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Elyse Saunders

Toronto, Ontario, Canada | Established. Jan 01, 2008 | SELF

Toronto, Ontario, Canada | SELF
Established on Jan, 2008
Band Country Pop





Singer/Songwriter – ELYSE SAUNDERS is a country artist that blends her small-town Ontario roots with the bright lights of Toronto and Nashville – captivating crowds with her powerhouse vocals, dynamic presence and interactive charm.

Catching one of her shows, it’s easy to see why she’s gained popularity at live music venues. Elyse Saunders has a decade of stages under her belt, with numerous singles to radio including her latest single, “RISE”. Summer of 2019 is showing to be an invigorating new chapter for Elyse Saunders with a growing tour calendar, brand new radio release, polished music videos and fresh singles that represent her boldest and most liberated group of songs yet. - Sound Check Entertainment

"Music Friday: Elyse Saunders (CHCH Hamilton)"

Music Friday: Elyse Saunders
By Tansy Ko -August 30, 2019, 11:56 am

Elyse Saunders, the alt-country/ pop recording artist who will be performing Friday afternoon at Canada’s Largest Ribfest and she joins us live now for a Music Friday.

(Live Studio Performance of Elyse Saunders & band from CHCH Hamilton) - ChCh Hamilton

"FYIG Chats With Alt-Country Artist Elyse Saunders"

FYIG Chats With Alt-Country Artist Elyse Saunders
By Dean Amond -August 20, 20190741
Tell us a little bit about yourself.

Hey there! My name is Elyse Saunders, I’m an entertainer, country recording artist, and songwriter. Being on stage is where I feel at home. When I see my audience engaging, smiling and having fun, that’s when I feel happiest!

As soon as I finished high school, I made the decision to make country music a career. Obviously, it didn’t happen overnight, but early on, I knew that I would learn best by emerging myself in the scene. Since then, I’ve really grown into a professional artist and honed in on who I am and what I want to say. I’m super excited about what’s next!

How did you get your start in music?

Music has always been a part of my life and as a kid, I knew that I wanted to be a performer. I’ve always looked up to entertainers and knew that one day, I wanted to do what they do.

I started performing through dance (jazz, hip-hop, tap) and have always written songs. Once I reached my teens, I started performing in singing competitions and although I never liked the idea of being “judged”, it was a great stage to learn and grow from.

Shortly after that, I worked with my first mentor, Cyril Rawson, from my hometown of Peterborough, Ontario. He’s a songwriter & producer who really taught me how to have my own voice and how to make a song come alive through vocal interpretation. We went to Nashville, recorded my first album and for the first time, I was able to see how the real pros did it. I was fortunate enough to be surrounded by top professionals early on which I know had a big influence on me. The album was my first contribution to the country music world and soon after, I was asked to open for ACM artist Deric Ruttan in front of my hometown crowd of 10,000 attendees. I was hooked!

How would you describe your musical style?

My music style is contemporary country that leans on pop hooks with southern country flare.

Elyse Saunders
Photo credit: Raven Kyle Photography
How have you evolved as an artist since your 2008 debut album?

More than anything, I’ve evolved organically. I’ve spent a lot of time growing as a songwriter, vocalist, entertainer, and person which has ultimately given me the opportunity to hone in on what I can offer to the music world. Since 2008, I’ve worked hard on becoming the best I can be at this time and have moved from newbie to professional. Knowing who I am as an artist is truly valuable as I confidently bring my own sound, style, and personality to my music and show.

Your 2017 single, “Rise” has been picked up for TV placement for the 2020 Summer Olympics. How does it feel to know that something you wrote is being used to promote such a prestigious set of events?

It’s an incredible experience. “Rise” is unique in that we specifically wrote it about Equestrian Canadian Olympian Jessica Phoenix and her story of beating the odds. It has become an anthem for anyone who needs a boost in life and it feels pretty inspiring to see how much of an impact the song is making and the many ways it is breaking through!

You personally wrote and financed the song, “Me Too” in 2018. How important was that project to you?

As I move forward in my career, it’s important to me to bring people joy and happiness through my music, as well as release songs that can speak to and shed light on important topics for those who may not have a voice. When my co-writers and I wrote “Me Too”, we had no idea that we would write this song that day. It seemed to write itself. It’s a subject that so many people can relate to on all kinds of levels no matter age, sex, status or race. I knew that the story and message needed to be shared.

What can you tell us about your latest single, “Feel You Leaving” and the video behind it?

“Feel You Leaving” started in my sleep. Every once in a while, I’ll wake up hearing a song and I have learned that when that happens, I need to immediately record the idea in my phone memos or I’ll lose it. This was one of those songs!

I woke up singing the hook and the lines “let these waves crash over me, wash away our memories.” I took the idea to my co-writers and we settled on a direction that revolved around the hook. The main message of the song is to let go of your past and embrace what is happening now. It’s kind of perfect for a first new release as I’ve reached a new chapter in my career. The song is intimate as well as strong so I imagined it being striking and cinematic when capturing the snapshots of a past love story. My videographer/editor Edward Platero was great to collaborate with in creating my vision and what a beautiful job he did!

What was it like to work with award-winning filmmaker Edward Platero?

He’s such a pro and easy to work with. He is really great at seeing the whole picture and knowing what moments need to be captured to really make the emotion and story of the song come alive.

What’s next for your career?

I look forward to building on the momentum I have now and taking it as far as I can. I’m working with a great group of people that really believe in what I’m doing and I’m excited to keep adding to my team so that we can leverage my successes together. I will continue to write and put out new music, tour, connect with my fans and expand internationally, so I can reach more people with my music. This is my career and I’m working hard on plans and strategies to make it all happen.

What advice would you have for aspiring singers/songwriters?

If you believe in yourself, then do what you love to do and don’t be afraid to try. You’ll make mistakes but learn and grow from them. Put the work in so that you can be better than just good – you deserve it!

What’s your life like outside of music?

Outside of music, I try my best to have quality time with my family and friends. Time flies by way too fast and I want to be there for the ones I care for! Other than that, I love my 2 fur babies (Dolly & Pearl), I love being outdoors, camping, being by the lake, travelling, great food, and going to concerts!

Talk about the “Warm Coats, Warm Hearts -- Coat Drive & Concert” and what that event means to you.

During my elementary school days, I had a memory of a boy who came to school on the coldest days of winter in a spring jacket, no mitts, and no hat. It stood out to me, although I didn’t fully understand what was happening at the time. As I was building my music career, I realized I had a public platform that I could utilize to give back and wanted to create an event that would give back through music. One day I was riding public transit, I found a paper to read on my trip and saw an ad about a website called OneWarmCoat.org. It mentioned the need for winter coat drives and how to create one for my own community. It took me back to the experience I had in elementary school and struck the idea of creating a fun concert with my peers and ask for warm winter coats as admission.

Seven years ago was my very first coat drive and concert. Since then, it’s been amazing to see the many communities come together. To date, we’ve put thousands of warm winter coats on children, youth and adults. Through this initiative, I was also invited to share my story at Ottawa’s “We Day” in front of tens of thousands of inspired youth on behalf of The Keg Spirit Foundation. This initiative definitely exceeded my expectations of making a difference. As I keep growing in my career, I want to do more and give back as much as I can through my musical platform!

Let the readers know where to find you online.

You can find me on Instagram, Facebook, YouTube and more! My music is available on any platform you listen to like Spotify, Apple Music, and so forth! My website is ElyseSaunders.com -- make sure to sign up to my mailing list for freebies, exclusive news and more!! Thanks so much for listening and thank you to Find Your Inner Geek! Hope to see ya all at a show soon! - FindYouInnerGeek.ca

"Elyse Saunders releases video for “Feel You Leaving”"

Elyse Saunders releases video for “Feel You Leaving”
By Jenna Melanson on August 1, 2019
Toronto, ON-based alt-country artist, Elyse Saunders has released a video for her newest single, “Feel You Leaving”, which was produced by Shawn Moore and co-written by Saunders, Moore, and Doug Folkins.

Inspired by a dream in which Elyse woke up singing the melody, “Feel You Leaving” made the semi-finals of the 2018 International Songwriting Contest before its release earlier this July.

“Inspiration can strike in the most amazing ways and this song just so happened to start in a dream. I woke up singing the soaring melody and then the words, ‘let these waves crash over me, wash away our memories’. I didn’t want to lose it, so I recorded the idea in my phone, took it to my co-writers and we created ‘Feel You Leaving’. It is a pretty fitting first new release since the heart of the song is about letting go of your past and embracing what is to come. Dreams can tell us a lot about what we’re going through and this song needed to come out,” says Saunders.

Check out the video below, and keep up to date with Saunders via her socials. - Canadian Beats

"Country artist collects 1000 coats!!"

Country artist collects 1000 coats!!
This past December country artist Elyse Saunders could be seen dropping off gently used and new coats to agencies that provide for children, youth and adults in Mississauga and Oshawa. After hearing of the need for winter coats in communities and many not being able to afford the cost of buying one, Elyse wanted to use her platform with the help of her peers to bring people together through music and give back. November 27th Elyse hosted her 4TH annual WARM COATS WARM HEARTS Coat Drive & Concert at The Corral in Oshawa ON. She received support from her country music pals with special performances and KX96 radio host Peter Walker was the emcee. WARM COATS WARM HEARTS collected 500 coats in 2014 and Elyse is excited to announce that she reached her goal of 1000 coats for 2015. The concert was one of the many collaborative efforts that made this goal a reality, donations were not only given to Oshawa residence but to many Mississauga schools this year as well. Elyse very much appreciates the support she had from the ladies of Fight The Cold who helped make this possible. This January another event is in the works to celebrate and commence the 4th annual WARM COATS WARM HEARTS Coat Drive & Concert. - Canadian Country Music Association - Monthly Newsletter - 01/2016

"Elyse Saunders at WE DAY!"

Elyse Saunders at WE Day!
With the support of The Keg Spirit Foundation, Elyse Saunders is honored to be invited to speak at WE Day November 10th in Ottawa at The Canadian Tire Centre. Elyse will share her inspirational story of who she is, her mentors and how she's helping to make a difference using her musical platform. As WE Day makes it's way throughout Canada, the UK and the states this will be 1 of 14 stops celebrating youth who are making a difference in their local and global communities. This is an unparalleled event bringing together world-renowned speakers, A-list performers, and tens of thousands of youth to celebrate a year of action that transformed communities and changed lives. Go to www.weday.com for more details. - Canadian Country Music Association - Monthly Newsletter - 06/2015

"Christmas Goes Country Dec. 5"

Christmas Goes Country Dec. 5

PETERBOROUGH — What began with a chance encounter at the Canadian Country Music Awards culminates this weekend in a toy-collecting blitz with country music at its centre.

In September at the awards in Halifax, Peterborough native and country music singer-songwriter Elyse Saunders bumped into Trainwreck member Daryl Scott. Talk got around to sharing the stage at some point. That’s when Saunders broached the idea of returning to her hometown to perform, combining that with an effort to collect toys for the annual Country 105 Miracle Toy Drive.

So on Saturday night (Dec. 5) at The Bourbon Barrel Saloon, Saunders will be joined by Trainwreck and a number of country music artists. Things get underway at 8 p.m. at the bar, at King and George streets, right after the Peterborough Kinsmen Santa Claus Parade.

With admission being an unwrapped toy for the toy drive, country music fans can also expect performances by Peterborough native Alyssa Morrissey, Jesse Slack, James Barker, Brandon Scott of Cold Creek County, Nikki English and Keith Robertson of Western Avenue and Kansas Stone. Saunders hints at a few more guests dropping by.

In addition, the Havelock Country Jamboree has donated a four-day camping pass to the 2016 jamboree for a draw.

This event marks a continuation of Saunders’ efforts to assist those in need through her music. On Nov. 27 at The Corral in Oshawa, she hosted her fourth annual Warm Coats Warm Hearts coat drive and concert. Again, a number of her musical friends helped out the cause.

A graduate of Thomas A. Stewart, Saunders, 26, opted to follow her music dream as opposed to pursue her education at the post-secondary level. A key figure in her life at that time was Peterborough-based producer and songwriter Cyril Rawson, who worked with Saunders in his home-based studio and provided her with material for an initial Nashville recording session.

Now living in the GTA, and performing there for the most part, Saunders most recent recording is the album I’m On My Way. - Peterborough This Week

"Toronto Sun's Celebrity Spaces: Elyse Saunders"

Elyse Saunders is a multi-talented, alt-country, singer-songwriter, recording artist and performer who is impressing people on her path to fame and fortune.

Born in Peterborough, Ont., Saunders says her childhood was full of music. “My mom used to play the guitar and write songs. I was inspired by her growing up. My dad bought me my first karaoke machine. I would spend hours on that.”
At four-years-old, she attended the musical Wizard of Oz with her mother. “When the cast stood on stage to take a bow,” the extroverted Saunders stood up and yelled, “I want to do that, I’m going to do that.”
Saunders has been writing songs and singing since she was seven. “When I turned seventeen; I decided I wanted to turn my passion for music into a professional pursuit.”
As luck and hard work would have it, Saunders’ first break came when she started working with a local producer who had ties to Nashville. At just 18-years-old, she released her debut self-titled CD in Nashville.
“As soon as the CD was completed I had the opportunity to open for country artist Deric Ruttan.”
Saunders just released her second album, I’m On My Way (www.elysesaunders.com).
“I would love to be able to share my music on an international level and to be able to touch all kinds of people with music and my story.”
Saunders invited Celebrity Spaces into her home.
Q: How would you describe your home in two words?
A: Multi-purpose.
Q: Tell us about your home.
A: My home life is split between my Richmond Hill condo and my Mississauga home on my Dad’s sailboat. The condo unit is about 900-square-feet. It has an open concept living room and kitchen, one bedroom, one bath and lots of light.
The 1973 vintage sailboat is just the right size for me to stay. I am inspired by being on the water and in nature; it is where I clear my mind as a songwriter.
Q: What attracted you to this space?
A: My condo is clean, bright and safe. The sailboat is a fun getaway for when I need quiet times.
Q: Who shares this home?
A: My condo life is shared with my sweet boyfriend and two cats who are named after the country singers, Dolly Parton and Minnie Pearl. My sailboat life is with my Dad; who is very supportive in what I do.
Q: How much time do you spend at home?
A: Not too much, I do a lot of travelling, either to Nashville, or to wherever this music journey takes me next.
Q: What is your favourite room and why?
A: My living room. It’s where I spend my time being creative. It’s also where I keep all of my music gear!
Q: How would you describe your decorating style?
A: I would describe my decorating style as a-work-in-progress. As my album title says “I’m On My Way”. Most of the money I make goes into my music business and equipment but my space is functional, comfortable and clean.
Q: What is your fondest memory in this home?
A: My homes are used for multi purposes — they are my office and my place to unwind!
Q: What’s the one item in this house you can’t live without?
A: My laptop connects me to my music world.
Q: Weekends at home, what are we most likely to find you doing?
A: To be honest, weekends at home are pretty rare for me. Weekends are a prime time for my shows and work.
Q: If your walls could talk, what would they say?
A: My walls would probably sing, they hear a lot of music. - Toronto Sun

"Elyse Saunders is a Canadian artist who lives for good health"

[..]Multi-talented Canadian singer/songwriter Elyse Saunders is as devoted to her music as is to living health. The Mississauga Ont., resident is a rising country star who makes time to follow a healthy lifestyle despite a hectic schedule of writing and performing that other have proved unable to manage. In a phone interview, Saunders was charming as she talked about her accomplishments in the highly competitive music industry and how her way of life keeps her mentally sharp to face her professional challenges. Saunders also shared one on her favourite recipes here. She began, "I was inspired (to sing) by...[..] - Sherbrooke Record

"Elyse Saunders in Mississauga News"

Young singer mixes classics with New Country

All country artists aspire to record in Nashville. But at 23, Peterborough product Elyse Saunders has already been there and done that — not to mention earning some airplay, and positive reviews north AND south of the border.
She’s doing songs from that promising 2008 self-titled debut at Caven’s Alley Bar this Saturday, balanced out by a mix of Classic Country (Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn), and New Country (Leanne Rimes, Gretchen Wilson, Martina McBride, Shania Twain).
“For this show, it’s mostly covers. I just want the people to get familiar with me first. When I get some new stuff recorded, I will be showcasing (more originals),” she says from her Richmond Hill home.
“There’s some stuff with a rock edge, but I make it more into country. Something I love to do is take guy songs and turn them into girl songs, because you can add more originality – like (Dwight Yoakam’s) Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc., (Lynyrd Skynyrd’s) Sweet Home Alabama, or the (Rolling Stones’) Wild Horses.”
Assembled earlier this year, her band includes Richard Henderson on lap steel guitar, Dustin Olyan on electric and acoustic guitar, Mississauga’s Don Hart on bass, and Phil Michael on drums. She finds people, “really enjoy the energy we bring on stage.”
Saunders guested with The Meteors’ last month at Lake Affect. And their singer Joe Reynolds came away, “very impressed”.
“She started off the night quiet and apprehensive, but by the end she was right up front (taking command),” he says. “Her voice is very pure, very honest.”
Saunders has a well-established mentor in Peterborough/Nashville songwriter and producer Cyril Rawson. He took her to Music City, and produced her debut there with, “all awesome players”.
“It was Cyril who said to me, 'Whatever genre you choose, make sure it’s what’s in your heart',” she says.“Country is a little more real and down to earth. With pop, you always have to change and be this other person.”
The proverbial total package of looks, personality, and talent, she’s now getting a management team in place with hopes of a label or distribution deal. And while her first CD was all co-writes between Rawson and others, she will be penning the follow-up.
“I’m excited, because these songs will be even more relatable for me,” she adds. “I find with country, what makes a good song is telling the story, but then you kind of just take the song and make it into a cool title, or something.”
Showtime is 9:30 p.m. at Caven’s Alley Bar, 585 Lakeshore Rd. E. (at Cawthra Rd.).
On the town tonight: Tony Paglia plays his weekly show at Ten; Kirt Godwin hosts the acoustic open mic at Spice.
Friday: Phaze delivers Classic Rock at the Lionheart; Better Half appears at the Franklin House; 24th Street Wailers hit Lake Affect; Love & LeBlanc play acoustic pop at the Abbey Road.
Friday and Saturday it’s Julian Taylor at Failte, Eastern Storm at the Army Navy & Armed Forces Veterans Centre.
Saturday: Rodrigo Chavez does guitar instrumentals at Cantina Mexicana; The Descendants rock the Clarkson Pump; Redder resumes its afternoon jam at Port Credit Legion.
Sunday: Dave Barrow does his matinee show at Shore 71; Kevin Phillips hosts his weekly show at Mulligan’s.
Monday: Tom Barlow and John Bride jam at The Harp; Phil & John play acoustic rock covers at Roc ‘N Doc’s.
- Mississauga News- Mike Beggs

"Elyse Saunders’ “Warm Coats Warm Hearts” Coat Drive & Concert continues to grow"

Country Music Association of Ontario writes about Elyse Saunders 3rd Annual "Warm Coats Warm Hearts" Coat Drive & Concert and other exciting things in the works. - Country Music Association of Ontario - November 2014

""Music On The Rise" Feature Article"

Elyse Saunders was featured in The Wire Magazine for "Music On The Rise" 2013. There is a copy of the magazine online. Check out page 20. - The Wire Magazine- Page 20

"Elyse Saunders Benefit Concert Article"

On Sunday, November 24th Canadian country songstress and humanitarian, Elyse Saunders and Music Mentor Productions held their second annual "Warm Coats Warm Hearts" Benefit Concert at Revival Bar. Admission to the event was a gently used or new coat/winter wear, with the goal to raise coats to be distributed to a select group of agencies: Eva's Initiatives, New Circles and Jessie's Centre to help those in need. Eva's Initiatives helps get troubled and at risk youth off the streets with shelter and programs to help them get off the streets permanently, New Circles welcomes families and new families into Canada by providing assistance with clothing and other resources and Jessie's House provides shelter and help for teenage mothers and their children.

The venue was decorated for the event to give a warm and intimate feel. Revival Bar is so versatile, they have had so many different kind of acts and artists there all the way from Justin Timberlake, famous DJ's, and many country artists, one being George Canyon. CMT has hosted many live to air events there as well.

The evening involved an array of music from several artists and was hosted by magician and MC "Baldini". Arlene Paculan and Kat Leonard opened the night with their duo act which a combination of hilarious and soulful music. Arlene is a soulful story teller and Kat is a musical comedian. They go back and forth between being serious and fun!

Donna Ferra, whose soulful voice always grabs you, also performed. She is a singer songwriter and has released 7 singles to Country radio. She always brings a fun energy to her performances along with great songs!

Elyse Saunders also performed and did an arrangement of her own, recently written songs and one she just recorded called "Just Like Mama" which will be featured on her upcoming new EP. She gave copy giveaways of the song in raffle baskets. Elyse also covered a bunch of fun songs that she is best known for through youtube and also performed her Christmas single "Warm Christmas" which was inspired by the event. (Check it out HERE) Peter Linseman played acoustic for Elyse's set and also helped organize the event with Elyse, "Music Mentor Productions". Richard Henderson accompanied Elyse on Lap Steel and James Burton on drums.

Elyse Saunders will also be releasing her winter single "Warm Christmas". Elyse co-wrote the song last year with Peter Linseman in support of the event and wanted to give the message that Christmas isn't all about the presents to spend it with your loved ones, to enjoy the little things and to give a hand to those who need it. The "Warm" part of the song represents love. It was inspired by this event with the message of not taking things for granted and appreciating the little things and people in your life.

Kiri and Dane Hartsell, a Universal Music Artist, also did some songs together, as well as performing separately and they did an arrangement of unique and soulful covers. Kiri performed beautifully while singing with her guitar and Dane did some really nice harmonies. After Kiri finished up Dane did a bunch of his own originals and a cover he is well known for "Superstition", all accompanying himself on guitar as well. Dane's performance had a lot of romantic, touching and soulful material.

"I was very happy with how the whole night went as there was a lot of planning involved and we were into our second year. We put together about 5 raffle baskets and had a silent auction. Martoni Coats & Jackets (www.martoni.ca) a local designer from North York donated about 25 coats which were adult and children size for the cause. We will be giving all of the jackets collected to a few agencies in Toronto. We had a speaker from each agency come and speak on behalf of their agency and to let people know what they do and where peoples coats will be going," said Elyse. "We had a great audience considering it was freezing the day of November 24th and they were so supportive!

At the end of the night all of the artists, musicians and MC all joined in to sing "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" a Christmas carol to leave everyone feeling great!

The event collected over 100 coats and they are still collecting until sometime in the first week of December. If anyone would still like to donate any gently used coats of any size they can contact musicmentor@rogers.com - "She's Gone Country"

"Elyse Saunders "Warm Coats Warm Hearts"- CMAO Newsletter Article"

Elyse Saunders is a talented artist and humanitarian who believes that music is a great way to bring people together for a greater cause. Throughout her past elementary and high school years, Elyse saw many kids come to school without proper winter clothing and how much it would affect them socially and physically. After researching further, Elyse discovered the foundation and the dire need for winter coats in many communities was confirmed. “Health experts report that even a 2- degree drop in body temperature results in reduced heart rate, loss of coordination, and confusion. Adults cannot work effectively and children find it difficult to learn. For most, a warm coat solves the problem and for those living in poverty, it’s a luxury item.”

After researching and seeing the need for winter coats, Elyse came up with the idea to create an annual event and invite some of her music friends to perform at local venues. In return for great entertainment, Elyse would ask audience members to bring a winter coat and/or clothing as admission. In 2012, “Warm Coats Warm Hearts” was born and has now become an official annual benefit concert and coat drive, produced in conjunction with charitable organization www.OneWarmCoat.org and production company Music Mentor Productions. A national single release & video of the original song “Warm Christmas” http://youtu.be/9xz9gc0CE7w, written by Elyse Saunders and Peter Linseman, was inspired by the cause in 2012 and will be re-released each year for the annual “Warm Coats Warm Hearts” campaign. “Warm Christmas” is not only benefitting this campaign, it is also helping to entertain Canadian Troops around the world this year. “Warm Christmas” has been selected for the “Christmas From Home” compilation CD created by CMAO members OldToad & TheLady, which is sent to our Canadian troops stationed around the world! Elyse is in good company with additional tracks from Anne Murray, The Good Brothers, Jason McCoy, Tim Hicks, etc.

Last year was the first year for the “Warm Coats Warm Hearts” campaign and The Orbit Room in Toronto was the hosting venue. With only a month to organize, Elyse was able to collect 72 coats for children, youth & adults. With the generous support of local sponsor Martoni Coats & Jackets, 30 designer coats went to struggling youth at Eva’s Initiatives; perfect attire for a professional appearance when trying to get back into the work force. Martoni Coats & Jackets will be a returning sponsor. The first year was a great success. The local agencies Eva’s Initiatives http://www.evasinitiatives.com/2013/01/08/warm-coats-warm-hearts-delivers/ and Hope for Children Fund were very happy with the end results!

This year, “Warm Coats Warm Hearts” Benefit Concert will be held on Sun Nov 24th at hosting venue The Revival Bar in the new edition Stone Lounge, with a goal to raise 200 coats which will be distributed to a select group of agencies that Elyse felt were doing amazing things: Eva’s Initiatives (providing shelter for homeless and at-risk youth to get them off the streets permanently through services and programs), New Circles (providing clothing and more to families in need) and Jessie’s Centre (providing clothing, services, housing and more to teen mothers and their children.) The incredible magician Baldini will be the MC with performances by Elyse Saunders, Donna Ferra, Arlene Paculan, Kat Leonard, Kiri and Universal Music headliner Dane Hartsell.

We’re well into 2013 and with the cold winter upon us, Elyse and her team are carefully planning for this year’s event. She is also asking companies to donate items for a silent auction and for the “Warm Coats Warm Hearts” gift baskets that would include items like mitts, scarves, hats, mugs, wine, chocolate etc. There will also be Toronto Maple Leaf themed baskets, as well as Amsterdam Beer themed baskets provided by sponsor Amsterdam Brewery. Any company that can raise 10 gently used or new coats will also be well celebrated. In exchange for your kindness Elyse will automatically add your brand’s logo to the poster and promo. Elyse and Music Mentor Productions have a strong online social community. This event will be shared and has scheduled appearances on Rogers TV, Daytime, provincial and national print media, etc.
If you would be interested in donating to the cause, please contact Peter at 416-520-2356 or musicmentorproductions@gmail.com.

“Warm Coats Warm Hearts” came from humble beginnings and one inspiring idea. Help us grow by coming out to support your community with Elyse Saunders and friends…your heart will thank you for it. See you there!
- Country Music Association of Ontario

"Performance Review from Scarborough Ribfest"

Date: August 11, 2012
Despite the record breaking temperatures, Scarborough Ribfest in Scarborough Ontario has had another successful year with lot's of sunshine, rib vendors, fairway rides, and other festivities! The entertainment at this 3 day festival is a big attraction and the highlight this year was country artist Elyse Saunders! Elyse made a positive impact at this year's festival where she played for 2 hours with her band in front of 1000's of people. The audience loved her powerful performance, hearing a variety of material including country classics, new country hits, rock & roll and some of her original radio singles. Fans lined up in between sets to talk to Elyse, getting CD's autographed, purchasing posters, etc. and Elyse makes sure to talk to every single fan! Her smooth vocals, energetic performance and movie star looks were shining brightly at the Scarborough Ribfest. Organizer Buddy Ibe has already asked her back for next year. Trying to keep cool, the audience members relaxed in shaded sitting areas in front of the stage, and Elyse's fun performance made the heat a little more bearable. Speaking with Elyse about the day, she jokes - "In this heat, it was like running a marathon on stage! I really enjoyed performing at the Scarborough Ribfest... this was my first year and it was a lot of fun! The stage was great and the people made my experience even better. It was nice to see such a supportive and fun crowd!" Just back from another successful songwriting trip to Nashville, Elyse is currently writing and recording her new album. She will be releasing and performing her new material soon, so keep an eye out for it.

http://countrymusicnewsinternational.blogspot.de/2012/08/scarborough-ribfest-in-scarborough.html - Country Music News International

"Elyse Saunders "On The Horizon" with CCMA"

Ever since she was young Elyse Saunders knew she wanted to pursue a career in music when she got older. The Peterborough, Ontario native grew up listening to her Mom play guitar and sing Country music which was a huge part of her life growing up -- as Elyse puts it, “Country music is the roots of where I was born and where I grew up”.

Elyse’s talent for songwriting has given her the opportunity to work with some of Country music’s most talented songwriters. “One of my most memorable co-writing experiences so far was with Daryl Burgess whom I wrote with at SOCAN’s Nashville House on my last trip. I stayed at his place and we got to write on the last day of my trip – it was a huge opportunity for me because he has written with many of the people I grew up listening to and who I look up to.” Some of Elyse’s musical influences are artists she grew up listening to; Patsy Cline, Alanis Morrisette, Dolly Parton, Whitney Houston, Shania Twain and Faith Hill.

With Elyse’s career developing so quickly it’s hard for her to narrow down one of her biggest achievements so far, “things are always changing but it was great working getting to work with some of the people I have been able to”. When asked who she would choose if she had the chance to write with anyone Elyse said it would have to be Dolly Parton, “I think she would make you feel really comfortable and she’s pioneer of Country music”.

Elyse is currently in the process of creating her next album, “I’m On My Way”, which is set to be released next summer and her 5th national single “Warm Christmas”, written by Elyse and Peter Linseman, was just released to radio with a video directed by Derek Mok coming soon. “Warm Christmas” was inspired by a very important cause she has been busy raising awareness about – the One Warm Coat Foundation. Elyse will be holding a coat drive and benefit concert, “Warm Coats, Warm Hearts”, alongside a few of her Country music friends on Saturday, December 8, 2012 at the Orbit Room in Toronto. The event is being sponsored by M A R T O N I Coats and Jackets who will be donating 20-30 coats to the event and guests are asked to bring a gently used coat for admission or if that’s not possible there will also be a “Donate What You Can” admission at the door with proceeds going toward the purchase of more coats.

With such a big heart and a passion for her music it’s easy to see why so many people are falling in love with Elyse Saunders!

For more information about the Warm Coats, Warm Hearts benefit concert please visit: http://www.facebook.com/events/432984003416945/

For more information on the One Warm Coat Foundation please visit: http://onewarmcoat.org/


Elyse Saunders, originally from Peterborough, Ontario, now calls Toronto home, where she is blazing her trail on the country music map. Elyse’s beautiful voice & solid sound earned her a 2012 Toronto Independent Music Award (TIMA) nomination for Best Country Artist. Elyse’s idea to work with the One Warm Coat Foundation has spawned an entire campaign which includes the national single release of "Warm Christmas", a video directed by Derek Mok and a benefit concert "Warm Coats Warm Hearts Country Benefit" at The Orbit Room in Toronto on Dec 8th, 2012. "Warm Christmas" written by Elyse Saunders & Peter Linseman also marks the 5th national single release by Elyse.

Currently cultivating her skills as a songwriter, Elyse is traveling back and forth between Nashville and Toronto, writing and recording her new album with hit writers like Bernie Nelson (Kenny Chesney, Wynonna), Shawn Christian (Roots Three Music), Tim Taylor (Multiple CCMA Award Winner), Daryl Burgess (Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Alanis Morrisette), Joel Parkes (American Idol Songwriter, Universal Music Publishing) and more.

With a succession of singles coming in the New Year from Elyse's new album "I'm On My Way", there will be no stopping Elyse, as she forges on performing throughout Ontario at a variety of festivals, clubs and fundraisers including a monthly show at Caven’s Alley in Mississauga. She’s currently working with manager Peter Linseman owner of Music Mentor Productions and is an official Building Bands artist; donating her time to help raise money, providing instruments and music lessons for at risk youth.

Elyse is no stranger to consistent hard work and dedication; along with her unique talent and abilities, Elyse is the “whole package” and has what it takes to make it in the top of the industry!

For more information, visit: www.elysesaunders.com. - CCMA Newsletter

"The Toronto Independent Music Awards- Best Country Nominee Interview"

Raz Mataz Magazine
Meet Nominee for Best Country- Elyse Saunders

About the nominated track/album:
The process of the track I submitted was from my first experience recording an album. I worked with some of the greatest people in country music and was lucky to be able to get an amazing start to my career. I recorded the songs in Nashville, TN. which was another huge moment for me because I was surrounded by only the best people who were all working with me to create great music and I was in Music City, it was surreal. The material I recorded made such an impact on my growth as a vocalist and songwriter, as well. I continue to grow from everyone else good that are still coming into my life but that process was my first experience at moving to a professional level and will always be exciting for me. I chose that song for submission because it had such a professional and fun quality to it that I was confident the listener would appreciate.

What makes good music?
I think good music is when the listener believes what the song is telling them and how genuine the singer is. A listener will connect to a song that is genuine and coming from a real emotional place that touches their heart in some way. It has to be pleasant to the ear, unique, fresh and relatable. Everything that goes into the song to back up the vocalist and words must also be professional, smooth and finely tuned so that everything flows to create that perfect moment.

Future plans:
My plans for the future are to continue to grow as an artist, performer and writer. I am currently writing new material with great people in Nashville and Toronto to create a new EP or album. I also plan to do a lot more performing to get my music heard. I want to be able to work with more awesome people who will all be a part of helping me to grow and hopefully be a part of my team in some way. I want to also do some music related video projects as it's always been something of interest to me and I think it helps a listener to connect to what I'm doing even further. At some point I'd also like to do some more radio releases and radio tours.

Last words:
I appreciate everyone who has been a part of my journey so far and I'm having a lot of fun doing it. I hope I can continue to have so many positive things happening my life and thank you to all who have been so supportive in this music world of mine! And thank you to Raz Mataz Magazine for your interest in me as an one of the artists for Toronto Independent Music Awards.
- Raz Mataz Magazine

"Comments from some of the industry"

“Upon listening to Elyse's version of our song " Nobody's Watchin’ " I was taken in by the husky soulful tone she has. It's that kind of voice that makes you believe in what the singer is saying. And Damn!makes you feel good Having co-written the song with Cyril , I also sang the guide demo which can become a staple in one's mind. Elyse performance showed taste for the arrangement and vocally added her own soulful flair. That's what count's." I dig Elyse's Vibe.”

John Acosta Pop RnB Latin- Artist/Songwriter Producer SKY-Canadian Idol- myspace.com

“I recently had the pleasure of working with Elyse Saunders at County Q Studios in Nashville and she was a real pro! She showed up extremely well prepared and ready to work hard to make her vocal performances shine. Elyse's voice has a soulful quality with cool phrasing and a maturity beyond her years.”

Rob Matson Recording Engineer County Q Productions Nashville, Tennessee

"I recorded with Elyse recently and she is incredible. I was very impressed with the originality of her voice. She has her own style and sound, and has that rare ability and talent to communicate with the listener. I've often thought that is the most important part of a singer's art; the recognition by the audience that the singer believes in what they're singing, so the listener can believe in the singer. Elyse certainly has that ability and it shows in her performances. She's a rare talent and will make quite an impact in the entertainment world."

Glen Duncan Grammy Award Winner, recorded with: Shania Twain, Elton John, Tim McGraw, Mark Knopfler, Dolly Parton, George Strait, Don Henley, Johnny Cash, George Jones, Emmylou Harris, Bill Monroe, Melissa Ethredge, Roy Rogers, Faith Hill, Brad Paisley, Randy Travis, Earl Scruggs, Will The Circle Be Unbroken 3, Merle Haggard, Patty Loveless, Marty Stuart, Billy Bob Thorton, Travis Tritt, and hundreds of others.

“I loved Elyse's version of "Paris is Burning" she sang the song like she wrote it. She made it her own and sang it from the heart. I loved her performance on the song.” Thanx Gary

Gary Breit Toronto based Singer/Songwriter and keyboard player for Bryan Adams, co-writer of Paris Is Burning.

"Canada has produced some great female singers over the years and I have been lucky enough to have been able to work in the studio with several of them, including Lisa Brokop, Carolyn Dawn Johnson, Michelle Wright to name a few. I have also had the good fortune of having songs of mine recorded by some other Canadian female greats, most notably, Anne Murray and Alannah Myles. All of these great singers had some special quality about them that set them apart from the rest. I think Canada is about to add another young singer to that list. After working with Elyse Saunders in the studio recently, I watched a young girl go in a few short months from just being one of the rest to stepping in to that category with those few that really have that something special, that unique sound that has a way of pulling you in to a song and making you listen. She has evolved from just being a singer to becoming an artist that I am confident people will want to listen to for years to come. The comments on her pure warm and soulful tone that I have had from people in the industry along with my co-writers and musicians on the sessions, are all the same... What a great voice"

Cyril Rawson Songwriter/producer

“It's always nice to see someone so young with so much potential. It may have been her first time in the studio but it's obvious that she's a quick study by the way she handled herself with such maturity. The future is bright for Elyse!”

Lisa Brokop Singer/Songwriter/Recording Artist

"Americans have been inspired by Canadian artists for decades. Elyse Saunder's talent rises from that great tradition. These recordings reveal depth and maturity. She's a star in the making."

Steven Sheehan Recorded with: Pam Tillis, Kathy Matten, Trisha Yearwood, Dirks Bentley, Montgomery Gentry, Rodney Atkins. Toured with: The Judds, Randy Travis and Trisha Yearwood.
- Country Music Greats

"Radio Review 2011"

"Elyse Saunders is on the road to stardom. She has an unforgettable voice but more importantly
she has the desire and drive to be the best. Her first CD is catchy and beautifully put together. You
don't have to be a country fan to enjoy her CD. She's been in the music industry over two years now
and is only going to get better over time. She's young, beautifu, and extremely talented and the sky
is the limit for Elyse."
Nicholas Pescod - Host of Radio Nation - Nicholas Pescod

"CD Review Maverick Magazine"

Hi Elyse

I am a big fan of your CD and think it is amazing as are you. So much so that I have put together a review of the CD, which I have just tonight emailed to Maverick magazine. Maverick magazine is a music magazine published in the UK that covers country, roots, Americana, folk and music on the fringe. I have enclosed a copy of my review for you to read. I gave your album a five out of five star rating also.

A talent to be reckoned with
Born and raised in Ontario, Elyse Saunders a nineteen year old fresh faced female singer/songwriter who has always had a passion for music. Elyse made her debut performance opening for Deric Ruttan in July 2008, at a venue packed full of over 10,000 country music fans. Experienced singer/songwriter Cyril Rawson took Elyse under his wing and helped her develop her talent for singing. The end result being a self-titled album packed with thirteen fantastic tracks. Compared with the likes of Shania Twain and Carrie Underwood, Elyse effortlessly switches from soulful slow numbers to fast paced racy numbers that really stand out from the crowd. Elyse is not just another pretender to the female country throne she is the real deal. The album starts off with a lively rocky number entitled Mamma Hates Guitars. This is one of those tracks that really packs a punch – not for the faint hearted. Don’t Touch Me Like That follows on in the same vain as the opening track. Another rocky number, which sounds highly polished. Bittersweet sees the mood slowed down just a little. Elyse really shines on this emotional number reminiscent in style and sound of Martina McBride. Long Enough is a gritty song that sees Elyse change down another gear. This is one of those songs that will get under your skin. Army of Angels is a really upbeat number that allows Elyse to show off her vocals talents to their full potential. A future single I would suggest, it is certainly striking enough to be a big hit! Try It On For Size is another fast number. Where I’ve Never Been is a slow number, delicate in style. Sally’s Out Rocking Tonight is a classy song with a truly modern pop/country vibe. Nobody’s Watchin’ was the first radio release from this album and it is easy to see why. A pop infused song with a dash of country thrown in for good measure. This is a catchy number that will easily appeal to fans of top notch modern country. Paris Is Burning is a truly amazing song, tender and soulful. Elyse sounds much older than her nineteen years on this outstanding track. Love Re-Invented sees the tempo lifted once again. Yet another good quality song. What’s Stoppin’ You has a slight old fashioned sound about it, which is echoed in the use of instrumentation on this song. The album ends in a similar style to how it started with a punchy track entitled More Of That, the newest radio single off of the album. I can hear echoes of Dolly Parton’s vocals in this final song. Let’s just hope that Elyse is allowed to grow and develop her musical talents and have as long a career as Dolly. Elyse has had the opportunity to work with some great names in producing this album. One such name is Canadian Lisa Brokop who appears on this album providing background vocals. This album is suited more to the tastes of people who like the modern more lively side of country music. Elyse is certainly a talent and force to be reckoned with. All the songs on this album are superb, not one let’s the quality of the album down!

- Sara

"Saunders' musical journey takes a huge stride"

Date: 2009-01-20
By Paul Rellinger
In Cyril Rawson’s opinion, three words sum up the evolution of Elyse Saunders as a singer -- “She gets it.”
With Saunders, 19, having just released her self-titled debut country music CD, Rawson, a widely-acclaimed country music producer and songwriter, is nothing short of thrilled with the Peterborough teen’s progress.
“It’s very gratifying...Elyse has worked very hard and that’s made it very easy for me,” note Rawson, who has worked the better part of the last year with her in his Peterborough-based studio.
“Elyse is not a karaoke singer anymore. She now has a very good understanding of the difference between being a professional and someone who simply has a passing interest in being a good singer.
“She knows what she does well and she will focus on that.”
Recorded at County ‘Q’ Productions in Nashville over the course of two visits to the country music mecca, Saunders’ 13-track CD -- all of the songs were written or co-written by Rawson -- is available locally at Moondance.
However, more notable than that, its debut single, More Of That, is perking up the ears of those who matter -- radio station programmers.
Peterborough-based Country 105 is among those stations with a copy in hand.
“I’m really happy with it,” enthuses Saunders, noting 11 stations so far have picked up the single for airplay.
Locally, country music fans may remember Saunders from her July 2008 Festival of Lighs performance at Del Crary park, opening for Deric Ruttan.
“I’ve found that my voice is always growing...I’m finding out new things I can do with my voice,” says Saunders.
That self-discovery, notes Rawson, is buoyed by Saunders’ being “very prepared” to work hard.
“The single (More Of That) is what I describe as a ditty; it’s an up tempo, feel-good song.
“You want to peak come the summer. This is the safest song for her to put out at this time.”
Ahead for Saunders is a new challenge -- perfecting her live perfomance persona.
“I really want to get out there...that’s really going to be a focus.”
For more on Elyse Saunders or to order her CD online, visit www.elysesaunders.com
- Paul Rellinger/Peterborough This Week

"CD Review / Peterborough This Week"


Date: 2009-02-05
Elyse Saunders • Elyse Saunders

This debut CD from Elyse Saunder delivers in terms of what more and more are finding out: the 19- year-old Peterborough teen is blessed with a uniquely soulful voice that gives her country music songs a sweet fullness.
More Of That is the single but I’m partial to Long Enough. Can’t go wrong either way, though.
- Paul Rellinger

"Music City Muse / CD Review"

She certainly won't be a small-town girl for long. Elyse Saunders, a Peterborough, Ontario native, released her self-titled, 13-track debut album at a pretty inspiring time. In an industry full of artists such as Taylor Swift, Miranda Lambert and Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles, Saunders could eventually manage to fit right in among the top blondes in country music today.

To become a top artist, one must have a few essentials on their premiere album: the sweet, the swag and the innocent. Saunders has all of that, and then some. Her songs "Long Enough" and "Bittersweet" are beautiful ballads about young love, while her song "Try it on for Size" is fun, upbeat, and centers around a topic almost every woman can relate to — getting even with men. It's even pretty reminiscent of Kelly Pickler's infamous "Red High Heels."

Saunders has a bright future ahead of her, but it all begins with this album. Everyone remembers their first ... and she should certainly revel in it.

http://www.themusiccitymuse.com/albumreviews/elysesaunders.htm - Meghan Shapiro

"Album Review / January 2009"

Elyse Saunders
Indie (No Number)
Produced by: Cyril Rawson
(13 Selections – Playing Time 48:26)

Peterborough, Ontario-based singer Elyse Saunders makes her recording debut with this 13 song collection of tunes produced and written or cowritten by Cyril Rawson, long one of the most prolific music creators in the Canadian country scene.
The album has already served up a nationally charted single in Nobody’s Watchin’…and there’s a bunch more here that should attract similar airplay and interest. Listen for the catchy country/pop tune Try It On For Size, the sultry Love Re-Invented and the love ditty What’s Stoppin’ You to be among the standouts.
There’s also plenty of variety in styles – we get country/rockers in Sally’s Rockin’ Out Tonight and Mama Hates Guitars, both potential radio picks; while Army of Angels has a neat tempo swing from moody to ballsy, which is certain to attract ear attention.
There’s also no shortage of country/pop, found in tunes like Bitter Sweet, Don’t Touch Me Like That and More OF That.
The album was produced by Cyril Rawson in Nashville studios by fellow Canucks Lisa Brokop and David Martin.

For info /copies visit:
- Larry Delaney / Country Music News


Feel You Leaving - Elyse Saunders (single) 2019

Me Too - Elyse Saunders (single) 2018

Rise - Elyse Saunders (single) 2017

I'm On My Way - Elyse Saunders 2015 (album)                                                            
  1. That's Where I'm Comin' From
  2. Heavens Hills
  3. Just Like Mama
  4. Nobody Wins A Fight
  5. Whatcha Wanna Be
  6. Something Something
  7. Only For You
  8. All Kinds of Crazy 
  9. Stuck
  10. I'm On My Way                                                                                  

Self Titled Album: Elyse Saunders 2008 (album)
1. Mama Hates Guitars (3:35)
2. Don't Touch me Like That (3:48)
3. Bitter Sweet (4:10)
4. Long Enough (4:18)
5. Army Of Angels (4:03)
6. Try It On For Size (4:23)
7. Where I've Never Been (3:34)
8. Sally's Rockin' Out Tonight (3:11)
9. Nobody's Watchin' (3:15)
10. Paris Is Burning (3:20)
11. Love Re-invented (4:00)
12. What's Stoppin' You (3:31)
13. More Of That (3:16)



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 and regularly captivates 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, Elyse Saunders will put the build up of anticipation into action with the summer digital and radio release of her new single, “Free” – from acclaimed producer Dan Swinimer – accompanied by a new vlog series to pull the curtain back on her new direction. These initiatives promise to set the stakes higher for Elyse as she enters this rewarding phase of her ambitious career.


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