CBC Searchlight Finalist: Andi
What: R&B, Jazz, Pop, Electronic
Where: Caledon, ON
Where: Montreal, QC
Although Neisy Wilson’s music rests comfortably in the realm of jazz music, she brings a unique world view to the table. She began studying music at age seven, performing at festivals in her home country of Cuba, followed by tours throughout Europe, Jordan, Egypt, Latin America, and the United Arab Emirates before settling in as a resident of Montreal.
In addition to her work as a performing artist, Wilson also works as a film and television composer as well as scoring in the videogame industry. Her most recent effort is 2014’s Inside My Soul EP, a three-song release that serves as a showcase for her undeniably smooth vocals and knack for grabbing melodies.
What: Hip-hop, jazz
Where: Winnipeg, MB
Hailing from the city that is home to Portage and Main, Beatox (nee Adam Fainman) is a jazz-inspired beat-boxer and rapper. The son of a successful musician mother, Beatox acquired a wide appreciation for different styles at a young age. Together with fellow rapper SMRT, Beatox formed the hip-hop duo Butter Pretzels, which would go on to release a couple of albums.
Musically and lyrically, Beatox’s songs would appeal to fans of A Tribe Called Quest while his rapping style is reminiscent of Arrested Development’s Speech – literate and infused with a rather specific energy. He is currently collaborating with students from the University of Manitoba’s jazz program to create a record that he says will take listeners “on a journey through darkness and light.”
What: Pop, Jazz
Where: Calgary, AB
The first adjective likely to come to the listener’s mind upon hearing Calgary’s Ellen Doty is “smooth.” On her full-length debut album Gold, released in May 2014, Doty’s voice effortlessly and almost breathlessly glides over the smooth jazz influence heard in songs such as “I Think I’m In Love” and “Perfect Day,” the latter of which really showcases Doty’s impressive vocal range. Last year, Doty had the opportunity to entertain audiences all over Canada on her national tour, which saw her play 30 shows over six weeks.
Doty’s history with music is relatively extensive, dating back to pre-school where she was a member of her church choir before eventually moving on to study vocal jazz at Ottawa’s Carleton University. Gold marks the beginning of what should prove to be a long career in music