Permit me to introduce you to Canada’s sizzling, fiddling, step dancing, singing sensation, Kelli Trottier!
“Born and raised in the hotbed of musical tradition and innovation that is Ontario’s Ottawa Valley, Kelli Trottier discovered her passion for entertaining, learned her craft, and developed her distinctive style while still right at home.
Now, Kelli’s talent carries her to stages across North America, Europe, the Middle East, and the Far North, making fans and friends at every venue along the way.
Kelli’s musical odyssey of dance, fiddle and song began early in life as she studied and mastered the unique and fluid style of step dance that evolved with the loggers and woodsmen of the historic Ottawa River watershed.
The fiddle was a natural extension of the dance; you just can’t have one without the other. And who better to learn from than the senior masters of Celtic and Scottish traditional music. Kelli learned well from these sources and then embraced the exuberant rhythmic fiddle and step dance styles of the French Canadian pioneers.
Every musical family needs a singer and a songwriter and Kelli’s family was fortunate that she had an amazing ear, a beautifully clear, natural voice, and the desire to use that voice at every opportunity. Learning the songs she loved from the artists she admired, and giving them wings with her own effortlessly-developing style, soon led to the inevitable writing and performing of her own.
Developing her art from these deep and lasting roots, while allowing the influences of contemporary music to help shape her performing and recording career, has earned Kelli a dedicated and growing following and glowing accolades from promoters, organizers and fans.
No stranger to the stage, Kelli was featured as the lead female in the Toronto musical production SwingStep. She has toured North America with the very successful Bowfire entourage and will be rejoining them in March 2009 in Ontario, Canada. Kelli’s soaring vocal pieces are, for many fans, a highlight of the Bowfire productions, often described as “The finest lineup of fiddle and violin virtuosi ever assembled on one stage.” Kelli is the beautiful voice on the Bowfire songs, “The Line” and “Mist Covered Mountains.”
Kelli has performed for Canadian soldiers in the Middle East and for the Inuit of the Canadian Arctic. She has brought twenty thousand NHL Ottawa Senators Fans to their feet many times as the featured mid-game entertainer.
In addition to her extensive performing experience, Kelli continues to be a highly sought-after instructor and judge of fiddle and step dance events across Canada and parts of the U.S. She has been nominated three times for Fiddle Player of the Year by the Canadian Country Music Association and is featured instrumentally and vocally on many studio recordings for other artists.
All of this experience is focused on Kelli’s true passion: performing and touring her music with her band. Time and again these performances earn glowing reviews, requests to return and always more fans!
Promoting her six independent recordings; singing, dancing and playing her way to the top of her musical genre, Kelli Trottier is an unforgettable and enchanting artist, consistently delivering performances that raise her stature in the hearts and memories of audiences everywhere.”
For more about Kelli Trottier, visit her official website at http://www.kellitrottier.com, her MySpace profile at http://www.myspace.com/kellitrottier and my Squidoo lens at http://www.squidoo.com/kellitrottier.