In July 2018, Bywater was named the Toronto Blues Society Talent Search Winner at the TD Toronto Jazz Festival and following that placed runner-up in the Road to Memphis competition to represent Toronto at the International Blues Challenge.

Harnessing the sounds of southern soul, gospel and blues, the 7-piece band features powerful lead vocals and slide guitar.

Lead singer Meghan Parnell recently recorded a cover of Faye Adams’ SHAKE A HAND with Bill King and his band. The recording has been picked up by over 140 international blues and jazz radio stations and by CBC syndication for morning shows across the country.


Response to SHAKE A HAND

ft Meghan Parnell

“Beauty in simplicity: the real deal.”
- John Corcelli CBC National Radio - Music Library / Toronto

“Meghan has one of those soulful, bluesy voices that makes me continue to LOVE the blues!”
- Bootsy Hambone KKID 92.9 FM - Salem, MO, USA

“Wow! What a voice!”
- Dougie Bee 5GTF FM Mt Gambiers Sth Australia

“Truly fantastic cover of a great song. Meghan's voice is wonderful and so right for it.”
- Alan Anderton BCB Radio 101.6 FM - Bradford, UK

“Perfect feel and perfect tempo, with Meghan Parnell's sultry combination of grit, growl, and sultriness over a not-too-busy gumbo of bluesy guitar and piano fills.”
- Chuck Ingersoll Jazz 90.1 WGMC FM 90.1 - Rochester, NY

“Great voice! Great music”
- Kurt Gabriel ECMA-Radio - Austria

Have a listen

Get a quick preview of the Bywater Call.

  • Bring Me Down
  • Over and Over
  • Silver Lining


Bywater Call is on the road! Here is a schedule of currently-booked performances.