Jocelyn Barth is one of Canada’s most exciting emerging vocalists. As a jazz singer, Jocelyn is known for her expressiveness, sensitivity and freedom. She delivers a lyric with intention, depth and authenticity while maintaining the playful phrasing that stems from her instinctively instrumentalist-like approach to singing. Jocelyn is featured on critically acclaimed jazz albums The Bitter Suite by The Marie Goudy 12tet, Art of Breath: Volume Two by John MacMurchy, Volume Two and Volume Three by Collective Order, and Muse by The Tiki Collective. Her singing on The Bitter Suite received praise from All About Jazz, The WholeNote, The Jazz Music Blog, Toronto Music Report and textura, and her rendition of Bobby Troup’s ballad “February Brings The Rain” on Art of Breath: Volume Two was called “exquisite” by Cathy Riches at The WholeNote.
Jocelyn’s formidable range and technique and innate musicality have put her in increasing demand in a diverse range of musical settings both as a featured artist and a background singer. She sang on the soundtrack for the award-winning feature film The Witch and has performed and recorded with Canadian music icon Jane Siberry and Inuk throat-singing dynamo Tanya Tagaq. She performed Robert W. Stevenson’s sound poetry score “Cheap Sunglasses” at Harbourfront Centre Theatre for Danceworks’ 40th Anniversary Celebration. She was a featured vocalist interpreting the works of Paul Simon in JAZZ.FM91’s Songwriters Series at Toronto’s historic Hugh’s Room. She has sung in multiple improvisation groups including celebrated bassist-and-producer George Koller’s free-improvisation quartet Victory for Freestyle, as well as vocal octet New Lineage which enjoyed a weekly residency at the Art Gallery of Ontario in June 2016. Jocelyn’s voice can be heard on several critically lauded recordings in the heavy music realm: A haunting choir of her layered vocals comprise the title track of progressive black metal band Thantifaxath’s 2017 EP Void Masquerading as Matter; she harmonizes on the 2020 self-titled LP by progressive grunge band Gargoyl; and she provides the mind-bending vocal solo on the closing track of Ayahuasca’s 2016 album Yin, aptly described by Zach Duvall at Last Rites as “an alternate universe version of “The Great Gig in the Sky” written by Helmet as opposed to Pink Floyd”.
Jocelyn’s most recent collaborations include studio work with pianist Adrean Farrugia and composers Jonathan Kawchuk and Scott Peterson, as well as regular performances with The Marie Goudy Jazz Orchestra, The Marie Goudy Quintet, John MacMurchy’s Art of Breath Ensemble and The Tiki Collective. Jocelyn performs standards and lesser-known gems with her small jazz ensemble and is preparing to release her anticipated debut album, Tell Him I Said Hello, which she co-produced with acclaimed pianist David Restivo.
“So hauntingly beautiful! Jocelyn Barth has the kind of voice that never fails to take you away and always makes you want to come back for more. Her range is off the map, and her poetic interpretations are nothing short of exquisite. She is one major talent!” –Jeanne Beker, Canadian Journalist and Member of the Order of Canada