Coral Egan
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Coral Egan


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The best kept secret in music


"Globe and Mail"

She has been noticed. For once, the media have stolen a step on the music industry. Egan's singing, not the publicist, is generating attention. Those blue eyes don't hurt... - Mark Miller

"Montreal Gazette"

A gentle sensitivity, an airy touch to a ballad, and rounded phrasing are the qualities of Montreal vocalist Coral Egan... - Irwin Block

"Cantos Cadre"

The Montreal jazz singer has been wowing audiences and critics alike ever since 2002's The Path Of Least Resistance, a sublime medley of jazz standards performed with guitarist Alex Cattaneo. Egan, whose influences include Joni Mitchell and Stivie Wonder, is now making her solo debut with My Favorite Distraction, an album of all-original material which she describes as "not jazz to most ears." - Andy Lee

"Montreal Gazette"

She (Coral) sang professionally for the first time at the Montreal International Jazz Festival when she was 11. Egan joined her mother (Karen Young) singing a Brazilian song a cappella. - Donna Nebenzahl

"Le journal de Montreal"

Dans un univers a' des annees-lumiere de celui de Reeves, armee d'un voix claire comme un source de montagne, Egan a affiche ses pretensions internationales avec un trio en trois langues: une Moondance de Van Morrison aerienne au possible, une livraison de A Felicidade de Jobim tout en douceur et le premier succes de Gainsbourg, Le Poinconeurdes Lilas, avec vitalite et energie. - Phillipe Rezzonico

"All About Jazz Italia"

(The Path Of Least Resistance)
Il risultato complessivo è un album che affascina subito, non solo i jazzofili, probabilmente anche chi è poco avvezzo a questo tipo di suoni resterà colpito dalla voce e dalla chitarra così originale - rispetto a quello che passa per le stazioni radio di solito - dei due musicisti.
- Vittorio Lo Conte

"Le Soleil"

La musique, elle l'a dans la peau, Coral Egan. Professionnellement et genetiquement. "Plus par amour que par ambition", precise-t-elle. - Pierre Boulet

"La Presse"

Naissance d'une voix:
Le plus bel accomplissement de Coral Egan sur ce premier album ou elle fait figure de chanteuse principale, c'est l'originalite' de sa voix...
- Alain Brunet


The Path Of Least Resistance - 2003
My Favorite Distraction - 2004


Feeling a bit camera shy


With a voice that glistens like a snowflake caught on a spider’s web in the late winter sun, warmed by a quilt of meandering musical threads that envelope even the most weary music fan, Coral Egan may well be Canada’s next international diva-in-waiting. Known predominantly in Quebec as a jazz vocalist, the release of My Favorite Distraction will serve as a captivating introduction for mainstream audiences to this beautiful and talented artist.
Jazz, R&B, folk, pop, soul, reggae - Coral has explored them all, and it is that eclectic approach to music that has shaped the sounds found on My Favorite Distraction (Justin Time Records). Hers is a unique, hybrid style, accented by bittersweet melodies and a certain solemnity, but lifted by a healthy dose of humour and observation. The songs are incredibly personal, with lyrics that have something to say, and although rooted in her jazz heritage, Coral incorporates such a mélange of sounds on her first original recording that it makes it difficult to pigeonhole her to a particular musical genre.

Produced by longtime collaborator Charles Papasoff, whom Coral met when she was 16 and has worked with ever since, and recorded in Montreal’s Studio Frisson, My Favorite Distraction is in every way Coral’s project and demonstrates her completeness as an artist. Coral wrote the lyrics, composed the music, participated in the arrangements and played both piano and guitar on the album. Although taking the leap to recording her own material came with some trepidation, she wholly embraced the process. “It’s definitely the most challenging thing I’ve done,” she claims, which is saying something when you consider that she has performed at the Montreal Jazz Festival, recorded a Jazz Box special for Musique Plus, and is a top-flight player on the Quebec Sr. beach volleyball tour. “People hearing me as a singer-songwriter is a lot more terrifying than people hearing me as a jazz singer.”

Her longtime association with Papasoff and his understanding of her needs as an artist was both a comfortable and reassuring element in the studio. “Charles did a wonderful job of letting me find the styles and the colours that I wanted for the songs,” Coral states. “Neither of us had done anything like this project before so it was very much new territory and every day we were learning. We didn’t want to limit ourselves, and I’m not sure we would have known how to.”

Unlike her first album, the 2002 Juno-nominated collection of jazz standards entitled The Path Of Least Resistance that was also recorded by Papasoff and completed in essentially a couple of weeks, the recording process for My Favorite Distraction ran from May-September 2003, including six-weeks of pre-production and nearly two months recording time. Many of the songs that would eventually appear on the album were drafted during the pre-production sessions, allowing for greater input from the musicians she worked with on the album.

Working with a core group comprised of respected Montreal musicians Gilbert Fredette on drums, Remy Malo on bass guitar, and Guy Kaye on guitar, the songs were recorded digitally through an analog board, to give the final outcome “as organic a feel as possible,” Coral explains, and rather than treat individual tracks as a part of the project, they approached every song as its own entity, using the vocal and melodies to link the pieces.

“We worked on each song in respect to its nature and didn’t necessarily focus on the continuity of the entire thing. Charles allowed me the room, the time and the space to really choose what I wanted for each song. I’m very easily influenced by the people I work with and he knows that so he really tried to give me the opportunity to get what I wanted to out of each song.”

Although the inevitable comparisons to other artists expanding the reach of jazz-based music - Diana Krall, Norah Jones, Sade to name a few – are likely to be made, Coral is comfortable with the connection. “If I’m going to be related to them, if I’m going to be brought into the pop world by association, and because the music’s accessible enough, then I will consider myself extremely lucky. It’s not something that you can anticipate with this kind of album.”

Growing up around music and the industry, it is not surprising her path has led Coral to this point. The daughter of well-known Quebec singer-songwriter-arranger Karen Young, who, while best known for her jazz recordings, over her career has increasingly incorporated a mélange of sounds from around the globe, creating an diverse and constantly evolving style of music. Coral drifted into music naturally, or as she puts it, “I always did it by interest and occasion.” She began singing occasionally with her mother in concert when she was only 11 years old, and was performing on her own by 16, but it would be more than a decade after her initial taste of stage life before she would see the inside of a recording studio for the first tim