“Five Minutes With” Toronto Soulstress Lydia Persaud

Lydia Persaud is a Toronto born & raised soul artist. Lydia’s sound expands the boundaries of soul to include both folk and jazz, styles that have been foundational to her musical growth. Lydia attended the rigorous jazz program at Humber School of Music, where she won the Oscar Peterson Jazz Award and connected with fellow members of the folk trio The O’Pears, whom she has been collaborating with for the past 7 years. Working in these styles honed Lydia’s mastery of sophisticated vocal harmony and blend, leading her to become an in-demand vocalist. Lydia has supported such icons as Gordon Lightfoot, David Crosby, and Lee Fields, as well as opened for Serena Ryder, Sarah Harmer, and Joey Landreth. She is also a member of renowned cover band Dwayne Gretzky.

Lydia Persaud

Name: Lydia Persaud

Genre: Folk/Soul

Founded: 2017

# of Albums: 1 full length and 1 EP

Latest Release? Let Me Show You (full length)

Latest Single? Well Wasted

Latest Video? Honey Child

Favourite Restaurant?

Golden Turtle

Favourite band as a teenager?

Alicia Keys

Favourite band now?

Moses Sumney

Guilty Pleasure Song?

Hotel California

Live Show Ritual?

Write out a set list, stretch.

Favourite local artist?

Jeremie Albino

Sneaky Dees nachos, pasta from Terroni or a superfood salad from Fresh?


Queen or College St?

Queen St.

Trinity Bellwoods or High Park, Riverdale or Kew Gardens?


EP or LP?


Early bird or night owl?

Night owl.

Road or studio?


Swiss Chalet or Roti?


Where can we follow you?

Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Any shows or albums coming up?

Album release show in Toronto on June 19! Tickets are available at https://thedrake.electrostub.com/event.cfm?cart&id=205725.




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