Ellen Doty is a soulful Canadian vocalist and songwriter with a world-class voice. Her music incorporates everything from pop and jazz to soul, folk, and indie music: a sound that is uniquely hers. 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 sang and played “Can You Feel The Love Tonight” from the Lion King at her first grade talent show. She went on to study vocal jazz at Carleton University in Ottawa, as well as a minor in music at the University of Calgary with her BSc. in Geology (when she thought she needed a backup career, long story).
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 renowned Banff Centre in Alberta.
Doty’s first album “Gold”, a more traditional sounding pop-jazz album, was released in 2014. It reached the top 10 on several college radio charts in Canada, and she followed up the release with a crowd-funded, self-booked, 42 stop Canadian tour. In the past couple of years, Doty has been touring quite extensively in Canada. She had the chance to open for two-time Grammy-winner Gregory Porter, and recently completed a Western Canada concert theatre tour with award-winning saxophonist Eli Bennett from Vancouver.
After nearly two years of experimentation and songwriting, Doty’s long-awaited sophomore album “Come Fall” is set for release on March 2nd, 2018 on Alma Records / Universal Music. The project seeks to strip the music down to its bare bones, leaving a raw and incredibly spacious sound. No bass. No background vocals. No horns. No layers. Just piano, voice, and drums. The mixture of pop, jazz, soul, folk, and indie music, is a sound that is undoubtedly hers. The album was recorded at Sumbler House near Toronto with drummer Davide Di Renzo (Cassandra Wilson, Tom Cochrane, Molly Johnson, etc.) and pianist Mark Lalama (Kevin Breit, Sisters Euclid, Daniel Romano, etc.). It was engineered by Juno-award winning engineer John “Beetle” Bailey, and features co-writes with many notable writers including Justin Rutledge, Andy Stochansky, Danny Vacon (The Dudes), and more. The first single “September Moon” from Doty’s latest album was released on September 8th, 2017. Doty’s album release show in Calgary will take place at Bella Concert Hall on Saturday March 3rd, 2018, with a Canadian tour to follow (see SHOWS for details).
Come Fall // Sophomore album set for March 2nd, 2018
Gold // Debut album release May 29th, 2014
That's Love // EP released May 11th, 2013
Live at the Station // EP released August 25th, 2012