Kellylee Evans gives us a repertory of jazz, soul and groove on the album Come On, all with generosity and talent. Kellylee Evans, winner of the second prize at the Thelonious Monk Competition in 2004 and a Juno Award in her native Canada in 2011, is emerging as a true voice of her generation.
This album tells the story of this woman struck by lightning, who in surviving decides to take her life back in hand and affirm strongly her femininity and her desire for love. Evans, who has released six albums and is almost a household name in France, said the subsequent journey that began with a freak lightning strike through the plumbing of her Ottawa kitchen has been a wake-up call and reset her priorities to be more family-oriented.
“Being struck by lightning and having your recovery exacerbated by a head injury may not qualify as a blessing to most, but Ottawa singer and songwriter Kellylee Evans considers these accidents a godsend. “It’s the best thing that ever happened to me, every weird circumstance,” says the bubbly Evans, the Juno Award winner and single mother of three who is just getting her career back on track after four years of recovery.” – taken from a recent Star.com interview
Before her June 2013 misfortune, Evans’ career was on an upswing. She had a label deal with Universal Music France, and she had won a Juno Award in 2011 for Vocal Jazz Album for Nina, her tribute to Nina Simone.
With recent appearances this past July in Ottawa (National Arts Centre, July 3), Montreal (Upstairs Jazz Bar, July 4) and Toronto (Hugh’s Room Live, July 21), with her latest release ‘Come On’ now making it’s Canadian debut, Kellylee is ready to now forge ahead
Tracks: Come On / Tell Me What You Like / Right To Love / Hands Up / These Arms / Know His Worth / Alright, Maybe / Find Your Heart / I Do / Unbreakable.