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Irene Atman is an internationally, critically-acclaimed Canadian singer who learned her remarkable craft performing with some of the top jazz musicians in New York, Toronto and Tokyo, as well as touring international jazz festivals around the world.

Irene is gifted with a world class voice, dynamic range and impeccable phrasing, along with an enticing melodic and sultry style. Irene seamlessly blends the essence of jazz with pop influences - breaking down musical genre barriers - resonating with jazz enthusiasts and adult contemporary music fans alike.

Irene Atman remains relatively unknown outside jazz circles - this is about to all change with her first crossover jazz/pop record, a showcase for her cool sophistication and timeless elegance.


'Because I'm a Woman' features six new original songs written by Irene, along with her take on material by songwriters and artists that she loves, including a tribute to three of London's swinging 60's iconic female singers.

Irene Atman is on the horizon of becoming the next global singing sensation to come out of Canada with her new album appropriately titled 'Because I'm a Woman'.

Atman has a voice that was divined to sing jazz, just as assuredly as was Tony Bennett, Shirley Bassey or any other vocalist born with the timeless elegance that Atman possesses. She has a voice that can make the hardest soul melt in her lap"

-- Jazz Review, Susan Frances.

While attending the University of Toronto, Irene Atman began her career as the lead vocalist with the Stan Hiltz Orchestra. "One of the greatest things about singing with this big band was working with some of the best musicians in the world - greats like Moe Koffman and Sam Noto. I learned a lot from just listening to these guys."

Soon after, as word traveled quickly through the jazz community, Irene was invited to perform with other jazz luminaries like the Boss Brass, Guido Basso and Oscar Peterson alumni, Dave Young and Terry Clarke. Early career highlights included an appearance on the same bill as Tony Bennett and Luciano Pavarotti. 

"My greatest inspiration as a child came from my father's old record collection stored in a box in the fruit cellar. I listened to the music of Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Frank Sinatra, Peggy Lee and popular singers like Petula Clark and Dusty Springfield. All of the greats".  

Atman connected with her friend and pianist Danny McErlain and produced her self-titled independent debut CD. The ‘live-off-the-floor’ studio session consisted of her interpretation of eleven time-honored classics from the Great American Songbook. Even without the promotional support of a record label, she still managed to use her advertising savvy to generate some buzz, especially amongst the jazz media who lavished her with praise.

A Tour de Force! Why can’t more vocalists create magic like this! Love It!” Barry O’Sullivan. BLU FM 89.1 Australia.

Inspired by the city that never sleeps, Atman relocated to New York. Backed by some of the finest jazz musicians on the New York scene, she recorded a session one afternoon that became her second independent CD titled - “ New York Rendezvous,” a collection of her interpretations of the softer side of jazz. Upon its release, Irene Atman was being hailed as one of the finest jazz singers around.


'Because I'm a Woman' is Irene's forthcoming album produced in Toronto in collaboration with Glenn Morley (Composer/Musical Director/Arranger), and Bruce Barrow (Executive/Record Producer). Because I'm a Woman  2019 ©  


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