Wed, Feb 23|
Location is TBD
Kellylee Evans "GREENLIGHT"
Juno Award winning singer and composer Kellylee offers a distinctly recognizable sound on her brand new, five-song EP, GREENLIGHT. It is the sound of resilience.
Time & Location
Feb 23, 2022, 7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Location is TBD
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Juno Award winning singer and composer Kellylee offers a distinctly recognizable sound on her brand new, five-song EP, GREENLIGHT.
It is the sound of resilience.
While we've all been in survivor mode for the better part of the pandemic, it's been particularly trying for the talented Ottawa-based jazz ingenue: Kellylee was still in the throes of recuperating - literally - from a bizarre accident where she was struck by lightning.
Just as she was getting back into her groove in March 2020 - even performing a concert in Paris, France just before COVID-19 shut down the world.
But that didn't stop her, nor her creativity. With the assistance of co-producer, multi-instrumentalist and backing vocalist Michael Shand, drummer Ian Wright, and bass player Mark Godfrey, Kellylee has magically woven her first tapestry of new music since 2015's Come On, her inspired versatility delivering raw connective emotion connectivity on such gems as the jazzy mental health anthem "Not Today," the soulful "Green Light" and the revealing "Everything."
"It was time," she states. "I missed writing and I missed making things. I wanted to make music and write about what was happening in my life."
Recorded during lockdown via video while everyone was in isolation, Kellylee offers glimpses of vulnerability on GREENLIGHT that have been commonplace and universal for all of us during these strange times.
"Some of the songs I'm singing about are about mental health and supporting people in those moments," she explains. "A lot of it is about my own life."
It's a life to which others can relate, a gift that Kellylee realized she possessed when she wrote her very first song prior to the days of 2006's fight or flight?
"I love making music that connects," says Kellylee. "When I wrote my first song, somebody asked me how I managed to capture what they felt. That really hit me: I knew I had a voice, a platform and ideas that are so personal that people see themselves in my music.
"That means a lot to me. I feel blessed that I have that ability and that it's not completely gone. Writing these new songs, I was shocked at how easy it came back."
Over the past 15 years, Kellylee has been winning over audiences with forays into jazz, R&B, hip-hop, pop and a Juno-award winning tribute to Nina Simone simply entitled Nina.
And the good news is that with GREENLIGHT, this electrifying performer, whose masterful and majestic vocalizing and stage mannerism leaves audiences spellbound, is back.
The words of Michael Shand, who provided trumpet, keyboards, guitar, vocals and fleshed out the arrangement, say it best: "It's just refreshing to hear newly written music from Kellylee, because she brings such an honesty and purity to everything that she does."
Amen to that.
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