Six albums deep and Juno Award winner Kellylee Evans is still shaking it up
on Come On, her latest Decca album.
The stylistic connoisseur has tackled everything from jazz to R&B and pop
in such previous tasty classics fight or flight?, Nina – her Juno-winning tribute
to the legendary Nina Simone – and I Remember When.
Praised by the Latin Jazz Network for a “gorgeous voice (that) rises to the
heavens in rapturous wonder as if in consanguinity with a chorus of angels”
and by the Yukon Arts Centre for “a stunning crystalline voice, both powerful
and emotive,” Evans now pushes her muse firmly into the soulful pop territory
with Come On: a wonderfully refreshing album about love and life that comes
on the heels of two nearly careerending accidents: a freak lightning strike
in her Ottawa kitchen and further effects of a concussion suffered during a
fall at her home.
However, Evans is nothing if not resilient: the runner-up of the 2004 Thelonious
Monk Competition offers views on love and loss in an alluringly rhythmic approach
that has touches of psychedelic pop, resonating soul groove and that je ne
sais quoi that is strictly Kellylee and forged by her jazz discipline.
From the stirring soul-stomper “Come On” - which combines an effervescent
Motown feel with traces of psychedelia – and the funky groove-a-liciousness
of “Hands Up” to the string-and-horn-spiced magnetism of “Know His Worth,”
the 10 songs of Come On find Kellylee at her most magically potent.
Produced and co-written by Eric Legnini (Stefano Di Battista), this is post-romantic
soul at its finest; a project of strong vision and great execution that signals
the return of Kellylee Evans as a bold explorer and interpreter.
It only gets better when you experience her live, in her element.
Kellylee Evans’ time is now, and Come On is just the catalyst to get her there.