Kellylee Evans

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Kellylee Evans
Kellylee Evans, 2011
Background information
Birth name Kellylee Alverna Evans
Born (1975-02-07) 7 February 1975 (age 40)
Scarborough, Ontario, Canada
Genres Jazz, soul, blues
Occupation(s) Vocalist
Years active 1990s–present
Labels Plus Loin Music, Universal Music France, Enliven! Media

Kellylee Evans (born 7 February 1975 in Scarborough, Ontario) is a Canadian jazz and soul music vocalist. She is the recipient of a 2011 Juno. Her 2010 album Nina won in the category Juno Award for Vocal Jazz Album of the Year.

Early life[edit]

Educated at Carleton University (1993–2000), it was there that Evans discovered jazz when she "got lost in the elevators of the Loeb Building and found the Music department on the ninth floor of the A tower." She went on to spend seven years there and earned two BAs in Law and English before starting on her MA in Law in 1997. Those studies were put on hold as she focused on her music career.[1]


In 2004 Evans won second place at the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Vocals Competition,[2] where Quincy Jones, Dee Dee Bridgewater and Al Jarreau were among the judges. In 2006, she released her debut album Fight or Flight? for which was nominated for a 2007 Juno award.

Her Juno award winning album Nina[3] was inspired by the life and work of Nina Simone and was recorded after the French record label Plus Loin Music, who invited her to spend two days in their recording studio to record whatever she wanted.[1] The record, was released the same year as her album The Good Girl, all while homeschooling her three children under ten years of age[1] On tours she has opened for George Benson, Tony Bennett, Chris Botti, Dianne Reeves, Maceo Parker, Derek Trucks and Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings.[4] Notable live appearances have included the Sunfest, the Algoma Fall Festival with Michael Kaeshammer, and in 2012 she will debut at Toronto's Massey Hall,[5] and the Imperial Theatre.

Notable performances[edit]

Television and film appearances[edit]

Awards and recognition[edit]




As leader[edit]

  • Fight Or Flight? – (ENLIVEN! Records, 2006)
  • Fight Or Flight? (Live) – (ENLIVEN! Records, 2007)
  • The Good Girl – (ENLIVEN! 2010)
  • Nina – (Plus Loin, 2010)
  • I Remember When – (Universal Music Group, 2013)

As contributor[edit]

  • Independance – by Kobo Town (2003 – track 3 "Abatina", 8 "Beautiful Soul" & 9 "Higher Than Mercy")
  • The Gospel Christmas Project – (track 2 "The First Noel", track 8 "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen", track 11 "Oh Holy Night" – CBC Records 3023, 2007)
  • Dancing Alone: Songs of William Hawkins- 2008 – (Contributor, Track 8 "Merry Go Round")
  • Embracing Voices – by Jane Bunnett (Vocalist and co-writer – track 1 "Sway", track 2 "Kaleidoscope", track 4 "Serafina" and track 12 "The Only One") – winner, 2009 Juno Award for Contemporary Jazz Album of the Year
  • Nomadic Injections – by Shamik – (2010 – track 14 "Lost (live)")
  • The Manhattan Connection – by Various Artists, Songs of Jose Mari Chan – 2011 – (track 4, "I Have Found My World In You" and track 7, "Easier Said Than Done")
  • Ottawa for Haiti – by Various Artists – (2011, Track 9, 'Still I Rise')
  • Northern Faction 5 – by Various Artists (2012, Balanced Records Inc, Track 6 – "Lost" [Rise Ashen Remix])

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