Ellen Doty is a soulful Canadian vocalist and songwriter with a world-class voice. Her music is rooted in jazz, yet seamlessly incorporates elements of other genres including folk and pop. A true storyteller whose works are as intimate and as personal as their handwritten lyrics, Ellen’s immense talent for songwriting is only complemented by her stunning vocals. Rich, sultry, and sweet, Ellen’s voice draws listeners in and takes them on an unforgettable journey. Originally from Okotoks, Alberta, Ellen has been a performer since age five. She went on to study vocal jazz at Carleton University in Ottawa, and performed in their prestigious Talent Showcase. She’s had the opportunity to work with many of her jazz heroes thus far including Al Kay, Pat Labarbera, Bobby Shew, Dave Mancini and PJ Perry. In 2013, Ellen Doty was the recipient of the ‘Outstanding Soloist’ award from the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival at the University of Idaho and she completed a Banff Centre Artist Residency for Collaborative Song-Writing at the renowned Banff Centre in Alberta. In May 2013, she received a production grant for her debut album from the Alberta Foundation for the Arts. 2014 was a huge success for Ellen as she released her much-anticipated album "Gold" in May, which broke the top ten on several jazz charts in Canada including CFBX and CFMU. The record features ten of Ellen's original compositions, as well as a song by Toronto songwriter Kyle Zavitz. Her co-writers include Oliver Miguel, Josh Crowhurst, Kyle Zavitz, Conrad Good, and Danny Michel. The album garnered spectacular reviews from press across the country including Sandy Graham from Cashbox Magazine who wrote, “Timeless vocals,torch songs and a charisma to boot, this is a beautiful CD in all aspects. Production, song content, musicians and vocal performance – a 20 out of 10. A must for your collection.” After an overwhelming response to her crowd-funding campaign, Ellen embarked on a thirty city, forty six stop tour which kicked off in Sydney, Nova Scotia and ended in Victoria, BC. Hot on the heels of her critically-acclaimed debut album, Ellen enchanted audiences across the country with show stopping performances. 2016 looks even bigger as Ellen looks to tour internationally and also release her sophomore album, with a launch tentatively set for the spring of 2016. The first single from her upcoming album is titled “Just So You Know” and was released on April 13th, 2015 with stunning reviews from fans and media alike. With an honesty and warmth that sets her apart, Ellen Doty is an emerging Canadian talent who is clearly one to watch for 2015 and beyond.
“…[I]t feels like an immediate, handmade, warm-hearted statement, one that uses the personal touch to reveal all sides of a performer who seems ready for her true Canadian coming out, with a voice that honeycoats every word it sings in her easy, sweet’n’sunny crossover jazz-pop.” Mike Bell, Calgary Herald , “Gold” Album Review