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Elyse Saunders

by Elyse Saunders

A rare collection of convincing performances that capture your emotions, with songs of love, life and its ups and downs showcasing the soulful, rich tone of an amazing new solo artist, which you will never tire of listening to.
Genre: Country: Country Pop
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1. Mama Hates Guitars
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2. Don't Touch Me Like That
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3. Bittersweet
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4. Long Enough
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5. Army of Angels
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6. Try It On for Size
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7. Where I've Never Been
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8. Sally's Rockin' Out Tonight
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9. Nobody's Watchin'
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10. Paris Is Burning
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11. Love Re-invented
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12. What's Stoppin' You
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13. More of That
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Album Notes
The Artist:
Elyse Saunders is a fresh young recording artist from Peterborough Ontario, who is rapidly making her mark on the country music scene. From early in her career Elyse surrounded herself with people she could trust and that shared her love for music. Elyse has often referred to herself as just a typical small town girl with a dream and musical passion. To pass her on the street, that is exactly what she would appear to be. To look deeper and listen to her performances, you quickly realize there is much more to this young talented artist. Her performances far exceed that “small town girl” picture. The emotions and feelings she pours into her songs are deeply rooted and come from a heart that’s mature way beyond her years. She is unwavering in her pursuit to perfect her music and dedicated over a year of searching for just the right producer, musicians and songs that would showcase the rich soulful feel and tone of her voice. The songs she picked would be a part of her life, so they had to be ones she believed in to deliver that raw emotional connection to her listener. In listening to her songs you begin to believe what Elyse believes. Her performance on every song truly comes from her heart and as a listener, you find yourself in that rare experience of living every song right along with her.

The Album:
Elyse Saunders début album of 13 tracks is about love and the ups and downs of life which we can all relate to. Her efforts and trips to Nashville have paid off as the release of this self-titled album is solid proof of her dedication and passion for music that has become such an important element in her life. Upon listening to the album you will find yourself drawn in by each song as all of them capture a different sound and emotion that separates it from the rest that’s out there; as it is a reflection of the many artists and genres she relates to that’s helped to inspire her unique sound. The completed project is the result of some amazing support and collaboration from some of the best talent in country music today. Nashville has welcomed her with open arms, where she’s had the opportunities of working with the likes of, producer/song writer Cyril Rawson, Lisa Brokop doing background vocals, song writers John Acosta, Gary Breit, Don Pfimmer, Darrel Burgess, recording engineer Rob Matson, musicians Glen Duncan, JT Corenfloss, Stephen Sheehan, Howard Duck, David Martin, to name just a few.
Like a favorite old pair of sneakers, the album is one of those rare performances that you just never seem to tire of listening to; this collection of songs rekindles those memories we love to revisit again and again.

The Journey:
Like any natural talent, music has always been with Elyse. She had been a singer and performer throughout her life but realized at just 16 she was ready to take it to the next level. A high school talent contest in front of all her peers really helped her do just that as she continued getting strings of encouraging responses received from singing competitions across Ontario. Through this journey of competition venues she developed a sense of what she really liked to sing and that was country music. Contests also gave her the great fortune of meeting her biggest mentor Nashville songwriter, Cyril Rawson (song writer/producer). Rawson with many years of experience took her under his wing and helped guide her development into the talent she is today. Together in his studio, on almost a daily basis, they spent months selecting songs and perfecting them before making the initial trip to a Nashville recording studio. At this time the tracks on five of the songs on Elyse’s album were recorded. From this collection of songs came her first single release to radio (Nobody’s Watchin’). Being her first single radio release, it was a satisfying accomplishment to have gained amazing attention from the radio programming managers and listeners alike. Also, her official myspace site to introduce herself and her music to the world was launched, bringing in some of her biggest fans and supporters. Elyse then made her début performance in July 2008 when Deric Ruttan gave her the opportunity to open for him at a packed venue of over 10,000 country music lovers. Elyse’s dream was now becoming a reality. This performance was followed by a long list of appearances geared toward promoting her first radio single. In the meantime, Cyril and Elyse returned to his work studio and directed their attention to the next selection of songs that would complete the album. The final trip to Nashville in late October 2008 saw the completion of the recording process and accomplishment of this amazing overall production. Elyse is sharing this accomplishment and hopes it will serve to increase her rapidly growing fan base. At this moment Elyse is writing with many different songwriters in her home town and surrounding areas of Ontario, Canada. She has also written with songwriters from Nashville and hopes to make another trip soon for more writing projects. Sooner then later she plans to put some of her own material on another record as well as other original songs she feels she can connect with and showcase her unique sound. In the meantime, Elyse has been doing radio tours and shows to keep building her reputation and experience in the industry. She is now continuing to book for her summer tour 2010 across Ontario with her band as well as getting ready to promote an upcoming summer release for her shows and radio interviews. Being a part of 2009's CMA Festival ‘Fan Fest’ Elyse hopes to do some shows in Nashville this year also so she can add to her ever growing fan base and keep on entertaining audiences from all over. Now Elyse is choosing her 4th new country single to put out for this summer and is also planning and working on a music video to promote the latest single for her fans.


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Joyous Debut Album
This is a very impressive release and well worth a test drive.
The production is clean, never cluttered and the musicianship is second to none.
Great credit must be paid to stellar songwriter Cyril Rawson who produced this album. He has had songs recorded by some of the biggest names in Country music - Reba McEntire,Tanya Tucker, Gretchen Wilson, Lorrie Morgan, Anne Murray, Hal Ketchum and Lisa Brokop to name just a few. Working with Elyse he must surely have recognised her rich talent and together the combination of experience and youth is a winning formula.
My personal favourite track on this 13-track outing is 'Nobody's Watchin'. Its not a surprise to read that it was the first single released to Canadian Radio stations. Given the right promotion and marketing this song is worthy of a Top 10 position on ANY Country chart worldwide. A song which deserves to launch this very pretty 19 year old from Ontario to stardom and demonstrates that Elyse is not merely walking behind the Carrie Underwood or Taylor Swift's she is running alongside them. Some debut albums can have one outstanding track and the rest fill in fodder - Not this album!The soaring and passion filled 'Long Enough' draws you in immediately with the piano intro and soon the tempo quickens. The song portrays the fulfilling of a dream of the magic feeling of a first romance but with aching concerns that commitment may not realise wishes for eternal love. Elyse's performance is totally believable and its a song you could imagine Faith Hill & Tim McGraw having a smash hit with!
Another lovely song is the sensitive and well written 'Where I've Never Been', another radio friendly cut on which the hurt and regret ring out in every anguished line.
'Love Reinvented' has a great vibe with a crisp tight sound and an infectious hook resulting in another joyous treasure.
The gorgeous 'Paris Is Burning' is lyrically beautiful and this slower tempo heartache song enables Elyse to show off her vocal control to perfection underpinned with the accordion and fiddle accompaniment. The instantly likeable 'More Of That' has a Keith Urban'esque feel with its arrangement and is a track that has you reaching for the replay button.
Yes more of this Miss Saunders - What a debut, You are FABULOUS!
Andy Cole, Dorset , England

Sara Hunt

A talent to be reckoned with
Born and raised in Ontario, Elyse Saunders a nineteen year old fresh faced female singer/songwriter who has always had a passion for music. Elyse made her debut performance opening for Deric Ruttan in July 2008, at a venue packed full of over 10,000 country music fans. Experienced singer/songwriter Cyril Rawson took Elyse under his wing and helped her develop her talent for singing. The end result being a self-titled album packed with thirteen fantastic tracks. Compared with the likes of Shania Twain and Carrie Underwood, Elyse effortlessly switches from soulful slow numbers to fast paced racy numbers that really stand out from the crowd. Elyse is not just another pretender to the female country throne she is the real deal. The album starts off with a lively rocky number entitled Mamma Hates Guitars. This is one of those tracks that really packs a punch – not for the faint hearted. Don’t Touch Me Like That follows on in the same vain as the opening track. Another rocky number, which sounds highly polished. Bittersweet sees the mood slowed down just a little. Elyse really shines on this emotional number reminiscent in style and sound of Martina McBride. Long Enough is a gritty song that sees Elyse change down another gear. This is one of those songs that will get under your skin. Army of Angels is a really upbeat number that allows Elyse to show off her vocals talents to their full potential. A future single I would suggest, it is certainly striking enough to be a big hit! Try It On For Size is another fast number. Where I’ve Never Been is a slow number, delicate in style. Sally’s Out Rocking Tonight is a classy song with a truly modern pop/country vibe. Nobody’s Watchin’ was the first radio release from this album and it is easy to see why. A pop infused song with a dash of country thrown in for good measure. This is a catchy number that will easily appeal to fans of top notch modern country. Paris Is Burning is a truly amazing song, tender and soulful. Elyse sounds much older than her nineteen years on this outstanding track. Love Re-Invented sees the tempo lifted once again. Yet another good quality song. What’s Stoppin’ You has a slight old fashioned sound about it, which is echoed in the use of instrumentation on this song. The album ends in a similar style to how it started with a punchy track entitled More Of That, the newest radio single off of the album. I can hear echoes of Dolly Parton’s vocals in this final song. Let’s just hope that Elyse is allowed to grow and develop her musical talents and have as long a career as Dolly. Elyse has had the opportunity to work with some great names in producing this album. One such name is Canadian Lisa Brokop who appears on this album providing background vocals. This album is suited more to the tastes of people who like the modern more lively side of country music. Elyse is certainly a talent and force to be reckoned with. All the songs on this album are superb, not one let’s the quality of the album down!

Robert W Lawson

Elyse Saunders
This CD, Elyse Saunders is one of the very best that I have heard, every song is a number one and Elyse sangs with Heart and soul.. This is a must have CD add it to your collection today..