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Elizabeth Shepherd: The Signal

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Following in the footsteps of José James and countrywoman Kellylee Evans, Canadian vocalist and keyboardist Elizabeth Shepherd moves steadily toward a more funkified sound, mixing jazz with a whole lotta soul (and occasional hip-hop shadings) on her latest release. Inspired by the birth of her daughter, the album’s 10 originals all speak to various aspects of the human condition, stressing survivalism, empowerment and, ultimately, hope.

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