Former Wyrd Sister and Juno nominee Lianne Fournier is many things: singer/songwriter, jazz musician, composer, recording artist, and music educator. She has performed with many individuals and ensembles at various venues throughout North America. Her composition portfolio includes pieces written for big band and vocal ensembles of various sizes. She has written and/or performed with The Wyrd Sisters, The World Village Gospel Choir, The Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra, Camerata Nova, The Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, The University of Manitoba Women’s Chorus, The Mennonite Festival Chorus and Paradigm Brass and her former group Trivocals, an innovative jazz ensemble she founded in 1992. She continues to perform in various combos of ensembles and vocal groups, from duos to choirs, showcasing her incredible talent as a vocal improviser, composer and as a singer/songwriter.
In early 2018, Lianne Fournier released her first solo album, "The Gift", a compilation of 10 original compositions. She created a unique fusion of folk, blues, jazz and funk. These songs have been written over a span of 20 years, stemming from her insights of the natural world to profound love songs. Fournier’s voice and creativity are evident on every track. She has teamed up with multi-award winning producer Don Benedictson and award-winning musicians, Murray Pulver, Daniel Roy, Gilles Fournier and Marc Arnould, (a.k.a. Ego Spank). This creative ensemble has produced an inspired combination of exceptional and distinctive sounds. The melodies, harmonies, and arrangements are refreshingly sophisticated. Fournier’s meaningful lyrics reflect her philosophical point of view and passion for life. Her catchy songs, combined with the band’s infectious grooves, invoke clarity of thought and powerful imagery.
In July 2018, Lianne performed her song, Love Will never Let You Down, with the World Village Gospel Choir for the St Boniface Cathedral 200th Anniversary. The concert was recorded and broadcast by Radio Canada. In June 2014, she performed back up vocals on Stairway to Heaven with members of the World Village Gospel Choir for Heart at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg. In February 2012, Lianne once again performed with the Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra with renowned saxophonist Christine Jensen. The group performed one of Lianne’s compositions Educology and her big band arrangement of They Can’t Take That Away From Me. In May, 2010 Lianne collaborated with Janice Finlay and Michelle Grégoire for the Jazz Winnipeg series Nu Sounds at the Park Theatre featuring a variety of her original compositions. In May 2008, Lianne was commissioned by Camerata Nova for their sold-out Off the Wall concert, resulting in the creation of two wonderfully written contrasting pieces, Oh Zannah and There’s Still Time. Her songs and performance received rave reviews. In June of 2008 she was asked to perform Joni Mitchell’s song Coyote for a recreation of The Last Waltz at the West End Cultural Centre in Winnipeg, once again impressing the sold out audience. Lianne recorded and toured with The Wyrd Sisters from 1992-1999. The two albums she recorded with them, “Raw Voice” and “Inside the Dreaming”, were nominated for Best roots/Traditional Albums at the 1998 and 1996 Juno Awards.
Over the years, Lianne’s formidable talent has brought her to the forefront of the Winnipeg music scene. In whatever she undertakes, she is an engaging performer and a compelling songwriter.