"Tapping The Source"
The voice is sexy, strong and evocative. The songs tumble forth a muscular stream of focused consciousness. This is Boca, a Toronto-born singer/songwriter whose evolving life-journey has led her to dive deeply into music’s rushing rivers.
Songwriting for Boca is a direct channel to the heart. To enter the realm of musical creation, for her, is to tap an endless flow of inspiration. Her songs provide her with an intense experience of catharsis and release. “It’s a process of osmosis” she explains, “I deal with raw emotion. That’s where the strength and power is.”
Boca’s creative strength lies in her intuitive approach. When she writes, she allows an emotional propulsion to lead her to the final result. Each song is imbued with her fiery, yet subtle energy. “The best compliment someone can give me about my music is, it touches them,” she says. A unique artist, Boca blends elements of blues and jazz into an organic, soulful mix. The sound is accessible and passionate, what she likes to call “universal”.
Boca is the youngest of four children. Her parents, Italian immigrants instilled that a hard work ethic and family devotion was the noble way of life. Boca had a deep desire to play the piano at an early age.
Much to her mother’s disapproval her father recognized his daughter’s innate talent and found her a private teacher. Her career path was set into motion. From the time she was nine, she composed songs that gave voice to her inner-most thoughts and allowed her to explore her innate sense of rhythm.
Her troubled childhood fueled Boca’s artistry and her need to escape into the world of music and expression. She began to sing. Boca’s strong, confident voice suggested a singer much older than her mere thirteen years of age when she began to perform professionally for Corporate and Public functions (Young Teens Woman’s Awareness Conference, CHIN Radio Benefit for the Homeless). She continued to perform and write with original groups in Toronto throughout her high school years. “It gave me the opportunity for self-expression and helped me determine my own sound.”
At the suggestion of a long-time musical mentor, she attended the highly-acclaimed Jazz Program at Humber College School of Creative and Performing Arts in Toronto. She went on to graduate with high honors. She was accepted on behalf of her voice and classical theory background . It was here that Boca truly flourished as a musician. Boca thrived on studying composition and arranging while she performed and recorded with the schools premier thirteen-piece R&B funk ensemble. In this time she also discovered her love for world music and was encouraged to explore her talent in this idiom. She immersed herself in the songs of Antonio Carlos Jobim, Salsa and folkloric music and dance. After a short time, Boca began to sing and dance with various authentic Latin Jazz groups and performed in many Summer Festival Concert Series through out Toronto (Habourfront Latin Jazz Series) Detroit (Concert of Colors) and L.A. (Playboy Jazz Festival) to name a few. She displayed her chops comfortably in three to four languages including Spanish, Portuguese, Italian and African dialects.
She was nominated for a Detroit Music Award for “Outstanding World Singer” for her work with pianist Eileen Orr of the Grammy nominated Jazz Group “Straight Ahead”. Along with her world beat performances she continued to accompany herself on piano and share her music headlining in clubs and Festivals throughout the Metropolitan Detroit and Los Angeles Area (Intermezzo, Woodruff’s, The Temple Bar, The Mint, The Joint).
Music Connection magazine’s review of her Trio’s performance at the Temple Bar in Los Angeles, “Boca has the whole package that includes solid songwriting, looks, voice and killer arrangements….”
Soon Boca’s talents and professional recognition brought affiliations with performing arts schools in Detroit and then on to Los Angeles. Mentoring and directing shows as well as producing music curriculum for both teachers and children, “was a fabulous experience” for Boca.
Her natural next step was to record her “Edge Of The Night” CD – the result of years of honing her musical craft and seeking the power and depth in song. "Edge Of The Night” CD was Boca’s musical introduction that distinguished her as an inspirational songstress. This CD was given rave reviews and received steady airplay on smooth jazz stations with her single “Mornin’, Noon and Night”. The CD’s title track “Edge Of The Night” is the featured theme song in the documentary “Unsung Heroes”, Produced by Antonio Soave (Capistrano Films), Doug Deluca ( Producer- Jimmy Kimmel Live ) with instrumental score by Bruce Miller ( composer of the “Frasier” theme song ). It was at this time Boca was invited back to her native Canada to be featured on Canada AM the ‘Good Morning Canada’ national Television show to perform.
It was shortly after this that Boca would have her first encounter with legendary guitarist Frank Gambale at the renowned “Baked Potato” in LA. This meeting would prove to dramatically change her life forever. Soon their musical and personal orbits were synched, enmeshed and sealed – “Soul mates.”
In the summer of 2010 Boca toured with Gambale in Europe performing to large audiences and delivering memorable shows.
Together they have made “Frank Gambale Soulmine feat. Boca” CD to be released on February 14, 2012. Soulmine is an awe-inspiring album with ten songs that are a scintillating reflection of this dynamic duo’s first collaboration.
When asked about her work on Soulmine, Boca states, “Soulmine is a reflection of all the best parts of me. It is always an enormous pleasure for me to record an album. To write and record an album with my soulmate, and express the impact of love and my experiences thus far is exceeding my expectation of ‘love in action’. My present life is nothing short of being ‘in dreams awake’ “.
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