Avery started in the entertainment industry when she was just 7 years old, having acted in various films, television, radio and animation projects as well as having performed in a number of professional stage musicals across Canada over the years.
Her passion for singing quickly grew, and has led to an impressive list of career accomplishments on her musical resume.
Released in early 2016, Avery’s debut album “Life Lessons”, featured both standards and fresh jazz-inflected interpretations of pop songs from the ‘60s, ‘70s, and ‘80s, and was nominated for ‘Jazz Recording of the Year’ at the 2016 Hamilton Music Awards. The album has received critical acclaim and airplay on major stations across the country including CBC Radio One and Jazz.FM91.
Avery Raquel has garnered numerous vocal awards over the years, and has excelled on the festival circuit too, delivering winning performances at Oakville, Brantford, TD Niagara, and South Coast Jazz Festivals and sharing the stage with the likes of Matt Dusk, Lou Pomanti, June Garber, and other prominent Canadian artists.
Avery has also taken the stage at some famed New York City clubs including Birdland, as well as top Toronto venues The Jazz Bistro, Koerner Hall, Lula Lounge and Hugh’s Room, to name a few.
She has earned audience acclaim, critical kudos and peer respect as a vocalist of rare talent, and is now poised to write an exciting new chapter in her developing success story, this time as a songwriter.
“…Her depth of understanding in interpreting classic songs is astonishing in one her age. If she is showing this level of talent at fifteen there are no limits to how far she can go.”
- David Clayton-Thomas
“…from the second she opened her mouth, I realized I was in the company of a budding new talent. Her sound belies her years…”
- Lou Pomanti
“…A young fresh approach…delivered with the strength and confidence of a seasoned veteran. People get ready, Avery Raquel is on her way…”
- Don Graham, Cash Box Canada
“…while other talented kids her age are belting Taylor Swift ditties, she’s swinging…with great style, musicality and confidence. The heard-it-all crowd at Birdland was besotted!
- Jim Caruso, Host/Cast Party, Birdland, NYC