Juno Award-winning pianist, composer and vocalist Laila Biali seems to be in a constant state of motion.

She has just wrapped up a European tour, she’s releasing a holiday tune on Dec. 13, and she’s about to celebrate Estonian Music Week with shows in Toronto and Hamilton. And earlier this year, Biali was taken by surprise when she won her first Juno Award for her 2018 self-titled album.

The album marked a new beginning for Biali, who returned to her roots to make an album that has jazz at its core but also contains plenty of crossover pop appeal. The record features mostly original songs, along with covers of songs by David Bowie, Randy Newman and  Coldplay.

She joined us to talk more about what it meant to win that first Juno, and how it felt like validation of a career spent finding and honing her personal voice and identity as an artist.