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First Play Live: Merna, Sans

Reuben Maan

Merna released her new EP, Sans, earlier this summer, and CBC Music invited her to perform some of those new tunes for you.

The Toronto-based musician has worked with some heavyweight producers on previous projects — including DJ Jazzy Jeff, Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Doc McKinney — but for this latest recording, she's stripped back the ornamentation as well as the production help, hence the title Sans. The seven new tunes are written mostly on piano and really highlight Merna's gorgeous voice.

For Merna's CBC Music session, Mike Shand was on piano with Rich Grossman on guitar, adding the necessary musical sensitivity that the singer's songs demand. Watch them play three new songs as well as "A Little More" from Merna's previous album, The Calling.

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