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|Birth name||Liona Maria Carolynne Boyd|
|Born||11 July 1949|
|Labels||Boot, Sony, Columbia, RCA, Polygram, CBS Masterworks, Moston|
Boyd was born in London and grew up in Toronto. Her father grew up in Bilbao, Spain, and her mother in Stoke-on-Trent, England. Her grandmother was from Linares, Spain, the birthplace of the "king of the classical guitar", Andrés Segovia. During her family's first of two ocean voyages to Canada she made her debut performance playing "Bluebells of Scotland" on a treble recorder in a talent show on the ship.
When she was thirteen, she was given her first guitar, a Christmas present which her parents had bought in Spain seven years earlier. She took lessons from Eli Kassner, Narciso Yepes, Alirio Diaz, Julian Bream, and Andres Segovia.
In 1975, she performed at Carnegie Hall in New York City. Andres Segovia sent her a note that said "through your beauty and talent you will conquer the public, philharmonic or not." During the same year, she toured northern British Columbia and Yukon, paying her dues in front of rough crowds, as she writes autobiography, in the tradition of pop and folk musicians. She also toured as the opening act for with Canadian folk singer Gordon Lightfoot.
In 1974, Boyd released her debut album, "The Guitar". It was produced by Eleanor Koldofsky and was released on Boot Records. The record was distributed internationally by London Records. In 1976, Boyd joined SOCAN, the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada, and established her own publishing company, Mid-Continental Music. In 1989 her album Christmas Dreams appeared on the RPM 100 Top Albums chart. To date she has 3 platinum and 4 gold albums in Canada. 
As of 2018, she has recorded 26 studio albums, made a live recording from Tokyo, created over 25 music videos, and produced three compilation recordings.
During her career, Boyd has recorded with Chet Atkins, Eric Clapton, Al Di Meola, Rik Emmett, David Gilmour, Alex Lifeson, Steve Morse, Canadian Brass, André Gagnon, Yo Yo Ma, Frank Mills, Strunz & Farah, Roger Whittaker, Gheorghe Zamfir, Pavlo, Jesse Cook, and Olivia Newton-John. 
In 1988, Stoddard Publishing of Toronto, Canada published Boyd's autobiography In My Own Key: My Life in Love and Music. In it she revealed her eight-year romance with former Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau. In 1992, Boyd moved to Beverly Hills, California, where she married John B. Simon, a real estate developer.
Following a diagnosis of musician's focal dystonia after the release of Camino Latino, Boyd was compelled to change how she plays guitar. She reinvented herself by developing her songwriting and singing skills and playing less demanding guitar arrangements.
After divorcing in 2004 she relocated to Miami and started a guitar duo with Srdjan Gjivoje. In 2007 she moved to New Canaan, CT, to make a record with him called Liona Boyd Sings Songs of Love. They subsequently toured together. She released a new age album titled Seven Journeys which was co-written with her producer Peter Bond. In 2010 she lived in California once more. In 2011 she purchased a house in Palm Beach, Florida but made her home base in Toronto where she recorded 3 more albums produced by Peter Bond. She and accompanist Michael Savona toured Canada extensively. In 2016 Liona formed a new touring duo with Andrew Dolson.
In August 2017, Dundurn Press reissued Boyd's first memoir In My Own Key and published her second memoir, No Remedy for Love.
In 2017 Liona filmed A Winter Fantasy, a live Christmas special that was broadcast in December 2018 on several PBS stations including WNED, Buffalo.
In 2018 Blackstone Publishing released an audiobook of Liona reading In My Own Key, her autobiography.
Awards and honoursEdit
- Instrumental Artist of the Year, Juno Awards, five times
- Gallery of the Greats, Guitar Player Magazine
- Classical Guitar Musician of the Year, Guitar Player, five times
- Order of Canada, 1982
- Order of Ontario, 1991
- Vanier Award, 1978
- Prix Esprit du Ciècle
- Diamond Jubilee Award, 2013
- JoAnn Falletta competition Lifetime Achievement, 2018
|The Guitar/Classical Guitar||Boot/London||1974|
|The Guitar Artistry of Liona Boyd||Boot/London||1975|
|Miniatures for Guitar||Boot/CBS Masterworks||1977|
|The First Lady of the Guitar||Columbia||1978|
|The First Nashville Guitar Quartet (with Chet Atkins)||RCA||1979|
|Liona Boyd with Andrew Davis and the English Chamber Orchestra||CBS Masterworks||1979|
|Spanish Fantasy||CBS Masterworks||1980|
|A Guitar for Christmas||CBS Masterworks||1981|
|The Best of Liona Boyd (compilation and new recordings)||CBS Masterworks||1982|
|Liona Live in Tokyo||CBS Masterworks||1984|
|The Romantic Guitar of Liona Boyd||CBS Masterworks||1985|
|Encore||A & M||1988|
|Christmas Dreams||A & M||1989|
|Highlights (compilation)||A & M||1989|
|Paddle to the Sea||Oak Street||1990|
|Dancing on the Edge||Moston||1991|
|Whispers of Love||Moston||1999|
|The Spanish Album (compilation and new recordings)||Moston||1999|
|Passport to Serenity (compilation)||Moston||2000|
|Romanza (compilation and new recordings)||Moston||2005|
|Liona Boyd Sings Songs of Love||Moston/Universal||2009|
|Seven Journeys: Music for the Soul and Imagination (Liona Boyd and Peter Bond)||Moston/Universal||2009|
|The Return... To Canada with Love||Moston/Universal||2013|
|A Winter Fantasy||Moston/Universal||2015|
|The Relaxing Guitar of Liona Boyd (digital only compilation).||Moston/Universal||2016|
|No Remedy for Love||Moston/Universal||2017|
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- "RPM Top 100 Albums". RPM Magazine Volume 50, No. 24 October 14, 1989.
- "Awards & Collaborations". Liona Boyd. Retrieved 9 December 2016.
- "In My Own Key: My Life in Love and Music". AMICUS: The Canadian National Catalogue. Retrieved 29 November 2009.
- "Liona Boyd: Singer". The National. 15 November 2009. Retrieved 29 November 2009.
- "Liona Boyd releasing new CD and autobiography, No Remedy For Love on August 19". That Eric Apler. 20 July 2017.
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