Laila Biali

Laila Biali

Making Concordia University Irvine one of just two stops in California on her Album Release Tour, Laila Biali hosted a clinic for our students, followed by a private concert featuring songs from her self-titled album.

Award-winning Canadian singer-songwriter and pianist Laila Biali melds "traditional jazz with contemporary pop so effortlessly that neither style seems out of place on the same record” (Spinner Magazine). Sought after for tours with GRAMMY-winning artists Chris Botti, Paula Cole, Suzanne Vega, and Sting, Laila has also headlined festivals and venues spanning five continents including Carnegie Hall. In 2016, Laila was a featured performer at the first-ever global TEDSummit. Her studio recording, Tracing Light, received a JUNO nomination for “Best Vocal Jazz Album of the Year”, and her follow-up, Live in Concert, was named one of the “Best Albums of 2013” by DownBeat Magazine. In September of 2017, Laila became the host of CBC Radio’s national show, Saturday Night Jazz. Her new self-titled album released on January 26, 2018.

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Shari Short

Shari Short

Singer. Songwriter. CEO.

On October 22, 2019, Multi Platinum singer-songwriter Shari Short joined us for a special evening in the newly dedicated Borland-Manske Center. She has worked with and written for Miley Cyrus, Jessica Simpson, Ariana Grande, Rita Ora, Sofia Reyes, Anitta, Marshmello, Joe Jonas, Rita Wilson, Danielle Bradbury, and Brett Young. Shari also toured with Demi Lovato and fronts her own band, 3 One Oh. In addition, Shari runs her own management company and is the CEO of indie record label, RMG, where she recently signed Michelle Williams from Destiny’s Child.


Adam Watts

Adam Watts

Songwriter. Artist. Producer. Author.

On November 8, 2019, Adam Watts will be joining us for a candid conversation about the music industry, building a career as a creative, and maintaining health, balance, and integrity as an artist. Watts has contributed to albums that have sold over 50 million albums copies world-wide, including songs for the Walt Disney company, High School Musical, Demi Lovato, Miley Cyrus, Jess McCartney, Kelly Clarkson, Switchfoot, and more.

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