences on stage with her father’s band at age fourteen. Now after releasing seven albums (You Will, Shades of Blue, Live at Errington Hall, Hoochie Coochie Woman, The Firegirl, Sleep Little Girl and The Lily), penning a self-published book of poetry (Diary of a Firegirl), and moving from BC to Toronto to Montreal in the past 7 years, Layla has gained a reputation as one of the hardest working young blues women in Canada.
Following a win at the Compo10 Blues Songwriting Competition in Finland in 2006, Layla began touring Europe and has made a name for herself on festival stages and blues clubs in Germany, Belgium, Luxembourg, France, Switzerland and most recently the Czech Republic and Poland. Receiving high praise from the late Jeff Healey after performing with him at his club in Toronto, Layla continues to wow audiences all over the world with her « Blues Fire. » Layla Zoe’s sixth album « Sleep Little Girl » was released on Cable Car Records in Germany in late 2011 and her latest album « The Lily » also released on Cable Car Records in 2013 has taken her music and presence in the blues community to a new level. Her collaborations with German Guitar sensation Henrik Freischlader who produced the albums « Sleep Little Girl » and « The Lily » have brought Layla’s music into the spotlight in the European blues scene and both albums have received critical acclaim all over the world.
Layla Zoe is a force to be reckoned with and is changing the face of the roots and blues community.