Praised by the Latin Jazz Network for a “gorgeous voice (that) rises to the heavens in rapturous wonder as if in consanguinity with a chorus of angels,” Kellylee Evans is a bold explorer who, since launching her music career over 15 years ago, has tackled everything from jazz to R&B and pop.
She has earned multiple JUNO Award nominations (winning “Best Jazz Vocal Album” for Nina, her impassioned tribute to Nina Simone), captivated adoring French and Canadian fan bases, and opened for the likes of Tony Bennett and John Legend. A series of traumatic accidents — a concussion in 2015 and a freak lightning strike in 2013 — set Kellylee on a long journey of recovery and self-healing and temporarily put her singing career on hold. READ MORE
With the belated release of her 2015 album Come On (and with the encouragement of Blue Rodeo’s Jim Cuddy), the Ottawa-based singer is back on stage, albeit with the caveat that she now must slow down and focus on the important things in life. KLE’s latest JUNO-nominated recording (to be highlighted in her May 12th TD Sunfest show) offers views on love and loss in an alluringly rhythmic approach that has touches of psychedelic pop, a resonating soul groove and that je ne sais quoi that is strictly Kellylee.
Although Come On didn’t win, KLE was everywhere on the 2018 JUNO weekend, prompting CBC Music host Tom Allen to offer this effusive praise: “Kellylee is an inspiration in every way. She is a brilliant, versatile woman. She is a musician’s musician…Not only is she personable and easy to work with and humble, she is a brilliant, razor-sharp singer whose pitch, whose musicianship — whose everything — is dead on…She’s just getting started, ladies and gentlemen.”