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Anita Canada Music



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Over the years, Anita Canada has mesmerized audiences with a contralto range that adds jazzy urban folk, funk, and fusion to the most memorable standards of yesteryear and modern-day classics, leaving you wanting a little extra for the road. Bottom-line, Anita surrenders her soul to the words of a song, conveying its deepest depth of motion and meaning.

Raised in Seattle, Washington, Anita was introduced at an early age to five specific genres of music by her father, the late Charles Paul Canada -- the afro beat sensations of Fela Kuti, the swinging blues of Bessie Smith, the folk rock of Bob Dylan, the passionate jazz of Billie Holiday, and the reggae rhythms of Bob Marley -- all of which have impacted her evolving jazz versions.

Anita has shared her contralto vocals throughout Metropolitan Atlanta, which includes Riley’s on the Square, Café 290, Jazz on the Lawn, FirstFridays in Norcross, Jazz in the Alley, and a year-long run of acoustic jazz and spoken word performances at Marlee’s Coffee & Tea House, where she packed the house to a tune of 75 patrons per month. She recently delivered stellar performances in Seattle at the historic Esquire Club, backed by the highly acclaimed Goody Bagg Band, and at the city’s Bake's Place, where natives go for their weekly dose of All Things Jazz!

Anita contributed background and lead vocals on the soundtrack for Waiting for the Rainbows of Life, a musical stage play channeling the journey of the modern Christian woman, and she provided background vocals for three selections on the solo project of contemporary Christian artist, Candace Devaney, entitled Journey. Anita is an active member and lead acapella singer at Campus Church, and is excited about the start of her solo project featuring her songwriting finesse and selections by friend, mentor, composer and songwriter, the late Benjamin Wicker … coming your way soon, so stay tuned!

Guess you didn't know...

-Stage 3 breast cancer survivor
-College instructor of communication
-Clark Atlanta University Mass Communications graduate
-Former higher education executive, communications consultant, and voice-over artist
-Avid and accomplished fly-fisher woman
-Missionary in Mexico since 2015, adding Greece in 2018

They said, what?

'A true contralto who delivers strong vocal ranges that are jazzy, soulful and sultry – combined with a classic diva cutting edge, and a place of neo soul.' – Chopping It Up Chef and Former Owner of Ziggy’s Jazz & Blues, Derwin Jackson

'An absolute force of nature on stage! You had the crowd in the palm of your hands! Don’t keep the public waiting so long for another performance!' – Percussionist, Kenito Murray

'Your performance and captivating vocals at Riley’s on the Square was the best to date! You had the audience engaged and responding to whatever you asked of them, as if they were a part of the vibe -- a very natural gift. We anxiously await your next show of authentic soul binding enchanted jazz!' – Owner of Riley’s on the Square, Beverly Riley

Art Name: Anita Canada
Category: Musician
Location: Suwanee Town Center Park
330 Town Center Avenue
Suwanee, GA 30024
A true contralto who delivers strong vocal ranges that are jazzy, soulful and sultry -- combined with a classic diva cutting edge and a splash of neo soul.

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