The Canadian singer and pianist Elizabeth Shepherd is one of the musicians who, despite the fact that she plays conventional jazz, is still busy extending the boundaries of the genre. Shepherd grew up surrounded by the marching band music of the Salvation Army and she later developed a love of house, disco, hip-hop and classical music. At the conservatory she studied jazz piano and developed a style in which you can hear influences of many music genres. There are no secrets on her recent CD Parkdale. The singer-pianist has always found it strange that we almost never talk about the innermost thoughts that make us who we are, while the trivialities of everyday life slip effortlessly into conversation. To break this taboo, with Parkdale Shepherd has made a turbulent, emotional album, both musically and in terms of lyrics.