Ellen Doty is a soulful Canadian vocalist and songwriter with a world-class voice. Her music is rooted in jazz, yet seamlessly incorporates elements of other genres including folk and pop. A true storyteller whose works are as intimate and as personal as their handwritten lyrics, Ellen’s immense talent for songwriting is only complemented by her stunning vocals. Rich, sultry, and sweet, Ellen’s voice draws listeners in and takes them on an unforgettable journey.
Originally from Okotoks, Alberta, Ellen has been a performer since age five. She went on to study vocal jazz at Carleton University in Ottawa, and performed in their prestigious Talent Showcase. She’s had the opportunity to work with many of her jazz heroes thus far including Al Kay, Pat Labarbera, Bobby Shew, Dave Mancini and PJ Perry.
In 2013, Ellen Doty was the recipient of the ‘Outstanding Soloist’ award from the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival at the University of Idaho and she completed a Banff Centre Artist Residency for Collaborative Song-Writing at the prestigious Banff Centre in Banff, Alberta. In May 2013, she received an album production grant for her debut album from the Alberta Foundation for the Arts.
2014 was a huge success for Ellen as she released her much-anticipated album "Gold" in May, which broke the top ten on several jazz charts in Canada including CFBX, CFMU, and CJSW. The record features ten of Ellen's original compositions, as well as a song by Toronto songwriter Kyle Zavitz. Her co-writers include Oliver Miguel, Josh Crowhurst, Kyle Zavitz, Conrad Good, and Danny Michel.
Gold garnered rave reviews from press including Calgary Herald entertainment writer Mike Bell who wrote, “…[I]t feels like an immediate, handmade, warm-hearted statement, one that uses the personal touch to reveal all sides of a performer who seems ready for her true Canadian coming out, with a voice that honeycoats every word it sings in her easy, sweet ’n’ sunny crossover jazz-pop.”
After an overwhelming response to her crowd-funding campaign, Ellen embarked on a thirty city, fourty-six stop tour which kicked off in Sydney, Nova Scotia and ended in Victoria, BC. Hot on the heels of her critically-acclaimed debut album, Ellen enchanted audiences across the country with show stopping performances. Doty released an emotional single titled "Just So You Know" in April of 2015 following the loss of a dear friend.
Doty recently had the chance to open for Grammy-winner Gregory Porter, and has been touring quite extensively with 35-time award-winning saxophonist Eli Bennett from Vancouver along with long-time collaborator Josh Crowhurst. She is currently working on her sophomore album that is set for release in 2017. She's had the opportunity to collaborate and song-write with a number of noteworthy artists for the project including Juno-winner Justin Rutledge, Danny Vacon (The Dudes), Andy Stochansky, Davide Direnzo, and more.
With an honesty and warmth that sets her apart, Ellen Doty is an emerging Canadian talent who is clearly one to watch for 2017 and beyond.
Gold // Debut album release May 29th, 2014
That's Love // EP released May 11th, 2013
Live at the Station // EP released August 25th, 2012