elly hoyt jazz
Elly is a truly gifted jazz vocalist who has an intoxicating love for music and life – even saying, “music means so much that it slightly rules my existence”. The Tasmanian-born, 25-year-old has just released her debut album, which is sure to be the first of many that shows-off her smooth, seductive and versatile voice.
She grew up in the bush where she often listened to her father’s collection of jazz greats, including Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan and Carmen McRae.
Born to be a soloist, it was clear at a young age that Elly’s sultry tones and natural ability to learn quickly would take her to the world stage in no time. By 14, she was singing the national anthem at the Australia v New Zealand cricket match, making her the youngest vocalist in Australian history to sing before the cricket board. Returning the following year for the Australian v England match, the slender teen continued to amaze audiences with her impressive voice.
Winning the renowned Generation in Jazz vocal scholarship, judged by James Morrison in 2008, projected Elly into the Australian jazz scene where she has sung alongside a long list of top Australian and international jazz musicians and vocalists such as, James Morrison, Tim Firth, Phil Stack, Matt McMahon, John Morrison, Steve Newcomb, Mat Jodrell, Chris McNulty, Jim Pugh, John Hoffman, James Muller, Sam Anning, Tony Gould, David Jones, Mark Fitzgibbon to name a few.
James Morrison: “From the moment I first heard Elly sing, I knew she had that classic, indefinable thing that makes one a jazz singer. It’s not just a sound, or a choice of notes but a way of approaching a song that lets the listener know – this is the real thing”.
In late 2010, Elly launched her debut album featuring sensational original works and sophisticated arrangements of standard jazz tunes, backed by a Stella cast of seasoned professionals, including: Phil Stack, Tim Firth, Matt McMahon, James Sherlock and John Hoffman. The album won an Australian Jazz Bell Award in 2011 in the category of Best Australian Jazz Vocal Album.
John Hoffman: “She is a brilliant young musician who is already singing like someone beyond her years… I feel that Elly has a very sensitive spirit-an artistic sensitivity that not everyone has. It’s rare.”
Elly can be booked as a Trio, 4, 5 or 6 piece band and you can add a horn section if you wish.