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. She was also asked to present a TIMA award with Building Bands Canada at the award show on Oct 6th at the Phoenix Theater. Currently perfecting 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, Randy Travis etc.), Shawn Christian (Roots Three Music), Tim Taylor (Multiple CCMA and SOCAN Songwriter of the Year Award Winner), Daryl Burgess (Juno Award Winner, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Alanis Morrisette), Joel Parkes (American Idol Songwriter, Universal Music Publishing) and more.
Elyse has written and recorded with some of the most talented people in the industry. Her debut album was co-written & produced by legendary hit songwriter/producer Cyril Rawson (Carolyn Dawn Johnson, Reba McEntire, Keith Urban, etc.) and Canada's acclaimed writer/producers David Martin. To complete the recording of her debut album, Elyse made numerous trips to Nashville. This is also where she had the opportunity to have Canadian country star Lisa Brokop join her in the studio and do background vocals on over half the album; Elyse notes, "It was a surreal & thrilling moment to be recording in music city with these people who have worked with everyone who is anyone in country music and they were all so nice too." The album was a great success on Canadian country radio where she received major air play for her 3 singles on the “CMN Top 100 Cancountry Hits”; “Nobody’s Watchin’”, “More of That” and “Bittersweet”. Her music has been successful not only in Canada, but overseas in Japan, Australia, The Netherlands, Spain, UK and the U.S. Based on fans choice votes, Elyse made it to #1 with "Nobody’s Watchin'" on the "Ourstage" website’s Country Channel and #1 with her song "What's Stoppin' You" on the Alternative-Country Channel. Some of Elyse’s other accomplishments include opening for Canadian country artist Deric Ruttan with a crowd of over 10,000 people at the esteemed “Festival of Lights”. This opening appearance gave Elyse the opportunity to headline “Festival of Lights” in 2009! In 2010, Elyse Saunders was chosen from the cattle call of applicants for the prestigious Honey Jam Artist Showcase - http://youtu.be/jlL6Uw5s4Y8 (2:45 min/sec).
With a new album in production, a 2012 Christmas single release, and singles/video releases early in 2013, 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, who has been developing artists for 15 years and is one of the founding directors of the Country Music Association of Ontario. He was recently added to the board of directors at Building Bands Canada where Elyse is an official Building Bands artist; donating her time to help raise money, providing instruments and music lessons for at risk youth. Recently, Elyse has been selected to host and co-produce a new music program called “Music Now” which features current music and music news from all genres of celebrity artists with a focus on country music – Producer/host Elyse Saunders Music Now - https://vimeo.com/46168146
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!