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Jane Siberry

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Jane Siberry (born October 12, 1955 in Toronto, Ontario) is a Canadian singer-songwriter. In Canada, she is most famous for her early 1980s new wave hits such as "Mimi on the Beach", "I Muse Aloud" and "One More Colour". Internationally, she is best known for her 1993 album When I Was a Boy.

Siberry was attending college and studying microbiology when she released her debut album, Jane Siberry in 1981 (see 1981 in music). The album was relatively successful for an independent release, but the follow-up, No Borders Here was critically acclaimed and included the underground hit "Mimi on the Beach".

The Speckless Sky (1985, 1985 in music) was a commercial and critical success, and Siberry moved to a major label in time for The Walking (1988, 1988 in music), which was a critical success but popular failure. The Walking was released on Reprise Records internationally, but remained on Duke Street Records in Canada. Reprise would become her Canadian record label as well with her next album, Bound By the Beauty in 1989.

In 1993 (see 1993 in music), Siberry worked with Michael Brook and Brian Eno on When I Was a Boy. That album's most famous song, the k.d. lang duet "Calling All Angels", first appeared in Wim Wenders' Until the End of the World, and was later re-recorded for the Pay It Forward soundtrack.

Following the commercial failure of her 1995 album Maria, Siberry founded her own independent label, Sheeba Records. She has released all of her subsequent material on that label. Her public profile has been lower since she became an independent artist; however, she retains a devoted cult following.

All of Siberry's independent albums have presented material organized around a particular theme, such as Christmas music, songs about communication, or traditional spiritual music.

Her latest album is Shushan the Palace (2003, 2003 in music), an album of pop interpretations of Christmas hymns.

Siberry's music is most commonly compared to artists such as Kate Bush, Joni Mitchell and Laurie Anderson.

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