It’s been quite a rush for Stacey Kaniuk, the Toronto-based singer/songwriter who’s music career flourished at age 22 when she was awarded a Gold record for her work with the harmony-driven pop trio Take Three, had two songs with the group reach No.1 on the charts, and by that time had already played some Toronto’s most prestigious venues. Now working on her career as a solo artist, she wants to do it all over again! Stacey calls her sound “soulful pop,” and the combination of a powerful and soulful voice and a writing style that fuses strong melody and emotionally eloquent lyrics is a potent one. Classic soul and Rn’B has long been Stacey’s primary passion, but her list of inspirations and influences ranges from Liszt and Chopin through to James Brown, Donny Hathaway, Aretha Franklin, Dave Matthews and the Beatles.
Stacey started writing at age 16, and her first recording experience came with “By All Means You,” an original song produced by Justin Hines when Stacey was in her first year at university. She states: “That’s when I fell in love with the studio experience and the whole recording process – the way it can really bring people together through the exchange of ideas. I realized that if you’re lucky enough to have the right studio, the right people, and the right environment, the experience can be amazing and so rewarding.”
While still at school, her prodigious vocal talent shone in Take Three, a pop/R&B vocal trio signed to Universal Music and dedicated to giving classic Christmas tunes a fresh twist. In fact, Stacey is the proud owner of a Gold record, thanks to their participation in the best-selling Canadian Christmas compilation (alongside the likes of Jann Arden, Ron Sexsmith and Barenaked Ladies). The group also released their own album, Home For Christmas, and two of its songs. www.staceykaniuk.com