WCMA award winner Krystle Dos Santos is a Soul and Jazz singer-songwriter. Her unique blend of dance beats, funky grooves and soft jazzy soul have inspired comparisons to not only Sade, Joss Stone and Jill Scott, but to the jazz greats of the past including Etta James and Billie Holiday. Dos Santos’ debut CD, released in July 2008, was awarded Urban Recording of the Year at the 2009 Western Canadian Music Awards.
With a performing arts certificate and a classical and musical theatre background Dos Santos is able to create a unique and fresh performance style. Dos Santos’ uses a full band, and mixes genres, musical styles and her larger than life personality to put on a dynamic, interactive and unforgettable live show. She has the versatility ranging from intimate jazz clubs to outdoor summer festivals, with performance venues ranging from The Whistler International Film Festival to the Edmonton International Jazz Festival, the Epcor Center for the performing arts 25th anniversary gala and the TEDx Edmonton conference. Having toured Western Canada and showcasing across the country, Dos Santos has an eclectic appeal that is soon to break-out to international audiences.
Dos Santos’ self-titled debut embodies a modern fusion of classic jazz and soul creating a mixture of pop, R&B, funk, soul, jazz and blues. Her influences include Nina Simone, Etta James, Prince and more recently Janelle Monae, Gnarls Barkley and Erykah Badu. Dos Santos has recently completed her sophomore album entitled Fame Fatale, creating a new sound dubbed “electro-soul”; combining electronic, urban beats, live instrumentation, soul vocals and an indie-pop vibe due out in early 2011.