Mia Sheard Bio
Over the course of three albums, Toronto’s Mia Sheard has seared herself into
the consciousness of the Canadian music scene. She has been favourably
compared to Mary Margaret O’Hara and Jane Siberry. The lyrics that defined
her sophomore album Reptilian were provocative, insightful and witty - the
words of a poet (Globe and Mail).
Anemone is Mia’s latest CD, recorded during February and March 2002 at
Toronto’s Chemical Sound, with co-producer Howard Redekopp (54-40). For this
record, Mia brought her working band into the studio - and the results are
evident with a more live-off-the-floor sound.
"This album sounds like a band” says Sheard. “Having played with Chris, Dan
and Ryan now for two years, I’ve had a chance to hear my songs develop over
time. We arranged the songs as a group, and let them morph naturally. Like
growing old, they change subtly over time, but you don’t see the lines that
have developed unless you step away for a while."
From the first notes of "Love Your Anemones", and that very sexy sigh from
special guest Ron Sexsmith, this album continues to highlight Mia's exquisite
voice and 'piercing emotionality.' Anemone confirms what many believed: Mia
Sheard is 'electrifying' (NOW magazine) and a talent to be reckoned with.
Mia grew up in a musical family in Toronto. Singing since age 3, she was a
member of the Jarvis Collegiate Chamber Choir, performing Benjamin Britten,
Bach and Pergolesi at St. Martin in the Fields and St. Paul’s Cathedral in
London, England. She studied singing at the Royal Conservatory of Music for
three years, receiving Honours in Grade Nine Singing. This background,
including her love of Joni Mitchell’s lyrical stylings, propelled her to
write music of her own.
Mia firmly established herself with the release of Reptilian (2000). That
album gathered universal praise from critics, with the Globe and Mail calling
it "the work of a true original". Reptilian placed high among many year-end
Top Ten polls ? including those in the Globe and Mail and NOW magazine. Her
riveting live performances landed her spots on CBC Radio’s This Morning,
CTV’s Open Mike with Mike Bullard and TVO’s Studio 2. She has toured
extensively across Canada, and is now establishing herself in the UK.