R&B queen Jully Black named headliner for Harmony Bazaar

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Canadian R&B queen Jully Black will headline this summer's Harmony Bazaar Festival of Women and Song in Lockeport.

By Amy Woolvett

The headline musician to take centre stage for this year’s Harmony Bazaar Festival of Women and Song has been announced.

Canadian R&B songstress Jully Black has signed on with the July 25-27 Lockeport festival to perform on the mainstage on Saturday night.

From opening for Kanye West in Singapore to being hand picked to perform for the Queen; to being the main act for Canada Day celebrations in London, England, Jully Black showcases her unique and powerful voice in her live shows as well as her ability to engage audiences.

She is a Canadian-born, triple threat (singer/songwriter/performer) who loves to share her talents and is known for her charismatic personality. She has won multiple Juno awards, penning songs for the likes of Nas and Destiny’s Child as well as performing along side artists such as Elton John, Etta James, Jay-Z, Sean Paul, and Alicia Keys.

One of her best known and well-received songs commercially was “Seven Day Fool” which cracked the Top 10. Other popular Jully Black songs include "Until I Stay" and "Running."

Her fourth highly anticipated album, entitled “Made In Canada” has been described as “The New Motown Sound”.

Traditionally, Black is from the school of R&B, with influences like Etta James and Tina Turner.

“She is exploding all over the east coast music scene right now,” said Errin Williams Spidle, artistic director for the festival.

The festival is brimming with talented female performers as well as workshops to help the up and comer break into the music scene.

“We’ve always had industry representatives at the festival,” said Williams Spidle.

This year Laura Simpson with Music Nova Scotia and Tim Hardy with SoCan will be a part of a lunch and learn for registered festival-goers.

Erin Costello will be leading a dynamic vocal workshop aimed at teen girls with a showcase later on stage.

Peggy O’Malley, belly dancer will put on a show along with other dancers from the Halifax area.

The after party is planned to be pumping with the sensational Theresa Malenfant performing for the dance.  Her mastery behind the mike has brought her back by very popular demand.

Sunday will finish the festival off with Cindy Cane and her 7-piece band on the beach.

“I am super pumped for this year’s lineup,” said Williams Spidle.

Tickets are available now at Thistle Dew Nicely and the Whirligig Bookstore in Shelburne and the Town Market in Lockeport for $48 for the weekend.

Organizations: Town Market

Geographic location: Kanye West, Singapore, London England Canada Halifax Shelburne Lockeport

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