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KELLYLEE EVANS

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Canadian singer Kellylee Evans continues to evolve her distinctive sound with her newest release, "Nina." The Juno and Gemini Award nominee received accolades for her first two albums, "Fight or Flight," and "The Good Girl," fusing jazz with her own unique style of "soul-pop." In her new album, "Nina," Kellylee pays tribute to one of the greatest vocalists and pianists, Nina Simone.

French label, "Plus Loin Music," approached the singer after discovering her via her 2nd place win at the Thelonious Monk Jazz Vocals Competition. After several years of discussion, they invited her to France in November of 2009, where she spent two days in the studio. She recalls, "The said I could do whatever I wanted, as long as it was standards." Since Nina Simone was always one of her mother's and husband's favorites, and having a great affinity for her as well, it was a no-brainer choosing her for a tribute.

Kellylee's love and respect for the original recordings of the music shines through, but even in taking on some of Simone's most iconic repertoire, the twelve trackes in "Nina" showcase Kelly's own versatility, creativity, and innate musicality. She reunited with guitarist Marvin Sewell (Jason Moran, Cassandra Wilson), who appeared on her first album, "Fight or Flight," and is joined by bassist François Moutin (Moutin Reunion Quartet, Rudresh Mahanthappa), and drummer André Ceccarelli (Dee Dee Bridgewater, Biréli Lagrène).

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