Juno Award-winning Jazz singer Kellylee Evans to perform free concert at Carleton University [News]
Ottawa, ON – She’s not exactly considered Canadian hip-hop, but her Jazz connections to the culture we all live and love is undeniable. We’re talking about Kellylee Evans – talented singer and 2011 Juno Award recipient for Vocal Jazz Album of the Year – it was her second time being nominated and first time winning. She’s back in Ottawa now this Friday for a free concert that will showcase her award-winning talents.
Kellylee Evans’ album, entitled Nina (Plus Loin Music), is a tribute to jazz great Nina Simone. Nina’s message made a strong and lasting impact on culture, illustrated by the numerous contemporary artists, including Kellylee, who cite her as an important influence: Elkie Brooks, Talib Kweli and Mos Def, who routinely pay tribute to her outstanding and soulful musical style, Cat Stevens, Peter Gabriel, Mary J. Blige, Michael Gira, Lauryn Hill, Alicia Keys, Amanda Palmer, Jeff Buckley and more. John Lennon cited Simone’s version of “I Put a Spell on You” as a source of inspiration for the Beatles song “Michelle.” Kellylee Evans will bring out the spirit and influence of Nina through a free performance which will also include a cover of her “Ain’t Go No” classic. Evans, a Carleton University alumna (BAHons/97), will be performing at the university on Friday, May 13, as part of an Alumni Music Gala in honour of Alumni Week 2011. The gala is a celebration of the platinum anniversary of the School for Studies in Art and Culture. It brings together a number of additional rising stars who will return to campus in a performance emceed by Alan Neal, BJ/95, host of All in a Day on CBC Ottawa. The event is FREE and will be going down at Carleton’s Kailash Mital Theatre in Southam Hall. Click here for more information.