Lori Cullen

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Lori Cullen
Genres Pop, jazz
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter
Years active 2000–present
Associated acts Kurt Swinghammer
Website Lori Cullen

Lori Cullen is a Canadian pop and jazz singer-songwriter.[1] She has released seven albums as a solo artist, has collaborated with other artists as a guest musician, and has been a Juno Award nominee.[2]

Originally from Mississauga, Ontario, Cullen released her debut album Garden Path in 2000.[3] She followed up with So Much, an album of jazz standards, in 2002,[4] before returning to original folk-pop songwriting for 2004's Uneven Hill.[5] During her early career, she kept these two sides of her artistic personality separate, recording distinct albums and distinguishing her live performances as being either folk or jazz shows; during her tour to support Uneven Hill, however, she decided to instead start integrating the two genres.[6]

Her song "Away So Long", cowritten with Brian MacMillan, was the winner of the 2005 Colleen Peterson Songwriting Award.

Her next album, 2006's Calling for Rain, was an album of covers of artists such as Joni Mitchell, Gordon Lightfoot, Richard Thompson and Randy Newman, done in a style that incorporated both pop and jazz influences. It was nominated for a Juno Award for Vocal Jazz Album of the Year at the Juno Awards of 2007.[2]

In 2011, she was featured on Toronto-based Cadence's Christmas album "Cool Yule," singing Baby, It's Cold Outside.

Her most recent album, Sexsmith Swinghammer Songs (2016), features songs written for her by Ron Sexsmith and Kurt Swinghammer.[7]


  • Garden Path (2000)
  • So Much (2002)
  • Uneven Hill (2004)
  • Calling for Rain (2006)
  • Buttercup Bugle (2007)
  • That Certain Chartreuse (2011)
  • Sexsmith Swinghammer Songs (2016)


  1. ^ "Lori Cullen Teams Up with Ron Sexsmith and Kurt Swinghammer for New Album". Exclaim!, August 18, 2016.
  2. ^ a b "The Sun's 2007 Juno Award scorecard". Vancouver Sun, March 31, 2007.
  3. ^ "Lori Cullen: Garden Path". Exclaim!, September 30, 2000.
  4. ^ "Lori Cullen: So Much". Toronto Star, January 16, 2003.
  5. ^ "Lori Cullen: Uneven Hill". Toronto Star, February 26, 2004.
  6. ^ "Divas and the city". The Globe and Mail, July 1, 2005.
  7. ^ "Lori Cullen Sexsmith Swinghammer Songs". Exclaim!, October 26, 2016.

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