Velvety-voiced keyboardist Elizabeth Shepherd made her international debut in 2006 when her first album, "Start To Move," was voted one of the best jazz albums of the year by listeners of the influential Gilles Peterson Show on BBC Radio Worldwide. Since then, this soul-jazz innovator based in Montreal has established herself as one of the most captivating and imaginative artists on the current scene.
A classically trained pianist who turned to jazz through her love of old-school hip-hop, Elizabeth has been hailed as a "jazz virtuoso with a pop sensibility" (Real Detroit Weekly) and has been praised by critics worldwide for her compelling songwriting and soulful performances. Alongside Esperanza Spalding and Robert Glasper, she is part of the new wave of jazz-influenced musicians introducing this art form to a new generation of music fans. Nominated six times for the JUNO Awards (the Canadian GRAMMY Awards) and twice for the Polaris Prize, she has released seven widely acclaimed albums, featuring collaborations with musicians such as Lionel Loueke and British producer Nostalgia 77. She has extensively toured North America, Europe, Japan, and Mexico, playing venues from the Cotton Club in Tokyo to the Jazz Cafe in London, and performing at festivals such as Northseas and ELBJazz. She has shared the stage with diverse artists including Christian MacBride, Victor Wooten, Spankie Wilson, the Quantic Soul Orchestra, the Five Corners Quintet, Bonobo, and was personally invited to open for Jamie Cullum at a sold-out concert at the Hollywood Bowl.
"Wholly unique and unclassifiable style that blurs the boundaries between jazz, R&B, pop and hip hop" - MOJO (UK)
“S’il vous fallait un signal fort pour confirmer la présence d’Elizabeth Shepherd parmi les artistes les plus intéressants du jazz moderne, arrêtez d’attendre” - ICI MUSIQUE (CAN)
“Plus intéressante que la presque totalité des chanteuses associées au jazz” - Alain Brunet, LA PRESSE (QC)
"Bound to intoxicate American jazz fans" - LA JAZZ (US)
"Soulful coolness" - USA Today