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Nelly Furtado’s Hit Re-recorded in Celebration of Honey Jam’s 15th Anniversary

hemPhat Entertainment Group will celebrate the 15th anniversary of Honey Jam, Canada’s longest running all-female showcase for musicians and artists from all genres, backgrounds and different parts of the country. The show takes place at 8:00 p.m. inside the Mod Club (722 College Street, Toronto) – see

To mark the show’s milestone, in honour of their 15th anniversary and as a tribute to their most well known alumni Nelly Furtado, Honey Jam artists have recorded I’m Like a Bird. The song is available for purchase on itunes. Proceeds will be split between YWCA Toronto programs for Women and girls and funding for Honey Jam initiatives.

Why Nelly’s song? In 1997, Nelly Furtado performed at Honey Jam where she met her current manager Chris Smith. Nelly is now a global star who has sold millions of albums worldwide and will be inaugurated into Canada’s Walk of Fame this fall. She has also given back to Honey Jam by becoming a sponsor through her company Nelstar Entertainment.

You can take a listen to the track on the youtube clip below which features photos of the artists in studio on the night of the recording:

The song will be performed as the finale at the showcase on Sunday.

Producer Michael Sonier says: “The objective was to do I’m Like A Bird, but with a Honey Jam twist. I wanted to go for a more soulful and R&B vibe which led to co-producer Jon Adediji incorporating some warm instruments into the arrangement. Because Honey Jam is all about a mix of genres, founder Ebonnie Rowe suggested we add steel pan and placed us in contact with an incredible player named Joy Lapps who is also a Honey Jam Alumni. We had to turn this project around in just a week’s time which would not have been possible without such talented artists. You hear the real deal, the real voices of these ladies. There was no auto tune or modification, just pure talent.”

Vocalists on the song include:

Qwyn Charter Kyla Charter Keisha Leisha
Liya True Daley Karen Jules
REvived Sly Violet Elyse Saunders

Steel Pan by Joy Lapps

Guitar: Kyla Charter, Sly Violet

Producers Michael Sonier and Jonathan Adediji
Studio Time generously donated by Harris Institute for the Arts
Mastering generously donated by Tim Branton of João Carvalho Mastering

Artwork by Ashley McKenzie of VividBeautyDesigns

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