Song of the Day: “Shadowlands”

Once again, it’s time to get back to business with this blog. I should have the time now to do so. I’ll do a catch-up type post on “American Idol” sometime soon, because it is still something worth watching and writing about, even if people seem to be fleeing the show in droves. Before I get to that in the coming days, however, here’s an excellent song to end your day with…

“Shadowlands” by Laila Biali & The Radiance Project!

Laila Biali is a Canadian singer, songwriter, and pianist who I’ve loved for quite some time now. Her previous albums have been fairly rooted in jazz, but her latest record, House of Many Rooms, is an exciting expansion of her artistry. It’s her first album with purely original tunes, all written or co-written by Laila herself. The jazz influences are very clearly still there, but she adds a variety of stunning, beautiful colors to her musical palette. This track, “Shadowlands,” is the opener to the album, and I have been absolutely addicted to it. It really starts things off with a bang, featuring rousing gospel choir vocals by the Toronto Mass Choir and a tight, triumphant horn arrangement, among other things. It’s a riveting, abundantly free song that will grab you and take you for the ride of your life. This may sound like hyperbole, but seriously, this is some terrific, incredibly engaging music. Use it as a taster to listen to the rest of Laila’s fantastic album, which is really a wonderful progression for an artist who’s already been doing some amazing work in the past. I think you’ll really enjoy it all.

Stay tuned for a summer full of fantastic music, and, of course, “American Idol” commentary to finish out the season. Thanks, as always, for reading and listening.

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