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Audrey Saparno

Audrey Saparno

Audrey Saparno is a singer-songwriter born and raised in Ottawa. Her warm and powerful vocals accompanied by her acoustic guitar weave a soulful sound to her folk-style songs. Songwriting lets her share her stories from a Canadian Muslim woman perspective. Her lyrics vary from stories of women empowerment, to spiritual love, to finding hope through life’s challenges. Musical influences include Dawud Wharnsby, Lynn Miles and Joni Mitchell whereas her voice has been compared to that of Jane Siberry and Sarah McLachlan.

Audrey has performed on various Ottawa stages, including In the Acoustic Cafe series of RedBird Live (July 2023), In Our Tongues event at ClubSaw Gallery for Asian Heritage month 2022, Westfest (2019), CityFolk’s Marvest (2018), Inspirational Village for Canada150 (2017), Ottawa Grass Roots Festival (2017), JUNOfest (2017) and OntarioScene Songwriter’s Circle (2015) of the NAC. Last September 2022, she performed in Toronto for the 40th anniversary gala for the Canadian Council of Muslim Women. She has also opened for international musicians, including the Firdaus Ensemble, a folk/spiritual band from Andalusia, Spain and for Baraka Blue, a spoken word artist out of Seattle USA.

Her latest single, Butterflies was released in May 2022 which she recorded with Jim Bryson/Fixed Hinge Studio, Stittsville. She is currently working on her full length album to follow her debut EP, Beauty Inside of 2016. Her upcoming singles, Bill21 and No1 Fan are set to be released this fall of 2023.

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