Zoe jetting off for European tour

Local blues singer's career is also taking off

Former Oceanside blues chanteuse will play several European dates

Former Oceanside blues chanteuse will play several European dates

 

has performed all over the world and has six CD releases to date, so it is no wonder local blues songstress Layla Zoe is thrilled the way her music career is taking off.

As she prepares for a European tour this winter and the release of a new album she recorded in Germany. Zoe found a few days to relax at home in Oceanside and share the exciting details about her latest project.

Zoe wrote all the lyrics on the new album and said it really showcases where she’s at in her life.

It is her first time with the German record label, Cable Car Records, which she said allowed her free reign to be artistic and creative on the project.

“I can say with the new album I am the proudest I have ever been with the music. I wrote all the songs and the music is great. I feel like I have done a 360 and have come around full circle.”

The album is called Sleep Little Girl and is named after one of the title tracks off the record.

She said she loves all the songs on the album but Sleep Little Girl is one of her favourites.

“It seemed to make sense because I am always travelling and busy and my mind is always going. I am a Gemini woman and sometimes the little girl in me just needs to go to sleep,” she said. “The woman who is out there rocking and trying to do business just gets exhausted, so it makes sense.”

Zoe, who was in the area recently to record a music video and visit with friends and family, admitted the tour will be intense.

In October she flies overseas where she will perform in France for the first time at the Avignon Blues Festival on Saturday, Oct. 8.

The festival features some of the top artists from the French stage as well as international musicians.

From France, Zoe heads to Germany and then she is off to Switzerland

“It will be the first time I have had a tour supported by a record label with an album like this. It is all new to me.”

Zoe said she is really proud of the audio on the record.

“It is just a whole other level as far as the promotion of the album and what it looks like. I am excited about the tour,” she admitted.

Zoe is also over the moon about having her album pressed into vinyl.

“It was super exciting when they told me they were pressing vinyl because anybody that knows me well enough knows I am a complete record geek. I have a record player at my house and I listen to old records.”

Over the summer, Zoe played some major festivals in Canada, including Montreal, Ontario and Nova Scotia.

“The Montreal Jazz Festival was a highlight for sure.”

At the Dutch Mason Blues Festival in Truro Nova Scotia, Zoe performed during the day, but organizers were so impressed with what they heard they have promised her when she returns next year she will be one of the headliners.

 

“They told me they wanted me back again next year to be on in the evening show,” she said.

“They have huge headliners there including Robert Cray, Johnny Lang and the Downchild Blues Band. They have had all these amazing people over the last few years so it has been fantastic. When I performed we had a huge crowd. It was great and they are really appreciative of what I am doing out there.”

Zoe said her music is blues first but includes rock, some jazz and definitely soul. Although she’s constantly compared to Janis Joplin with her distinctive and powerful voice, Zoe said she feels it is her energy onstage that brings that comparison about.

When she returns from her European gigs she already has things booked into April of 2012 in Ontario and Quebec and then she will return to Europe again in 2012 and just keep it going.

Zoe said it could be a while before she performs in these parts because she has nothing scheduled for Vancouver Island.

“Right now I am focussed on Eastern Canada because there is more happening out there for the blues than there is here on the Island. There isn’t much of a blues society that is super organized here. There are some good things going on here like the Nanaimo Blues Festival and it is great but there are things happening out in Quebec and Ontario that just aren’t happening here,” she said.

Zoe said since beginning her musical career she has changed quite a bit and is now more confident with herself and with creating her own music. She said this record label will take her to the next level.

To sample music, buy CDs or purchase Zoe’s book Diary of a Firegirl visit her website www.layla.ca.

 

 

 

 

news@pqbnews.com

 

 

Just Posted

(File photo)
Crime report: Crooks busy pilfering bikes throughout Parksville Qualicum Beach area

Thefts among 295 complaints Oceanside RCMP deal with in one-week period

The Arrowsmith Search and Rescue logo on the back of a service vehicle. (Mandy Moraes photo)
Parksville and Qualicum Beach provide letters of support for Arrowsmith Search and Rescue

ASAR asks for increase in funding, one-time capital grant and for RDN to buy out current facility

The proposed running track upgrade at Ballenas Secondary is now on course. (PQB News file photo)
RDN: Parksville track upgrade project gains some traction

Staff recommends board approve $204,000 funding

The total earnings of Town of Qualicum Beach council and mayor amounted to $186,649 in 2020, including expenses. (Town of Qualicum Beach photo)
Nine Qualicum Beach town employees earned more than $100K in 2020

Mayor and council received earnings totalling $186,649

(PQB News file photo)
Fireworks report highlights enforcement challenges for Regional District of Nanaimo

Director: ‘I just think it’s wasting everybody’s time’

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau participates in a plenary session at the G7 Summit in Carbis Bay, England on Friday June 11, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Canada donating 13M surplus COVID-19 vaccine doses to poor countries

Trudeau says the government will pay for 87 million shots to be distributed to poor countries

Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price (31) is scored on by Vegas Golden Knights defenseman Alec Martinez, not pictured, during the second period in Game 1 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup semifinal playoff series Monday, June 14, 2021, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
Habs fall 4-1 to Vegas Golden Knights in Game 1 of NHL semifinal series

Match was Montreal’s first game outside of Canada in 2021

Kelowna-Lake Country MLA Norm Letnick, assistant deputy speaker at the B.C. legislature, presides over committee discussions. The legislature is completing its delayed spring session this week, with most MLAs participating by video conference. (Hansard TV)
B.C.’s daily COVID-19 infections dip below 100 over weekend

Only 68 new cases recorded Monday, four additional deaths

Gabriola Island artist Sheila Norgate is promoting the Digital Innovation Group’s art impact survey. (File photo)
Vancouver Island artists get behind regional arts impact study

Artists urged to use their stature to help put arts and culture super-region on the map

The BC Ferries website went down for a short while Monday morning following a provincial announcement that recreational travel between health authorities can resume Tuesday. (Black Press Media file photo)
BC Ferries’ website crashes in wake of provincial reopening announcement

Website back up now, recreational travel between health regions to resume as of Tuesday

Neighbours fight a small late-night bush fire with garden hoses and shovels in Cinnabar Valley on June 5. They couldn’t get help from local fire services because the fire was located in an area under B.C. Wildfire Services jurisdiction. (Photo courtesy Muriel Wells)
Neighbours on edge of Nanaimo city limits left to put out bush fire themselves

Cinnabar Valley residents tackle fire with hoses and buckets for two and a half hours

Darren Campbell’s truck (pictured) was stolen when he stopped to check on a car in a ditch on Cowichan Bay Road on Monday morning. (Facebook photo)
Vancouver Island Good Samaritan’s truck stolen in nasty trick

‘Try to be a Good Samaritan and my $20,000 truck gets stolen right under my nose’

The Kamloops Indian Residential School is photographed using a drone in Kamloops, B.C., Monday, June, 14, 2021. The remains of 215 children were discovered buried near the former school earlier this month. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Communities grapple with what to do with former residential and day schools

Some tear them down as a tool to help healing, others repurpose them as tools for moving forward

Creative handmade signs abound at the June 13 Tofino rally for old growth trees. (Nora O’Malley photo)
VIDEO: Tofino stands in solidarity for Fairy Creek Blockades

Over 150 supporters attend rally hosted by Friends of Clayoquot Sound

Most Read