We're thrilled to share a fresh take on Laila Biali's empowering anthem "Revival" in our latest #CMPremiere, recorded remotely for her Quarantunes series with an all-star band representing Toronto, Halifax, Vancouver, and NYC. Much like the original version from her latest LP, Out of Dust, this reimagining boasts Biali's unmistakable vocal prowess anchoring an upbeat and high-impact arrangement that'll make you want to move - and make a difference.
"'Revival' is a song about banding together to fight for change, for a better future," Biali tells Canadian Musician. "I initially wrote it in response to the 2016 U.S. election and the uprisings we saw in support of women's rights and the climate. Now, mid-pandemic and on the precipice of another critical election, the song takes on new meaning, especially with regards to civil rights.
"This is the second installment of my Quarantunes series, and while we find ourselves at various stages of reopening, it is still impossible to bring together this many musicians into one space to share this music live. So, we have taken to the virtual stage once more, each of us capturing one through-take performance from our respective homes."
A multi award-winning Canadian singer-songwriter, pianist, and CBC Music national radio host, Laila Biali has headlined festivals and venues spanning five continents from New York City's Carnegie Hall to Beijing's National Centre for the Performing Arts, and supported international icon Sting. In 2019, her eponymous release won her the JUNO for Vocal Jazz Album of the Year. The year before that, she was awarded top prize at the Canadian Songwriting Competition in the Jazz category. Laila was also the youngest-ever double winner at Canada’s National Jazz Awards when she was named SOCAN Composer of the Year and Keyboardist of the Year.
Her acclaimed new album, Out of Dust, features multiple Grammy nominees and winners, including Lisa Fisher, Alan Ferber, John Ellis, and Larnell Lewis.
"Revival" - Quarantunes Edition Credits:
Laila Biali - vocals, piano; Rich Brown - electric bass; Ben Wittman - drums, tambourine; Alan Ferber - trombone, horn arrangement; William Sperandei - trumpet; John Ellis - tenor sax; Glenn Patscha - organ; Joanna Majoko, Michelle Willis & Adam Thomas - principal BGV's; Lisa Fischer - ad lib vocals; Venissa Butler, Karen Moses, Jenna Cowans, Nicole Sinclair-Anderson, Kerroy Williams & Chardon Myers - BGV choir at end; Laila Biali, Ben Wittman, Joshua Biali-Wittman - handclaps.
Mix by Ben Wittman. Video compilation by Nick & Steph at Halla Creative
Also, check out the official music video for the studio version of "Revival":