Hailing from Punnichy, Saskatchewan, Jeffery Straker has been climbing music charts for the last two years. And his upcoming show in Moose Jaw will likely help to continue that trend.
Straker’s piano-driven tunes have been compared to the likes of Elton John and his songwriting capabilities have been likened to both k.d. lang and Rufus Wainwright.
Though he now splits his time between Toronto and his home province, Straker said he owes a lot to his upbringing in rural Saskatchewan.
“I had a local music teacher and my mom and dad were able to put me in lessons when I was like six. I liked it,” he said. “But I was lucky, in a small town, to have a teacher like that.”
After travelling to Europe for a classical music diploma, and subsequently dropping music as a career, Straker obtained a degree in plant biology. But, again after moving to Toronto about 10 years ago, he delved into a burgeoning singer-songwriter scene.
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