Who is Elyse Saunders?
Singer/Songwriter - Elyse Saunders is an independent, country recording artist that brings her homegrown roots of Peterborough, Ontario to the urban city of Toronto and beyond. Catching one of her shows, it's easy to see why she’s gained popularity at music venues. Elyse can be described as the “life of the party” captivating her audience with her powerhouse vocals, dynamic presence and interactive charm. Featured in the Toronto Sun as being an artist “well on her way”, Elyse is truly on her way with a decade of stages on her resume and impressive accomplishments under her belt.
Penning between Nashville & home, Elyse received the support of FACTOR and recorded her latter album "I'm On My Way" with three-time CCMA/JUNO award winner Joel Feeney at acclaimed Orange Lounge Studio (Justin Bieber, Amy Winehouse, Sam Hunt, Paul Brandt & more). Elyse has released numerous singles to radio, toured the East Coast, has been a speaker to thousands of youth during the unprecedented WE DAY event and co-wrote & recorded on radio single, RISE this past year. RISE is a collaborative project that celebrates the incredible story of Equestrian Olympian medalist Jessica Phoenix and invites listeners to be unstoppable in their dreams. The single crossed-borders when Elyse was invited to perform during Los Angeles' PRE - ESPY awards show and is now up for televised placement during the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. The song's not only crossing borders but genres too when it caught the ear of Toronto’s DJ Danny D who created a remix that hit top 20 in Canada and has over 35,000 Shazams & over 50,000 streams on Spotify.
Elyse Saunders has been busy in the studio recording fresh new music for her new EP and co-wrote a song that she knew she wanted to help shed a light on. "ME TOO" will pull you in with its lyrically potent message and gritty but elegant delivery. As more stories from the media surface daily and awareness from the #metoo movement continues to grow, ME TOO is non-biased to gender, race or age and is ultimately for anyone with a personal struggle and a fear to share their story. Elyse believes that music has the power to heal and personally financed the recording, the mastering of the track, the music video and a digital release shortly after writing the song. In under two weeks of the release, the video respectively climbed over 15,000 views between Facebook & Youtube and continues to expand organically.
Country music always felt like home for Elyse and with the support of her family and mentors early on in her career, Elyse found Cyril Rawson, a hit songwriter/producer from her hometown. Nashville came calling, they recorded her debut album, she released several singles to radio and showcased her music during an opening spot for ACM artist Deric Ruttan in front of 10,000 attendees. The album was received with numerous raving reviews in renowned music publications & forums worldwide and quickly she became a contender for the CMAO awards, MARTY awards as well as the TIMA awards. With her music receiving radio airplay in Canada, US, UK & Australia, Elyse became no stranger to the radio interview circuit and has continued to hone her skills as a powerful performer/songwriter.
Fast forward to now and Elyse has grown into the authentic and professional that she is today, just by doing it. She has worked with a number of highly respected songwriters and by performing on hundreds of stages she has become a well rounded entertainer. Elyse is driven and diligent in her pursuits and takes on contrasting roles of the business in order to independently build her brand. 2018 is the next chapter for Elyse Saunders endeavors and so far she's been busy writing, recording fresh material and adding new shows to the calendar including a West Coast tour heading for Vancouver and sponsored by VIA Rail Canada this spring and sharing the stage with Brad Pailey & Sam Roberts Band at Woodbine's acclaimed Queensplate festival. This year is already shaping up to be one of Elyse’s busiest to date with new music to be heard!
Elyse is not only a talented artist but a humanitarian and created her annual "Warm Coats Warm Hearts - Coat Drive & Concert" over 6 years ago. The benefit concert has collected and distributed thousands of coats and cash donations to agencies that provide to children, men & women in need during the cold winter months. Elyse's charitable efforts are what brought her to being invited to speak about her work on behalf of The Keg Spirit Foundation where she shared the same stage with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, during one of WE DAY's unparalleled shows. Elyse is a big believer in giving back when she can!
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