You Don’t Know What Love Is, the much anticipated debut release from vocalist and composer Angela Wrigley and her trio, is an album of sultry dexterity.
Drawing from jazz standards, rock hits and pop classics, Wrigley, along with Dave Lake on drums and bassist Derek Stoll, has created a body of work that intricately describes the story of love and loss, hope and longing, and what it means to deeply and truly be “in love.”
Lake and Stoll both draw on their own creative influences, revel in their differences and find shared interests, to compliment Wrigley’s compositions and arrangements. Wrigley was destined to be a singer… before she was even born her father said: “I hope she’s a girl and I hope she can sing.”
Delving into musical theatre, pop and jazz classics, she went on to study Vocal Jazz Performance at Mount Royal University, learning voice under Viviane Martin and piano under Sheldon Zandboer. The knowledge and love of music theory she found through the programme began her initiation into song writing, arranging and recording. In 2007 she obtained a diploma in Professional Recording arts from the Art Institute of Burnaby in British Columbia.
After a chance meeting with Lake, in 2016, the two quickly formed a deep and easy friendship rooted in a shared love of music. Joined by Wrigley’s fellow student and friend, Stoll, the trio formed in 2017 and began gigging around Calgary’s jazz scene.
Described by Midwest Record’s Chris Spector as, “a tasty trio that clearly play for the sheer fun of playing”, the collective’s debut release is a dream come true for Wrigley. She says: “I’ve always known it had to be done at the right time, with the right people. There’s really no way I could’ve done this with anybody else except Derek and Dave.”