Elizabeth Shepherd and Michael Occhipinti
Singer/pianist/composer Elizabeth Shepherd and Michael Occhipinti have been featured in each other's projects for almost a decade, with Elizabeth being the vocalist and pianist for Michael Occhipinti's The Universe of John Lennon, and Michael touring as a member of Elizabeth's group promoting her albums MONtreal and The Signal. In June of 2019 the two will be recording new original music together based on the Griffen Poetry prize. Elizabeth and Michael have also recorded a version of Jackie Shane's "Any Other Way" for Michael's upcoming “The Longest Street In the World” celebrating Canada’s golden age of music on Toronto’s Yonge Street, where The Band, Neil Young, Gordon Lightfoot, and Blood Sweat and Tears launched their careers and Oscar Peterson, Bruce Cockburn, and Charlie Parker recorded some of their most famous live work.
Michael Occhipinti’s guitar work has been called “miraculous” and paired with Elizabeth’s unique cool and soulful delivery, the two have received a dozen nominations for Canada’s Juno Award. Able to perform intimate shows as a duo, or large festival stages as a larger group, Elizabeth Shepherd and Michael Occhipinti have done multiple tours across Canada, the U.S., Mexico, and Europe. Elizabeth Shepherd’s group with Michael will be touring Canada in November 2018, and the two will return to Europe in 2019.