For his sophomore feature-length album, accomplished singer and composer/lyricist Steven Taetz presents a new sound: a cocktail of vintage- pop, jazz, and swing, backed by a sure shot band made up of several of Canada’s top jazz musicians. The album presents six new compositions - sure to become popular with singers everywhere - plus a few re-imagined classics.
The Alberta-born, Toronto-based Taetz was raised on Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, and classic standards. He was trained classically, and at an early age he travelled throughout North America with ensemble Into the Light from Burman University performing Adult Contemporary, jazz, and classical material at festivals and venues such as Disneyland, Honolulu Cathedral, Toronto’s Rogers Centre, and Carnegie Hall.
Upon relocating to Toronto, Taetz had early international success with compositions in the dance and electronica realm on leading labels Armada (Netherlands), Perfecto (UK), and Majestic (Russia). After attracting the attention of Big Management (NYC), he secured a publishing deal with Universal (Europe) and Shapiro Bernstein (USA), co-writing material with/for artists from Nettwerk, SONY, and Universal Canada, which charted for radio play and sales.
Steven Taetz Drink You in contains material co-written with award-winning artists including JUNO-winner Sonia Johnson (Vocal Album of the Year), JUNO-nominee Barbra Lica, Tia Brazda, and producer Drew Jurecka. Along with duets featuring Johnson and Brazda, it includes performances by noted artists such as Kevin Turcotte, John Macleod, Ernesto Cervini, Nathan Hiltz, and many others. The album is distributed by Flatcar Records/Fontana North.
Steven Taetz performs regularly at top venues in Toronto including Jazz Bistro, where he has enjoyed ongoing residencies. Upcoming tour dates in support of DRINK YOU IN include Fall-Winter performances across Ontario and Quebec, and spring tour dates in Western Canada.
Steven is proud to follow in the tradition of legendary LGBT leaders in jazz, including Billie Strayhorn, Ma Rainey, Fred Hersch, and Gary Burton.
Drink You In will be released worldwide on Friday, September 28th, 2018 and distributed by Flatcar Records // Fontana North. The release will be celebrated with a performance on Sunday, September 20th, 2018 at the Jazz Bistro in Toronto. A Canadian CD Release tour will follow.
Steven Taetz - Vocals
Sonia Johnson - Guest Vocalist (2)
Tia Brazda - Guest Vocalist (6)
Drew Jurecka - Alto Saxophone(1,4,7)
Clarinet (1,9) Strings (2,3,4,8,9) and Bandoneon (2)
Pat LaBarbera - Tenor Saxophone (4,7)
Bob DeAngelis - Baritone Saxophone (4,7)
Kevin Turcotte - Trumpet (1,5,11)
John Macleod - Trumpet (4,7)
Steve McDade - Trumpet (4,7)
Rob Somerville - Trombone (4,7)
Ewen Farncombe - Piano (1,2,4,5,7,8,11)
Adrean Farrugia - Piano (3,6,9,10), Celeste (9)
Carissa Neufeld - Vibraphone (5,6)
Nathan Hiltz - Guitar (1,2,5,7,8)
Søren Nissen - Bass
Ernesto Cervini - Drums (1-10)
Andrew Miller - Drums (11
1. Drink You In 2:51
2. Meet In Montreal (Feat. Sonia Johnson) 3:28
3. Lately 3:01
4. The Little Things You Do Together 3:24
5. Other Side of the World 3:58
6. Forgotten How to Say Goodbye (Feat. Tia Brazda) 3:40
7. Everybody Knows 3:33
8. Oom-Pah-Pah 3:33
9. We Never Kissed Goodbye 4:56
10. Orange Colored Sky 3:31
11. So This Is Love 4:33 (CD Bonus)