Basia Lyjak is a straight-up rock chick whose catchy, well crafted tunes and tight, explosive vocals hark back to a day when singing came from your heart and your gut, rather than a pitch corrector in a studio. A tireless, passionate self-starter, Basia's self-funded releases, the "Writings on the Wall," EP and the "Don't Talk," "What It Feels Like" and "Never Wanted Anything" singles have By Geoff McLeanbeen knocking down doors usually closed to indie artists, and those who hear the catchy, rock-driven and empowering tracks cannot honestly deny their booming, radio-friendly potential. With a team of equally determined supporters at BasiaLyjak.com and an all-star band behind her (guitarist Ron Bechard (Sin Dealer, Crash Karma), bassist Dave Carreiro (Nigels 11 feat. Chris Kirkpatrick of 'Nsync), drummer Dale Harrison (The Headstones) and multi-instrumentalist Pat Kelly), Basia has firmly established herself as an internationally acclaimed singer/songwriter. Online communities like MySpace, YouTube, Stereofame and dozens more have allowed Basia to develop a worldwide fan base of music lovers who have been searching for an artist like her since the heydays of Veruca Salt and No Doubt!
By Stephanie CloutierHer infectious, unflappable drive to succeed has been paying off tremendously: Basia's social, print and broadcast media presence balloons each day. She has been featured on TV shows like Canoe Live! with Tara Slone of Rockstar: INXS, OMNI1's Na Luzie, BITE TV's Garage Band, Rogers First Local and more. Broadcast and internet radio stations like Y108FM, Chick Radio, IndieCan, IndieLove and more have been spinning her track all year, with hungry response for more from listeners. She's been profiled in Canadian Musician Magazine, The Toronto Sun, Metro News, Uncharted Sounds, Fazer, Bandwagon Magazine, Toonage and dozens more with one general consensus: Basia Lyjak has a set of monster pipes on her and isn't afraid to let them rip. A quick glance at BasiaLyjak.com's press section would leave anyone impressed at the breadth and quality of coverage she has received. The last two years have seen Basia play Toronto's best clubs, perform at CMW, NXNE '07, '08 and '09 and share the stage with artists like April Wine, Lee Aaron and Alannah Myles, to name a few. Her releases have been nominated for the TIMAs,By Michael Sadowski the IOMAs, Toronto Exclusive Awards and numerous GarageBand.com awards, where Basia regularly gets "Best Of" nods. The Billboard Song Contest even gave "Don't Talk" an honourable mention for having what it takes to be a hit song!
Basia continues to build her catalogue every day, writing towards regular single releases, an album and a European tour. With 2 singles released in the last 5 months, a FACTOR grant, and a video for "Don't Talk" recently released to stellar reception, the buzz about Basia's music is loud and clear! Add a foray into writing theme music for TV and video games - she is set to score the soundtrack for the revolutionary www.TheGameCartel.com
console video game - and it's safe to say that Basia's talent is reaching farther and wider every day, proving just how much one person can accomplish with endless passion, no fear of hard work and people who believe in you!
By Wendy Rombough"There are only a few women that have rocked our world throughout the ages... Janis Joplin, Etta James, Heart, and The Pretenders... but guess what? There's a new chick that rocks my socks off, and her name is Basia Lyjak - and she kicked my ass! She's got the whole package. I think she will be a force in rock n' roll, and once you hear her, you won't forget her... I haven't!" - Mark Hudson (Livin' on the Edge, Aerosmith)
"Her current EP, Writings on the Wall, bears witness to an artist mature beyond her years. The vocal prowess Lyjak displays on that EP and the strength of the original material she's penned point to a long run for her." - Doug Gallant, Canadian Musician Magazine
Photo by RonBoudreau.com"Basia Lyjak's catalogue proves she's no one-trick pony - the 8 songs she's released over the last two years feature many co-writers and collaborators, four producers, five studios, a dozen musicians and one connective tissue - Basia herself. She surrounds herself with the best and clearly challenges herself to be the best in turn. Everything she has put out has been, quite simply, great music. No big name label, manager or investor behind her, this girl has been trucking it independently, and not once have her releases reflected this in terms of quality. Let's have an indie round of applause to Basia Lyjak, and hope that the majors figure it out a hell of a lot sooner than later!" - Handshake Music Blog
Contact: Emy [at] BasiaLyjak [dot] com