Aeolian Hall [London, ON N5W 2Z6]
|Date:||May 12, 2018|
|Address:||795 Dundas St. E., London, ON N5W 2Z6|
Kellylee Evans is a chameleon-like performer, whose natural charm and improvisational jazz vocal style have shined on her adventurous journey through jazz, soul, pop and hip-hop over the past decade or so. She has earned two Juno Award nominations (winning “Best Jazz Vocal Album” for Nina, her impassioned tribute to Nina Simone), captivated adoring French and Canadian fan bases and performed around the world, opening for such stars as John Legend, Dianne Reeves, Derek Trucks, George Benson and Willy Nelson. Not bad for a mother of three, who went straight from singing in the shower to performing live at the Kennedy Center where she came in 2nd place in the Thelonious Monk Jazz Competition in 2004, as judged by Quincy Jones, Al Jarreau, and Flora Purim.
The inspiringly motivated Kellylee threw herself into her dream of singing after enduring the death of her mother and has never looked back. As Kellylee tells it, “I inherited a real joie de vivre from my mother, and my French is pretty decent now. But music really is one language worldwide, as is dance. When I’m on a stage, I’m happy and want to share that with the audience. I keep reminding myself how lucky I am. Whether I’m opening for Tony Bennett at a big festival or performing in a little club in front of thirty people, this is still a dream.”
However, she hasn’t been able perform for a number of years due to a couple of freak accidents – being hit by lightning in 2013 and suffering a concussion in 2015. You can find out more of her story of recovery in this recent interview with CBC Ottawa by clicking here. She is back performing now and her passion for her music has never wavered. Kellylee’s latest album is Come On which she will be showcasing in this concert.