canadian country singer Elyse Saunders worked hard to get from Toronto to Nashville!
Since the start of his musical career, Saunders has attracted the attention of fans and producers alike Dan Swinimer, and Paul chatto thanks to his powerful voice, electric live performances and strong work ethic.
This year, Saunders took care of the release of his new EP To free in October, with a clip for his song “Sunny state of mind.”Celeb Secrets Country had the opportunity to chat with the artist and learn all about the EP and music video as well as his upcoming projects.
Saunders said “Free” marked a new point in her career, both in terms of work and achievement, and she is grateful to him for that.
“The whole process of creating the project was quite special and fun for me. I’m at this new stage of my career with a new sound that really shows where I am right now… the whole process of creating this project has been pretty amazing, ”Saunders shares.
We sat down with Elyse (virtually) to talk about everything To free, the music video for “Sunshine State of Mind”, and what’s to come in her new music and career.
Check out the full Q&A below and don’t forget to let us know what you think. To free and “Sunshine State of Mind”, by leaving a reaction at the bottom of the post or by tweeting us at @cs_pays.
You can also connect with Elyse by giving her a follow on Instagram at @elyse_saunders_music.
Celeb Secrets Country: Hi Elyse, thanks for taking the time to chat with us. Can you tell us more about your story and what made you want to make music professionally?
Elyse Sauders: “Music has always been a part of me since I can remember. I knew from an early age that I wanted to be in the arts and perform. My first moments on stage were through dance recitals as a child, taking jazz, tap and hip-hop lessons. I also started writing songs at a young age and they were an outlet and a hobby for me. When I was about 16, I started in singing competitions to get used to sharing my voice and then soon after I found my very first mentor / producer. I was lucky enough to team up with amazing people at such a young age. I felt like I had launched a career in music and realized that it was something that I could do as a career. We went to Nashville and recorded my very first CD which was an amazing experience and really showed me how much I wanted to go in my career. At that time I was still pretty green and spent several years honing my craft and learning more about the business and had so many interesting experiences. It is only now that I am able to access a very exciting and strong place in my career and I feel very confident about it. I put in the work and am so excited for this next phase. I want to reach as many people as possible with my music!
CSC: What is your favorite musical memory?
ES: “I don’t know if I have a favorite musical memory. I’ve had so many amazing moments in my career – like writing a song that I fall in love with, connecting with fans through live music, traveling to new places, recording in the studio with amazing people… I could go on! A moment that I think back to as a reminder of how far I got when I had my first big break in my hometown of Peterborough, Ontario. I was the opening act for a crowd of over 10,000 and at that point I was still a teenager and a newcomer to the scene. I remember being so nervous because it was something I had never felt or experienced before. I thought to myself at that point if I could do it and people appreciated what I did on stage that day that I could do it. It was that moment that changed my entire career and why I am here now.
CSC: You recently released your EP “Free” – can you tell us about the creative process behind the EP and what it was like to see it reach No.2 on the iTunes Country Albums chart? ?
ES: “It was amazing !!! I was looking at the numbers that day and I had this projection of hitting number 2 in my mind. I was like, ‘I wonder how many people have bought the EP? Wouldn’t it be so cool if I could be No. 2 on the iTunes charts? ‘ I put it there, I hoped without any real expectations, and when I saw it happen I was dancing around my house. These moments are real and it really helps me connect with the thought of how many people are listening to my music and it’s pretty special. If I’m doing something that people resonate with, then I’ve done my job as a singer / songwriter.
CSC: Do you have a favorite memory or song from the project?
ES: “The whole process of creating the project was quite special and fun for me. I’m at this new stage of my career with a new sound that really shows where I am right now. Before I started recording the EP, I wrote, created demos and asked for financial support. There are a lot of loop moments with this EP like a year ago I took a trip to Vancouver from Toronto through Canada’s VIA Rail performance program. My guitarist and I played for the train passengers and we had a great time. It was such a great way to travel and in the end we spent time performing and connecting with people in Vancouver. As a result, I was in British Columbia the following summer to perform at a country music festival and learned that I had been accepted for funding from FACTOR Canada and then for funding from Creative BC shortly. soon after. And then I ended up recording the EP with several producers based in the Vancouver area. It’s interesting how these moments can turn out and it looks like they’re meant to be. The whole process of creating this project was pretty amazing. I was able to work with incredible producers and musicians, and I took important steps for the first time thanks to this project. I am grateful for everything!
CSC: You also released a music video for your song “Sunshine State of Mind”. What was the inspiration and the creative process for the video?
ES: “Yes! The message of the song is to have a positive mindset and to realize that you don’t have to go anywhere to find heaven. It can be exactly where you are right now. If you’re with the right person, it will always be Heaven. Since we all stayed connected via screens in the last part, I thought it would be fun to incorporate that into the video. I am located in this dreamy neon room which is my emotion as a performer and I tell the story of a couple who spend the day at the beach with no one but themselves and have a great moment. And the way our worlds connect is done through screens. It was such a fun video to make!
CSC: Do you have a favorite memory from filming?
ES: “The neon room we filmed in was so cool. My team of videographers and I were like children in a candy store. It was such a fun space. We also filmed the other part on a usually overcrowded beach, but the day we filmed there was no one there. It’s a beautiful beach with all these sand bars, so it felt like you were on an island – somewhere tropical. We had a lot of laughs and it’s always a good move. When everyone on set feels like it’s a hit, the product always comes out with an authentic feel and I love it.
CSC: How have you seen yourself growing both in terms of music and artist from your first release until now?
ES: “Oh my gosh – in so many ways. Music has changed my life and I wouldn’t be the same person I am today without it. As a person in this industry, I have learned so much about myself, my emotional strengths and weaknesses, and it constantly pushes me out of my comfort box. One of the biggest things I have learned through it all is to have self-esteem and to have confidence in myself without seeking that external validation. As an artist, I have grown enormously as a songwriter, artist, brand and singer. I have truly become myself and I own what I have! ”
CSC: Do you have any future projects that you could tell us about or tell us about?
ES: “I’m already planning another trip to the studio to record more music. I’ve written a ton and want to have more music in the pipeline so that I can keep the momentum going and keep giving music to the fans as well. I also just recorded a new music video for my song ‘Genes’ on the brand new EP and can’t wait to release it early in the new year with a radio campaign. Hint: This video includes some funny dance scenes that I’m a part of. “
CSC: Since we’re Celeb Secrets, do you have any secrets or fun facts you’d like to share about making the EP that our readers aren’t familiar with?
ES: “Hmm… good question. Well, I’m going to explain to the readers what my routine is before I go into the studio to record vocals. I normally spend months working on some vocal stuff with my vocal coach to make sure he’s in the right place for the studio so that I can perform at my best. On the day of, I like to meditate, warm my voice, have some tea with honey and then once I get on the mic, I imagine being in the place in my mind that the song is sharing and then I am ready! Thank you very much for the chat !! ”
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