When the Asper/CanWest Global camp set out to help create the next Canadian jazz star, they could scarcely have envisioned a better candidate then chanteuse Jodie Borlé. But when the dust settled, Borlé was there in the spotlight, holding an oversized $75,000 cheque and the promise of a shiny new career. A year later, her impressive debut, And then I did, showcased Borle’s sultry, powerful pipes and innovative arrangements, putting an infectious and deeply emotionally connected twist on the jazz-pop genre that belies her 28 years. In December 2006, Jodie released her sophomore album, Snow – a collection of 11 holiday songs.
As the only Manitoba jazz artist to showcase at the Western Canadian Music Awards two years running, Jodie Borlés irresistible, funky, and heavily pop-infused spin on jazz has drawn inevitable comparisons to countrywoman Diana Krall, and for good reason. Young Ms. Borle’s well-crafted quest to expand the jazz songbook has the same potential to reach a broader audience as her famous contemporary. And if Borlés version of Tom Waits classic “San Diego Serenade” fails to give you goose bumps, you’d better check to make sure you have a pulse.