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Calgary Jazz Singer Wins at the Barbados Music Awards

Calgary, AB – January 11, 2006 – CiCi, an internationally renowned jazz singer from Barbados now living in Calgary, has won an award at the Barbados Music Awards. CiCi was honored with the Cornerstone Award for her contributions to the Barbados music industry.

The first annual Barbados Music Awards were held at the Sherbourne Conference Centre in Bridgetown, Barbados on January 8, 2006. This event, produced by Timeless Barbados Entertainment Agency, is a signal to the world the rise of Barbados’ music industry. The awards are similar to Canada’s Juno Awards or the U.S. Grammy Awards.

CiCi was unable to attend the gala event in Barbados and accepting her award was her son Troy Arthur, also a notable local singer. When asked to comment on her award, CiCi stated “I would to give thanks to the late Ernie Small, Mike Sealy, and Ebe Gilkes for their musical guidance and inspiration. I would also like to thank Sue Walcott of the Waterfront Café for her continued support for my career.”

This sultry and soulful singer, often compared to Sarah Vaughan, had performed at the finest venues in Barbados for more than 25 years before coming to Calgary. Previously, CiCi had earned a Music Service Award from the Barbados Tourism Authority in 2004 for her contribution to music on the island.

The Barbadian jazz and blues singer has recently relocated to Calgary from her native Barbados. She is currently rehearsing with her new band, and is expected to showcase her captivating and passionate vocal performances at some of the best live jazz venues in western Canada this summer.

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