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Judge for Pauline Edwards

Victoria, Canada
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Portrait of Pauline Edwards
Pauline's voice has been compared to the likes Jane Arden, Bjork and Sinead O’Connor, and with influences ranging from Bach to Radiohead, her music reveals a matured personal style that sings to the melody of the soul. Born to a Canadian mother and Trinidadian father, Pauline grew up listening to steel drum renderings of the great calypso, soca, classical, and jazz standards that her father would play. She absorbed a unique sense of tonal mix and improvisation by sitting under, leaning into, and singing along with her dad’s drums, and by falling asleep to these sounds every night for over fifteen years. At the age of nine, Pauline began her training as a classical violinist; seventeen years, 4 acoustic violins, one 5-string electric violin, 3 guitars, 2 microphones, countless hours of practice and hundreds of performances later she stands tall with deep roots, arms up, eyes on the sky.

Emerging onto the scene in 2002 with local politically-minded jammers’ collective Kingbong, Pauline established herself as an energetic and versatile performer. She contributed backup vocals and violin to the 10-piece ska/funk/metal ensemble for three years, playing to full houses up and down the West Coast. Brought together in 2004 by social conscious and spiritual awareness, Pauline met up with two stand-outs in Toronto’s soul/groove music community: Greenlaw (Formation Records Group) and Lal (Public Transit Recordings), and has enjoyed sharing the stage and recording with both groups on and off since then. Between 2005 and 2008 Pauline toured Canada with indie folk-rock diva Caroline Spence, singing backups and playing violin in her band at festivals and venues across the country. Pauline had the opportunity to showcase her solo material during the summer of 2007, as one of the acts in the Wild Lily Gypsy Caravan tour. This traveling showcase brought seven up-and-coming Canadian artists together for a performance packed, five week cross-Canada tour.

Gaining momentum and fans across the country, Pauline returned home to work on new material for her debut studio album. After recruiting dedicated and skilled musicians Odin Lake (drums) and Trevor Lamphier (bass), Pauline began recording at Soma Sound Studio in the fall of 2008, with the help of producer Eric Hogg. ‘There Comes A Time’ was officially released in April 2009, and has already been receiving attention from local media and the CBC. Pauline will be touring Eastern Canada in June 2009 to promote her new release, followed by an Island tour (including dates with Lal and Greenlaw) in August. Stay tuned for her first music video for the song ‘Pampas Grass’, shot in Victoria and directed by Andrew Marchand…coming soon to a youtube channel near you!