Singer-songwriter-pianist Jeffery Straker is as much a talented storyteller via his lyrics as he is an accomplished musician. After taking in one of his recent performances the Calgary Herald wrote:
“A classically-trained pianist with an innate sense of how to hold an audience in the palm of his hand, he is no less gifted in his ability to write songs buoyed by melodies that fit a listener's ears like a beloved broken-in glove."
His growing fan base has been drawn to the honesty in his lyrics whether he’s chronicling his upbringing in small-town Saskatchewan or tales from his touring life. His audience banter, witty & funny, has been described as ‘very memorable’.
He’s been compared to a wonderful & eclectic array of greats including Harry Chapin, Billy Joel, Harry Nilsson and early Elton John. With over 100 performances a year he criss-crosses Canada and also finds himself at pianos in places like Chile, Peru, and Mexico. On the road he’s at home in rooms ranging from house concerts of 20 to concert halls of 2000 backed by a full symphony orchestra.
Jeffery’s 2012 album ‘Vagabond’ received a glowing and rare 4 out of 4 star review from the Toronto Star while his 2015 release ‘North Star Falling’ debuted at #9 on the iTunes Canada singer-songwriter charts. These releases have seen him booked at festivals across the country. Jeffery’s next album will be released in early 2017 and will no doubt fuel an increasing demand for his live shows.
Originally from small town Saskatchewan, he was raised by a church organist mother and an auctioneer father. He swears he was born under the piano on the family farm.