Caroline Drury

Caroline Drury

BandJazzPop

Intimate acoustic pop with it's roots in Jazz. Also influences of Blues, Folk and Motown

Biography

“I love that the configuration of this group is just voice, upright bass, acoustic guitar, and
a little piano,” says Caroline Drury of her latest release Loving You, Loving Me. “I can’t
explain in words why the sound strikes me so deeply but it does and it leaves such a
beautiful space in which to place a song.” Drury delivers a beautiful song and the world
has started to take notice, her recording and touring schedule points to the fact that she is,
and has been very much “in-demand,” for a number of years. At only 24 years of age,
Caroline Drury brings that rare combination of youthful enthusiasm and experience to
jazz.

A native of Whitehorse, Yukon, Drury began singing simply for the love of it. It was not
too long before her natural talent was spotted by local pianist/educator Grant Simpson.
After her introduction to jazz she was hooked and her efforts soon paid off with her first
great association: the Peters/Drury Trio. This Whitehorse threesome featured two
brothers who loved jazz and who had asked Drury to join their group. Success came
quickly and the trio hooked up with bassist Rick Kilburn, a musician based in
Vancouver who had spent years on the road performing with Dave Brubeck and Mose
Allison among others. Acting as mentor and bass player, Kilburn produced two
Peters/Drury CDs, When Old Met New and Backbeat. Both CDs were an instant success
and had Drury crisscrossing the country as well as performing in the United States to
large sell-out crowds. Playing jazz standards and swingin’ all the way, the Peters/ Drury
Trio went on to become a favorite for Canadian jazz radio, at jazz press and at numerous
Jazz Festivals across the country; additionally, they became an associate of UNESCO, the
cultural wing of the United Nations.

With members of the Peters/Drury Trio moving on
to pursue individual projects, Drury, who had relocated to Vancouver, was ready to begin
her second great association on Loving You, Loving Me.

While her early education has been in the school of the jazz standard, she breaks out on
Simple Life, where she features original songs alongside of modern pop classics with a
twist. “This is the first time I have recorded where I have been part of the writing process.
I love it so much,” says Drury. “All of these lyrics were written on my bedroom floor
here in Vancouver and the music was written in collaboration with Miles Black and Rick
Kilburn. Miles Black is a seminal jazz pianist in Vancouver and has performed with such
jazz legends as Maynard Feguson and Max Roach. More recently Black began playing
the guitar as well, and his unique and spacious playing has become the perfect backdrop
to the new Drury sound which also feature Kilburn on bass. Originals here feature songs
like Alone, Lets Just Stay Inside, and Simple Life. Simple songs with timeless messages.
Also included here are Sting’s Fragile, and The Searchers classic and whimsical Love
Potion #9.

Caroline Drury’s stock continues to rise in the jazz world. The wide acceptance of Loving
You, Loving Me, has led to many more opportunities for her. Recently presented in
concert in Philadelphia by the Jazz Series in the Zellerbach Theatre, she was added to
a subscription series that included the likes of Dianne Reeves, Pat Metheny, and
Wynton Marsalis. In April of 2001 she had the privelege of performing for Prince Charles on visit to Canada.

Listening to Drury, it’s easy to hear she is “Elegant, sophisticated and
natural” (Paul Grant, host of CBC Radio’s Hot Air). Drury “whose voice, rich and
sweet, is the kind of female voice that will touch the heart of everyman,” (Hi Fi Review,
Hong Kong). True to the spirit of her own discovery, Caroline Drury shows us a new side
of her great talent, singing beautiful songs and giving us all a taste of the simple life.

Lyrics

Loving You, Loving Me

Written By: Caroline Drury, Rick Kilburn, Miles Black

(c) SOCAN

The moon shines down softly
The chimes on the porch sings in the breeze
The clock on the wall is so careful
To tick a little more slowly just for you and me

There's nowhere I'd rather be
Living here
Loving you, loving me
These are moments that we need so desperately
Being here
Loving you, loving me

In your arms, by your side, there's intermission
From the rest of the world going by
I know things may get lonely and when they do
There's no one I'd rather be lonely with than you

There's nowhere I'd rather be
Living here
Loving you, loving me
These are moments that we need so desperately
Being here
Loving you, loving me

And though it breaks so many hearts it's found us
And now we'll never be apart
Love has us

There's nowhere I'd rather be
Living here
Loving you, loving me
These are moments that we need so desperately
Being here
Loving you, loving me

Simple Life

Written By: Caroline Drury, Rick Kilburn, Miles Black

(c) SOCAN

You say you've got ideas
Well I've got some of my own
Like a flower blooms in the spring, I am blossoming

There are many walls, three bedrooms, two baths in this house
But that's still not enough space
I feel like climbing the walls to the rooftop, to get you out of my face

I'll always want the Simple Life, the simple thigs
The luxury of consent
I'll always want a simple man, I'll be a simple girl
A lady, a lover, a friend
To keep bringin' around again

I've spent six months looking for light
Gasping for air
Fantasizing about getting out of here

You always wanted to be entertained, always wanted a show
Well, this dancer's hung up her prancing shoes
No more curtain calls, I'm through with it all

I'll always want the Simple Life, the simple thigs
The luxury of consent
I'll always want a simple man, I'll be a simple girl
A lady, a lover, a friend
To keep bringin' around again

I'll always want the Simple Life, the simple thigs
The luxury of consent
I'll always want a simple man, I'll be a simple girl
A lady, a lover, a friend

I'll always want the Simple Life, the simple thigs
The luxury of consent
I'll always want a simple man, I'll be a simple girl
A lady, a lover, a friend
To keep bringin' around again

Alone

Written By: Caroline Drury, Jesse Peters

(c) SOCAN

I don't want to be alone
I'm afraid to be alone
It's so hard to be alone
When you've had love

I don't know what they said
But they've got nothing on me
I've seen it all before this meddling
I didn't want to be disturbed
And I'll admit I'd be the first
To turn the other way and ignore it all

I don't want to be alone
I'm afraid to be alone
It's so hard to be alone
When you've had love

I'd give my last words to you
for the chance to recoup
A lost moment or fraction of time
I'm lost and at my peak
of insanity
The doors are all shut, they've locked me in

I don't want to be alone
I'm afraid to be alone
It's so hard to be alone
When you've had love

I've hated I've loved I've cried
I've thrown mistakes by the wayside
I've forgiven and forgotten the worst of it all
I've stood on your ground
Picked you up when you've fallen down
I've been by your side when you didn't want anyone else to see you cry

I don't want to be alone
I'm afraid to be alone
It's so hard to be alone
When you've had love

Discography

Loving You, Loving Me
2005 - Chelsea Bridge Records

Simple Life EP
2003 - Independant

Swing Into Christmas (Peters Drury Quartet)
2004 - Independant

Hot Air - Volume 3 compilation CD, 2002 (CBC)

Backbeat (Peters Drury Quartet)
2001 - Independant

Truly Something Best of the CBC True North Concerts, compilation, 2001, (CBC)

Summertime compilation CD, 2000 (Forward Music Ltd.)

When Old Met New (Peters Drury Quartet)
1999 - Independant

Set List

Typical theater set - 90 minutes

Club sets - timed for audience/presenter preference/seatings

Original Songs:
(All Songs Written By Caroline Drury, Rick Kilburn and Miles Black)

One In A Million
If I'd Known
Simple Life
Hey You
Let's Just Stay Inside
Playtime
Alone
I wouldn't Say No
No Time For Trouble
Loving you, Loving Me

Jazz Standards:

Answer Me My Love
All My Life
All Or Nothing At All - Attman/Lawrence
Alone Together
Autumn Leaves
Beautiful Love - Victor Young
Black Orpheus
Centerpiece - Lambert/Hendricks/Ross
Come Rain or Come Shine - Mercer/Arlen
Don't Explain - Holliday/Herzog Jr.
Devil May Care
Do It Again
Estate
Fever
Fly Me To The Moon - Bart Howard
God Bless the Child - Holliday/Herzog Jr.
Gentle Rain - Louis Bonfi
HoneySuckle Rose
How Deep Is The Ocean? - Irving Berlin
How Insensitive - Antonio Carlos Jobim
I Thought About You
I Ain't Got Nothin' But The Blues
If I Were A Bell - Frank Loesser
Is You Is Or Is You Ain't My Bab