Country music has always felt like home for Elyse Saunders. From the dynamic stages of Toronto to the bright lights of Nashville, the Peterborough, Ontario native has followed a path of steadfast determination and artistic inspiration – regularly captivating crowds with her powerhouse vocals, engaging live show personality, and interactive charm. Priding herself on being an artist who never stops, Elyse discovered a passion for music early on when she met her first mentor, producer/songwriter Cyril Rawson (Keith Urban, Gretchen Wilson). After recording her debut self-titled album with him in Nashville, she released a string of singles to Canadian radio and showcased her music during an opening spot for ACM artist Deric Ruttan in front of 10,000 attendees.
Since her breakthrough beginnings, Elyse has only continued to grow her body of live show experiences and notable releases. She’s performed at over 350 shows with industry showcases like Canadian Country Music Week, Indie Week, and 2019’s Canadian Music Week with Nice Horse, Kira Isabella, & David James. She also rocked 2019’s Powassan’s Smoke ‘N’ Spurs ahead of Eric Ethridge and The Washboard Union, and opened for Terri Clark and Jason Aldean at Sunfest. On the release side, her 2017 single, “Rise” went Top 20 after Toronto’s DJ Danny D released a dance remix of the song on Z103.5. The single continues to build momentum today with an upcoming television placement at the 2020 Summer Olympics. Her 2019 release “Feel You Leaving” can be heard on Sirius XM – CBC, with over 45,000 views on her music video and the single was also selected as a semi-finalist for the International Songwriters Competition out of 19,000 submissions globally.
After a series of songwriting trips in Nashville and new recordings in BC with producers Dan Swinimer, Paul Shatto, and David Wills, Elyse Saunders released “Free” in the summer of 2020, the first single and title track from her next album. Earning over 500,000 streams on Apple Music, “Free” marked her successful re-entry into the Canadian radio market, where it was accompanied by a new vlog series to pull the curtain back on her new direction. Poised to set the stakes even higher in this rewarding phase of her ambitious career, Elyse will release her next single, “Wine Down”, in November.
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