Feature in Spruce Grove Examiner about performance at Horizon Stage by Marcia Love
Jazz chanteuse Ellen Doty is touring to some of Alberta's smaller centres — that is, after she makes her debut on the big stage of Calgary's Jack Singer Hall for JazzYYC's Illumin8 series. Look for her in Spruce Grove, Cold Lake, Athabasca and Lethbridge.
With a voice as pure as...oh, we don't know, an angel perhaps, it's hard not to be entranced by Ellen Doty the moment you start to hear her sing. If you haven't seen her live yet, you're really missing out, so make a point of seeing her perform on February 22, 2017 at Festival Hall in the Inglewood neighbourhood of Calgary.
With roughly 45 songs written for her new album, jazz-pop singer and songwriter Ellen Doty shouldn’t have any trouble selecting songs for her upcoming Shell Theatre performance.
The Calgary-based performer has a show at Fort Saskatchewan’s Shell Theatre on Oct. 1 at 7:30 p.m. She’ll be performing backed with a full band, including a pianist, drummer, bass player, guitarist and award-winning saxophonist Eli Bennett.
Singer/songwriter Ellen Doty, a 2006 Holy Trinity Academy graduate, is one of nine professional Alberta songwriters selected to write and record songs for the Canadian Songwriters’ Challenge at OCL Studios east of Calgary July 14 to 17. In groups of three, the artists will collaborate on two to three demo-ready songs, often delving into genres they’ve never explored, under the mentorship of Canadian singer Mike Plume of the Songwriting Association of Canada.
The Second Annual Songwriting Camp for professional songwriters in Alberta from July 14-17 2016! Alberta Music will be returning to OCL Studios, just outside of Calgary, to conduct a three-day songwriting camp. These nine artists will be organized into groups of three to collaborate on two to three demo-ready songs. The camp will also provide an opportunity to network and establish permanent collaborative partnerships.
When I first started writing music, I was writing just to write. I wanted to make something catchy, or something fun, or something that people would put on repeat. There’s certainly nothing wrong with that, but these days, I’m taking an entirely different approach. I’m trying to write about things that are truly personal and meaningful to me.
I feel like part of being a songwriter is the ability to be vulnerable, and at first, it’s frightening. But, in the end, if I’m more connected to the music I’m singing, I find that my audience in turn becomes more connected. They can feel the pain, or the joy, or the sorrow in the music and they feel like they are part of the story too. It’s palpable.
Don’t let that big smile and tall, quirky demeanor fool you – Ellen Doty is one of Calgary’s most soulful jazz vocalists and songwriters. Hailing from Okotoks, this Geology Major took the leap to follow her passion a few years ago and hasn’t looked back since.
2014 was a huge success for Ellen. She released her much-anticipated first full album “Gold”, which broke the top ten on several jazz charts in Canada. Hot on the heels of her critically acclaimed debut album, Ellen embarked on a 30 city, 46 stop Canadian tour enchanting audiences across the country with show stopping performances. 2015 was even bigger as she set her sites on releasing her sophomore album and toured internationally, which included a show in New York City with acclaimed jazz drummer, David Mancini. Released in April 2015 was her first single from her upcoming album “Just So You Know” and we can’t wait to hear what she’s got up her sleeve next.
Recording artists from long bygone eras seemed to have the market cornered on exuding coolness, grace and elegance both with their recorded work, and their live performances. A few of those performers are still around, and they’re just as classy as ever. Tony Bennett and Johnny Mathis come to mind, both still capable of sharing their catalogues of popular songs that have stood up for decades, and in a way when you see either of them live that makes you wish there were more musical acts of that calibre level still out on the road or appearing in some swanky, high-class nightclub.
Canada does seem to be offering that in at least two of our current artists, given the performances last night out at Redwood House for Bragg Creek Performing Arts.
David Myles and Ellen Doty both keep their music modern and captivating, and both owe much to artists before them, along the lines of greats like Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra, Ricky Nelson, Marty Robbins and so many more
With one album under her belt, and numerous top ten placements on the Canadian Jazz charts, Calgary’s Ellen Doty is making a name for herself. We caught up with her at her at her home, as she works on her sophomore album.