Biography

Biographie_photoAfter her variouus tours in Canada, Europe and the United -Staes, Dominica Merola has released  her new album Bohémienne de cœur (Gypsy soul) in march 2015 as a result of her work with Montreal’s well renowed Producer Sylvain Michel.  All the songs are new creations:  she created the musical environment and the words are provides by well known french speaking writters.

Dominica embodies fiery Mediterranean passion. “This singer possesses a pure sensual, profound voice with a breathtaking range, which makes her a unique performer. She is a modern bohemian who travels through music and feelings.” (Radio-Canada, translated)

Since 2011, the quality of her piano-voice performances has charmed audiences in Canada, the United States and Europe.

Singer, songwriter and pianist, Dominica Merola is a Quebecer of Italian origin whose passion for the piano began at the tender age of six. The daughter of a painter/sculptor father and actress mother, her destiny as an artist seemed a certainty from birth. After studying piano and voice at Montreal’s L’école de musique Vincent-D’Indy, she completed her artistic training in theatrical performance.

Her first solo show Une voix, un voyage… (One Voice, A Journey), presented at Studio-Théâtre at Montreal’s Place des Arts was followed by a very successful tour of the Maisons de la Culture in Montreal and across the province. Dominica reconnected with her Italian roots in her second solo show De Campobasso à toi (From Campobasso to you) staged by Robert Marien. She has also performed at several major events including: Les Rencontres Francophones de la chanson à Salon de Provence (Salon de Provence Francophone Song Festival) (France), Coup de Cœur Francophone (Francophone Favourites), and the Festival Francophone à Toronto (Toronto Francophone Music Festival).

En 2006, Dominica launched her first album, Les signes du désir , for which she wrote most of the music, in collaboration with the authors Roger Tabra, Pierre Huet, Frédérick Baron, Jean-Guy Prince and Vincenzo Thoma. “Dominica Merola, a very warm voice, a velvety voice with a touch of timelessness. The disk is a beautiful musical object… Dominica is well worth discovering.” (Catherine Perrin, Radio-Canada, translated).

Her second album “Appassionata” on the Audience de Fidelio Musique label and distributed by Naxos was released in November 2010. Produced by Luc Boivin, musical director of an extremely popular variety program in Quebec, who noticed Dominica’s intense presence among other guests during the taping of a show. Guided by Luc Boivin, Dominica chose songs from the popular modern Italian repertoire, her own compositions in French and Italian, as well as popular Quebec songs translated into Italian. Her song- writing collaborators included Sandrine Roy, Vincenzo Thoma, Viano. Dominica was responsible for arranging the vocal harmonies in several songs and the arrangements are the result of a creative in-studio process involving Dominica (piano), Luc Boivin (percussion), Pierre Côté (guitars and
mandolins) and Pierre Grimard (keyboard and accordion). The album was enthusiastically received by both audiences and critics alike and enabled Dominica to tour across Quebec, the United States and Europe.

Besides her tours and recordings, Dominica regularly appears in benefit concerts as well as on radio and television. She wrote the music for the song “Laisse-moi y croire” that she sings on the CD Un enfant, une vie and she also created and sang the theme song “Laisse-toi bercer” for the Relais pour la vie à Chambly, organized by the Canadian Cancer Society.