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Jodi Shaw is a Canadian-born poet/performer with a unique voice and vision. Her music has been described as "hauntingly erotic," "mystical" and "hard to pin down." One reviewer, upon hearing her latest release "In Waterland" for the first time, remarked that he was "partially shocked." Another calls the album "a revelation, nothing less than stunning." Her work has drawn comparisons to Feist, Natalie Merchant, Fiona Apple, Imogen Heap, Tori Amos, and the Beach Boys.
A late-bloomer, Jodi arrived to music through her work as a writer of “wicked little rhymes.” She is heavily inspired by poets and visual artists, most notably Eva Hesse, Kiki Smith, Frank O’Hara, Anne Sexton and Arthur Rimbaud.
Her first two albums "The Myth of Patience" and "The Pie-Love Sky" are the work of a young yet highly original artist finding her voice. After releasing her third album (the sparse and haunting "Snow on Saturn"), Jodi commenced a three month solo tour of Europe before returning to New York City to work as a secretary by day and subway busker by night.
In the spring of 2009 she teamed up with fellow Canadian Malcolm Burn to record the ten vignettes that comprise "In Waterland," a highly evocative, intensely personal - almost sacred - work, fraught with lust, evil, and beauty. The album is Jodi's most ambitious sonic experiment to date, showcasing her work as a budding producer.
After taking a two year break for the birth of her twin sons, Jodi ran a compelling and highly successful Kickstarter campaign to raise the funds to re-mix and master the record (http://tinyurl.com/cfvrmt8), which was released May 15 (U.S.) and May 21 (Europe), 2012.
She is the recipient of many honors and awards, including the 2012 Hudson Valley Songfest7 Best New Artist award, Songwriters Hall of Fame Abe Olman Award for Excellence in Songwriting, exhibitor for SoundGate2010 Sound Art Portal in Aalborg, Denmark, and Artist-in-Residence for Brooklyn College's Performance and Interactive Media Arts program.
In addition to working as artist/producer of her two forthcoming albums, Jodi has written lyrics for three children's music DVDs, and has authored a children's ABC music book. She is currently working on her sixth collection of original songs and a children's theatrical musical, amongst other things. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.
“Shaw’s poetry and musical sensibilities intertwine to near perfect on In Waterland, a deeply personal and moving experience that is as subtle as the current, and as deep and unbending as the tide.”
"It’s a quiet, relentlessly intense masterpiece."
"Jodi Shaw gets maximum mileage out of her clear, expressive voice, composing folk-pop tunes that employ multi-track harmonies and intersecting melody lines."
"Jodi Shaw’s voice is spellbinding and attention-grabbing. Make no mistake; this is healing music, haunting but pure. Brilliant singer/songwriter material. This has to be one of the most impressive and moving releases I’ve heard in 2012."
"Jodi’s voice is gentle and times, but can also be very powerful and compelling... her folk storytelling shines."
“Jodi Shaw has certainly reached that sought after state of confidence in what she’s doing.” – Richie Freidman, Pens Eye View