Billie Zizi

Performed in Sofar Edmonton

The reviews of Billie Zizi's debut album "Gun Metal Dress" agree that it is a sign of things to come. "Penguin Eggs" calls it "a fine first album laying down the ground work for what will no doubt be one of the country's most inventive voices for years to come and Turkish critic, Hande Eagle predicts it "will one day be looked back on a the starting point of a most incredible career." Billie Zizi has laid the foundations for a satisfying future and with her solid contributions to several side projects (The Gadjo Collective, The Black Wonders, Gypsy Jive) she already has a satisfying career behind and all around her. Billie grew up in a family of artists, casually playing music but was gunning for a professional soccer career until injury forced her to reevaluate her life's ambition. After traveling to West Africa, Asia, India,Europe and the Balkans, she started gigging, enrolled in MacEwan University's jazz guitar program and began developing her own sound-one that is lovingly rooted in traditional forms and yet unmistakeably contemporary. Billie calls it "jazz-influenced folk with dirty guitar" and it's full-bodied lushness and lyrical directness hits the mark. Having begun 2015 with the successful release of "Gun Metal Dress," Billie continues to gain momentum. After a spring and summer of touring and festivals, Billie will return to the studio to record her next album and her growing number of fans can't wait.

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