• Meet 2013 Sarah Vaughan Vocal Finalist Barbra Lica

    October 8, 2013. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    WBGO congratulates Barbra Lica, one of five finalists in the 2013 Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition (SVVC):  Click here or on the image below to hear her sing.

    Along with four other finalists, Barbra was chosen from hundreds of singers from around the world to perform November 10 at 3 p.m. at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center's Victoria Theater for this year's "Sassy" Award, named in honor of legendary jazz singer and Newark native Sarah Vaughan, and prizes of up to $5,000. She will sing for judges Al Jarreau, Janis Siegel, and Gretchen Parlato, WBGO music director Gary Walker and JAZZ ROOTS producer Larry Rosen.

    Barbra was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario. She discovered jazz for the first time at the age of six while shuffling through her dad’s CD collection and immediately began to sing along to the music of Doris Day, Ella Fitzgerald and Peggy Lee. In 2012, Barbra's debut album, “That's What I Do,” was released with a live-to-air concert celebration on Toronto’s Jazz.FM91. She performs regularly in the Greater Toronto area, presenting a wide repertoire of both jazz standards and original music, and was recently named one of Canada’s top five female jazz singers by CBC radio.

    WBGO will interview Barbra on-air before the competition.

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    Congratulations, Barbra, and see you in November!

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