“My passion lies in melding together the old and the new. Engaging in different musical traditions and styles drives me to craft and share my own music….to share more of myself, in a creative role that leads to a deep connection with other artists and of course, the listener.” – Erin Cooper Gay
ERIN COOPER GAY, a singer “with a seductively warm, lyric quality” is a remarkably versatile and spirited musician. A real affinity for collaboration compels her to seek out other artists from different genres who want to break ground and create new sound worlds.
A professional french horn player from the age of 19, having made her solo debut with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Erin draws upon her eclectic background to inform her singing style. Working as a session movie and gaming soundtrack player, as principal horn for the latest Toronto production of Les Misérables, and appearing with the orchestras of Seattle, Cleveland, Vancouver, National Arts Centre, Oregon Bach Festival and for the last ten years, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, has paved the way for Erin to hone her skills as a kind of musical craftsman.
Along came the discovery of her desire to sing providing a new pathway for expression…
While still performing as Acting Utility Horn with the Toronto Symphony, she completed an Artist’s Diploma in Voice at the University of Toronto focusing on Early Music. What followed was a busy time of engagements owed, kicking off with her vocal debut as “Kate Middleton” in the Toronto Symphony Orchestra’s Last Night of the Proms in 2011, her American recital debut with the Madison Bach Players, multiple recitals in Toronto, and a solo feature with the Canton Symphony Orchestra, where she was previously principal horn. A”double threat”, she toured Europe with Bernard Labadie’s Violons du Roy on horn and then sang in his Chapelle de Québec at Carnegie Hall. An avid chamber musician, Erin has been soprano in residence at the Scotiabank Northern Lights Festival in Ajijic, Mexico for the past 3 years, exploring new genres with the Attacca Quartet, pianist Jamie Parker, flautist Susan Hoeppner, pianist Angela Park, Richard Underhill Jazz Quartet, and with the festival orchestra.
Erin’s debut album, Black Market, is a fusion of renaissance/baroque and current indie music. Produced by jazz violinist and arranger Drew Jurecka, Erin has brought together a roster of brilliant musicians to explore an exciting new sound.