Torch Songs, an album that literally came out of a dream


Photo: Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra

Canadian singer Julie Nesrallah has always wanted to record a jazz album, but has never had the opportunity to do so.

“Fever,” “Peel Me a Grape,” and “My Funny Valentine” are just some of the songs performed tonight by Nesrallah and the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra.

The collaboration was a dream come true for Nesrallah and just a dream for SSO CEO Mark Turner.

“It all started with a dream, literally. Mark Turner wrote to me one day and said, 'I dreamed about you singing some Torch songs and it was incredible.'”

When he woke up, he texted her and told her that they were going to do the project.

Nesrallah says the couple spent several years selecting songs and arranging them to be suitable for orchestra. She says singing in front of an orchestra is exciting and she can't wait to perform at the Remai Arts Centre.

“We performed it once and recorded it and now we're on the other side waiting for the album to be edited and finished.” She herself does not know the title of the album or the exact release date, but she states that the album will be released later this summer.

“I've always wanted to do something like this, and as a solo artist, unless you have a ton of money in the bank, you have to wait for the right time or the right opportunity to make something like this happen.”