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Errol's Pick

Alice Russell joins a long list of singers from the UK who've put their own stamp on classic American soul, and grabbed ears on this side of the Atlantic. That list includes Adele, Amy Winehouse, Laura Mvula, and Joss Stone. Many of those are household names in North America, but Russell was singing her heart out well before they came along. She has a big voice, one that's capable of giving you goosebumps whether she's singing a capella or fronting a six-piece or 16-piece band. This morning, we played tracks from "To Dust", an album she released earlier this year. Russell calls her music "raw, emotional electro-soul". Russell plays at The Garrison in Toronto on Friday, and given her reputation for giving shows that have been called emotionally fiery, I highly recommend seeing her.

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