Born: May 12, 1968
Born in Montreal, John Labelle has been a jazz fan for as long as he can remember. From an early age, he listened to the great big band vocalists, including Tony Bennett, Mel Torme, Rosemary Clooney; and, of course, Frank Sinatra, who would later become one of his greatest influences.
To be close to the music he loved, Labelle landed a job at the famous Biddle's Jazz and Ribs nightclub, an institution in Montreal for the last twenty years. Working there, Labelle came into contact with some of Montreal's finest musicians whom he listened to and learned from. He quickly gained a reputation for knowing all the lyrics, and could often be heard singing along with the evening's performers...
Last Time I Was Here
One of Canada's top crooners, John Labelle's fourth CD, Last Time I Was Here, is filled with selections that his fans enjoy. A lot of the songs on this recent recording, says the singer, such as 'Mack The Knife,' 'Beyond The Sea' and 'Strangers In The Night,' are songs that people request of me all the time. For the new project I decided to perform numbers that most people are familiar with and want to hear. I wanted this to be primarily a record with nice songs and one that listeners will derive pleasure from.
John Labelle's goals for Last Time I Was Here were previously achieved in his three earlier recordings...