Elyssa Mahoney

Elyssa Mahoney

 Ottawa, Ontario, CAN
BandBluesJazz

Born in '93, performing since '97, hundreds of events. New CD June 6 '08, debut CD '05, Maple Blues Awards nominee, original material, '07 International Blues Challenge semi-finalist. Powerful, soulful voice, bilingual, stage presence. Lucas Haneman, BRILLIANT guitarist. VIDEO @www.elyssamahoney.ca

Biography

Synopsis
* “she’s got the soul.... she’s got rhythm...she’s got spirit... she’s going to be the next big thing”. Curtis Fuller and Fathead Newman, Nov. 17, 2007

* “By far one of the most natural, wonderful talents that I’ve come across in a long, long time”
Jeff Healey, June 30 2005

Performing recorded artist/singer/songwriter Elyssa Mahoney has been singing publicly for over 10 years. It began in JK and by the time she was in Kindergarten she was doing her own 30 minutes sets at Ottawa’s Agricultural Fair called Super Ex. She would continue this event annually for the following six years. By the time Elyssa was ten, she had her own band. At 12, Elyssa released her debut full length CD, called Try To See Me Like That which garnered Elyssa a New Artist Of the Year Award nomination at Canada’s Maple Blues Awards and sold in countries around the world. It featured guest performances by artists such as Jeff Healey and Chuck Jackson (Downchild Blues Band)

Elyssa has given hundreds of shows including: performances at festivals such as the Ottawa’s Bluesfest, Mont-Tremblant Festival du Blues, Festival of The Islands, four consecutive years at the Southside Shuffle Jazz and Blues Festival, so many other festivals and events across Ontario to NB with stops in Upstate NY; competing in Memphis TN in the International Blues Challenge as the Eastern Ontario representative; opening and guest performances with bands like Jeff Healey Blues Band and The Jeff Healey Jazz Wizards, members of the Downchild Blues Band, the James Cotton Blues Band (who played with blues legend Muddy Waters amongst others), David “Fathead” Newman (who toured with Ray Charles for 12 years), Curtis Fuller (member of bands such as Miles Davis and John Coltrane); earning numerous awards and scholarships in pop (blues/jazz), musical theatre and classical competition , and so much more. Elyssa’s activities have received much appreciated media attention in numerous radio, television and newspaper interviews and features.

Ironically, Elyssa’s vocal training is classical, which she has studied since the age of 5. It is credited for helping to develop Elyssa’s entire vocal range (just under 3 octaves now). She’s accomplished in various styles of blues and jazz, 60’s R&B, soul, and classical (soprano voice) with repertoire in five languages.

Elyssa’s collaborative spirit has led to her working with national award winning guitarist Lucas Haneman. A founding member of the Ottawa band Epiphane, Lucas brings a broad stylistic approach and genuine knowledge of music to the table.
Elyssa and Lucas have performed numerous duos, trios or full band formats together. Their mission is to bring the music out of music.

Elyssa and Lucas have also been co-writing songs and released their first CD together in 2008. The majority of the album comprised their own originals with valuable input from their Co-Producer Ken Friesen who has worked with bands such as Great Big Sea, The Tragically Hip and Blue Rodeo.

Elyssa’s honest, soulful vocals, with her appreciation of the lyric, and Lucas’ endless energy, intricacy and impressive range of style and tone on the guitar combine to bring music lovers something truly unique.

It’s been an exciting journey for a young girl in tough industry, but she’s in it for keeps. Honing her skills, always pushing the envelope and working with musicians who just bring out the best in her, makes for a win win situation for everybody.

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Elyssa Mahoney est née pour divertir!

Depuis l'âge de 4 ans et demi, cette petite fille née en 1993 a su, malgré son jeune âge, faire trembler les foules avec son surcroît d'énergie et sa puissante voix.

Elyssa a diverti plusieurs milliers d'enfants et d'adultes avec ses propres spectacles au Super Ex (de 1999 à 2004), à Bleusfest 2004, au festival international du blues à Mont-Tremblant, au festival du blues et jazz Southside Shuffle à Port Credit, Ontario, au festival canadien des tulipes, dans plusieurs festivales et fêtes locales, événements communautaires et levées de fonds partout à travers la région de la capitale nationale, du Niagara au baie de fundy et même aus États Unis.

Elyssa est nominée en 2005 Nouvelle artiste de l'année aux Maple Blues Awards suite au lancement de son premier album intitulé Try To See Me Like That

Cela fait huit ans qu'elle est participante (et gagnante!) au Festival de musique Kiwanis dans la région d'Ottawa. En 2007 elle receva le trophé Stephanie Hamilton-Donegan Memorial Trophyen chant classique gagnante parmi les competiteurs de 16 ans et moins. Lors d'une de ses meilleures performances, en 2004, elle a gagné le trophé Dr. Otto Bettmann (chant classique) et en 2001, le trophé Jeanette Dagger (et encore en 2007) en chantant en duo dans la catégorie théâtre vocal-musical. Mais plus récemment, c'était le trophé Peter Evans Memorial Trophy qu'elle accept

Lyrics

How To Dance

Written By: Elyssa Mahoney and Lucas Haneman

How To Dance
(Lyrics Elyssa Mahoney, Music Lucas Haneman)

I'd never let you
see me cry
but that don't mean I feel no pain

People say
What you don't know can't hurt you
but it hurts me just the same

chorus
Open your eyes
Gimme just one chance
It takes two to tango
I wanna learn how to dance

Open your mind
All I need is a chance
It takes two to tango
I wanna learn how to dance

verse
I knew you would never
Let me down
But now I'm feeling something new

How can I make you
Understand this feeling?
How can I just get close to you?

chorus

bridge
You see baby,
I got a whole lot of love
And baby
It's you that I'm thinking of...

instrumental solo

Why can't you see
How kind I can be
It's not that hard to do

I'm so tired
I'm fed up with this game
And I'm plain fed up with you

Chorus
You won't open your eyes
You won't give me a chance
But it takes two to tango
So I'll teach you how to dance

Open your mind
Won't you gimme a chance
It takes two to tango
So I'll teach you how to dance
How to dance.

Hot Desert Sun

Written By: Elyssa Mahoney

Hot Desert Sun

Lyrics : Elyssa Mahoney
Music: Elyssa Mahoney, Ricky Paquette, Anthony Di Millo

The world’s turning round, the clock’s still tickin’
In a pile of hell, and I can’t start diggin’
Population’s gone crazy, and I’m losing control
This modern day world’s got a heart of coal

City buses moving forward and back,
I’m losing my mind and I’m sailing off track
All moves so fast, it’s making me dizzy
What happened to the past? Everyone’s so busy
It’s nice to get away to...

CHORUS
Hot desert sun
Y’a beaming down on me
Hot desert sun
Y’a make me feel so wild and free
Hot desert sun

It’s nice to get away from all that rushin’ around
under hot desert sun, y’a rest safe and sound
Great Soroha, so majestic and tall
Y’a keep your green, even come next fall
It’s nice to be under

(CHORUS)
(Instrumental)

Hot desert sun, you cleanse my heart
I love your rays, I never want to part
Hot desert sun, I love you hey hey
now let me hear the music, wanna hear it play

INSTRUMENTAL (guitar solo)

(CHORUS accapalla)
(CHORUS)
hot desert sun

Me

Written By: Elyssa Mahoney

ME
(c) 2007 Lyrics Elyssa Mahoney. Music Lucas Haneman

I left the milk on the table,
Just trying to get a bite before I rush out the door.
I really don't need your nagging,
I'm doing my best, I've got things to live for.

I do the best I can,
But still you can't be satisfied.

I know you think I'm lazy,
And all of my friends think I'm going insane.
Just trying to make it to the weekend,
The days fly by,
And they all seem the same.

I work so hard,
I barely got to sleep last night.

CHORUS: You're successful,
You're important,
You're amazing, and
I'm just your kid.

There's only so much I can do,
I'll never be another you,
So let me be me.

You want me to be a doctor,
But I would rather play in some big shot band.
Whatever I decide to do,
Don't kick me down, why don't you lend my a hand?

It's not your choice to make,
Can't you trust I'll get it right?

I really want to make you proud,
But you must understand I have dreams of my own.
I'll dye my hair if I want to,
And if you disagree, then just leave me alone!

I try so hard,
If you push me anymore I'll burst!

CHORUS
You're successful,
You're important,
You're amazing, and
I'm just your kid.

There's only so much I can do,
I'll never be another you,
So let me be me.

BRIDGE:
Yes I love you, you should know,
And I know you care for me,
And you only want what's best,
But won't you let me breathe!

(Solo)

CHORUS:
You're successful,
You're important,
You're amazing, and
I'm just your kid.

There's only so much I can do,
I'll never be another you,

CHORUS:
You're successful,
You're important,
You're amazing, and
I'm just your kid.

There's only so much I can do,
I'll never be another you,
So let me be me.

What To Do

Written By: Elyssa Mahoney & Lucas Haneman

WHAT TO DO
(c) 2007 Lyrics Elyssa Mahoney. Music Lucas Haneman

Some where far away, on a battlefield,
A soldier's lying in the mud,
He knows he's badly wounded,
And loosing lots of blood,

Nobody knows he's dying,
No one can hear him crying.

His wife is back home,
With their new baby son,
And he knows that he never will
See them again,

And there's absolutely nothing he can do,
There's absolutely nothing he can do.

Air traffic control sitting up in the tower,
Watching the planes go by.
He gets a call on the radio saying:
"Mayday, Mayday! My plane's on fire!

"All our power is down,
And there's ocean all around,

"There are families on board
And the children are crying
And people are screaming:
"I don't want to die"

" And there's absolutely nothing I can do,
There's absolutely nothing I can do."

CHORUS: Some things we can't control,
They take a costly toll,
Bad things shouldn't happen to good people.
Lord knows what fate has planned,
I'll never understand,
But we move on and try to make it better.
I want to see you home and smiling,
And laughing with old friends.
I want to take all the good times,
And do them all again.

I'm waiting outside the OR,
You're so close but yet so far,

Then the surgeon comes out
With that look on his face
I don't want to hear
What I think he will say.

He said there was nothing more that we could do,
There was nothing more that we could do.

CHORUS: Some things we can't control,
They take a costly toll,
Bad things shouldn't happen to good people.

Lord knows what fate has planned,
I'll never understand,
But we move on and try to make it better.

BRIDGE: I hate to say,
I can do nothing by pray,
And hope you're okay,
Tomorrow's another day,
I hope you'll make it through,
But there's absolutely nothing
I can do.

But we learn from our mistakes,
And our hope will never die,
It will help us pave the road,
To a future that is bright.

We'll be stronger in the end,
And you'll always be my friend,

It's the one and only thing that's left to do.
It's the one and only thing that's left to do.

Good At It All

Written By: Elyssa Mahoney & Lucas Haneman

GOOD AT IT ALL
(c) 2007 Lyrics Elyssa Mahoney. Music Lucas Haneman


See the man with the grin that glows,
He wears it everywhere he goes,
The people walking by, all of them yield,
'Cause the world you see is his playing field.

He can jump higher that you,
Betcha he'll run faster too,
He'll beat you every time, he'll put you to rest,
Ain't noshame being beaten by the best…

CHORUS:
He's mister
Good at it all,
You name the game,
He'll put you to shame,

He'll never lose,
He'll never fall,
So they call him
Good at it all

When he walks into the room,
Everybody knows their doom,
They hide the poker chips,
They hide the dice,
He's beaten them before, won't let it happen twice,
They know he's…

CHORUS: Mister
Good at it all,
You name the game,
He'll put you to shame,

He'll never lose,
He'll never fall,
So they call him
Good at it all

(Solo)

But there's a part of him that you rarely see,
The half that hides behind the scenes,
Behind the fame, behind the grin,
There's a tender heart that he keeps within…

CHORUS: Mister Good at it all's
My man,
I got him sittin' in the
Palm of my hand,

This makes me very glad,
You'll agree,
'Cause he does it all
For me

CHORUS: He's mister
Good at it all,
You name the game,
He'll put you to shame,

He'll never ever ever lose,
He'll never fall,
So they call him
Good at it all

Now ain't he good at it all?

Discography

Pull Me In (CANCON)- Sophomore cd for release June 6th Ottawa, On. Comprises 12 tracks, 9 of which are originals composed, arraged and co-produced by Elyssa Mahoney and Lucas Haneman. CANCON

Try To See Me Like That (CANCON)
13 tracks (60's R&B, blues, pop/country-rock), including two originals and featuring guest performances by Jeff Healey, Jimmy Bowskill, Chuck Jackson (Downchild Blues Band), Virgil Scott.

Set List

Performances include original compositions, blues, jazz, 60's R&B, soul.

Sample set List - Jazz & Blues Festival

Iko Iko (A)
These Blues (original blues in D)
Blue Skies (jazz in C/A-)
Before You Hit The Ground
Summertime (funky jazz in Dm)
Good at it All (original jazz in C/A-)
Try To See Me Like That (Debut CD Title track original in Bb)
How To Dance (original blues A-)
Nutbush City Limits (Tina Turner in E)
little wing (Elyssa and Lucas' way in Ab)
You are my sunshine (Ray Charles/Aretha Franklin stlye in D)
Stormy Monday (C)
Messing With The Kid (D)
Superstition (Elyssa and Lucas' way in E)

A Blues show could include:

These Blues (original blues in D)
Iko Iko (A)
Take Me To The River (E)
DRIFT AWAY (D)
Before You Hit The Ground
TRY TO SEE ME LIKE THAT (original in Bb)
Louella (F)
BAD MOON RISING (D)
How To Dance (original blues in A-)
Stormy Monday (C blues style, C# own rendition)
MOJO BOOGIE (E)
Messing With The Kid (D)
Hot Desert Sun (o