After nine acclaimed albums and too many tear-it-up live shows to count, Breaking Free is the release that confirms Layla Zoe's status as the pack-leader and standout voicebox of Canadian blues. More than that, this tenth album is set to skyrocket her upward trajectory on the international scene, and build on the momentum of 2013's The Lily (dubbed "thrilling" by The Blues and crowned amongst Downbeat's Best Albums Of The Year).
Long-time fans will be itching to hear Layla's voice on Breaking Free, but for this evolving artist, it's all about the songs. Recorded at Megaphon Tonstudio in Germany, Breaking Free unveils ten originals – plus a stellar cover of the Rolling Stones' "Wild Horses" – that underline the writing chemistry between Layla and guitarist Jan Laacks. "I'm very proud of this album," says Layla. "The songs get stuck in your head, which is usually the sign of a good one. Jan is so talented and really knows me after the last three years on tour."
By turns, Breaking Free is tough and tender, wild and wistful, slipping between the poignant, Hendrix-tinged balladry of "Sweet Angel," the chiming shimmer of "A Good Man" and the title track's slinking rock ‘n' roll groove. With recording engineer Martin Meinschäfer on hand to bottle the magic, the studio band was completed by Gregor Sonnenberg (bass/keys) and Hardy Fischötter (drums/percussion), while the touch of slide-guitar maestro Sonny Landreth on "Wild One" is unmistakable. And as the pen behind "Breaking Free," Layla also reveals herself as a fearless and heartfelt lyricist.