Witness Ember Swift Live in Australia 2005
With her jazz-steeped, acoustic punk stylings, and an astonishing seven recordings under her belt on her own independent 'Few'll Ignite Sound' label, Ember Swift continues to solidify her reputation as one of Canada's truly substantial artists. Among other recent honors, Ember was voted as Toronto's vocalist of 2001 by the readers of NOW magazine. She was also selected as one of ten artists to participate in a special concert tribute to Joni Mitchell at the International World Leaders Conference, where Ember's performance received high praise, including a rave review from Ms. Mitchell's official web site. As well as being a highly accomplished musician, performer and composer, who successfully runs her own business, Ember is well known as a committed activist. Her credibility for insightful social commentary was recognized when she was asked by MP Bill Graham (now Canada's Minister for Foreign Affairs) to submit a brief to the parliamentary commission examining the country's post September 11th security legislation. A genuinely compelling and uncompromising performer, Ember and her band have toured extensively throughout North America and Australia, averaging nearly 200 shows per year. And as can be testified to by her devoted following, an Ember Swift show promises a rockin' good time, with sheer fun as important an ingredient as her extraordinary voice and unflinching lyrics. Native of both Burlington, Ontario (Canada) and Woodstock, Ontario (Canada), and now a resident of Dalkeith, Ember is a self-taught guitarist and percussionist, as well as a trained pianist. Ember Swift is best described as a brilliant jazz vocalist inhabiting the body of an alternative-folk singer-songwriter.