Krystle Dos Santos is a Western Canadian Music Award winning soul singer-songwriter based in Vancouver with Guyanese roots. She has been performing for more than a decade across Canada and is known for her powerful voice and infectious warmth, pairing original soul music with beloved Motown classics. In addition to performing, she has acted in The Arts Club musical Dreamgirls and The Chelsea Hotel: The Songs of Leonard Cohen at The Firehall Arts Centre. Dos Santos continues to share her eclectic array of performances through many platforms: her fourth original album project, BLOOM | BURN; Hey Viola!, a jazz cabaret about the life of Canadian civil rights icon Viola Desmond; A History Of Motown show designed for young audiences; and many more live celebrations of blues, soul and R&B music on stages across Canada.
More than Motown
Krystle presents an entertaining and enlightening live show celebrating soul music classics from artists like Otis Redding, Sam Cooke, Etta James and even some actual Motown artists. She’ll open your ears to the entire Motown era of music with artists from Chess and Stax Records, and all of the feel good tunes you’ll remember from the good ‘ol days.
Bloom | Burn
Krystle's new album, BLOOM | BURN, will be released this winter and is her fourth original studio release.This two- sided album project explores the darkness and light that life offers. Dos Santos writes to her younger self with songs like Worthy and Walk On Through, promoting self confidence and self worth, while bringing light to serious issues like domestic violence in the song Buried Alive.
Who is Viola Desmond...? other than the newest face on our ten-dollar bill. What was the fire within this successful black Canadian businesswoman that gave her the confidence to refuse to leave the whites-only section of Nova Scotia’s Roseland cinema in 1946?
In Hey Viola!, Vancouver songstress and performer Krystle Dos Santos along with a three-piece band, brings the life of Viola Desmond to the stage. The show explores the many facets of this incredible woman through stories and song in a jazz-style cabaret, brought to life through an interactive conversation with the audience. Inspired by the dynamic and inspirational music that filled the life and home of this trailblazer of the civil rights movement, the show features hits of the era and songs that influenced history, including: “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood,” “A Change is Gonna Come,” “Sinnerman”, and “Mississippi Goddam.” This personal, and powerful musical cabaret gives audiences an opportunity to discover how the actions of one woman played such a huge role in a movement that Krystle herself continues today.
“Krystle's voice is an eclectic mix of Nina Simone, Aretha Franklin, Etta James, with a touch of Natalie Cole and Ella Fitzgerald. Like so many outstanding singers before her, Krystle’s voice is undeniably unique and is showcased further by her unique phrasing reminiscent of the fabulous Billie Holliday.”
—Ty Lowe, musical director and master vocal teacher
“She commands the stage with her elegant statuesque form and her easy banter draws you in, making the whole experience naturally intimate. However, it’s when Dos Santos grasps the retro microphone she sings into and unfolds that tremendous earthy, sexy voice you are captured.”
—Shelley Gummeson, radio host, Jazz on the Rocks
“Krystle's embodiment of this female force of nature grabs you by the gut as she sings the familiar songs that serve as the soundscape for Viola's life. But don't be fooled: this isn't a jukebox musical where scenes are mere set-ups to belt a popular tune. This is an altar for the life of Viola Desmond, for the BlackLivesMatter movement, and for any woman whose endured systemic, unjust punishment meant to rob her of her power. This musical knows in its bones how we honour and heal those who've been silenced: we sing their truth, strong, clear, and loud.”
—Amy Lynn Strilchuk, Magnetic North 2019 Festival Producer & Touchstone Theatre General Manager
“Both title tracks from her forthcoming album, “BLOOM | BURN,” showcase the power and versatility of her voice - from soaring highs to throaty lows, from whispers to a howl, with a warmth that envelops you. Her writing pays tribute to her heroes and influences while exploring fresh new vistas of urban soul.”
—Lynnda McDougall, Bulkley Valley Concert Association
Young Audience Show
A History of Motown
Krystle Dos Santos and her three-piece band will take students back in time to the era of Motown music from the late 1950s to 1980s. Motown Records grew to be a music industry powerhouse featuring stars such as The Supremes, Stevie Wonder, the Temptations and a young Michael Jackson in the Jackson 5. Krystle and her band will perform interactive songs from the Motown catalogue while educating young audiences about the historical importance of the Motown era, its artists, and the significant impact that Motown music has had on contemporary pop and soul music today.
Length: 45 minutes + 5-minute Q&A
Ages: Grades K-12; all ages for family events
Tech: Supplies own PA, backline, mics and instruments
Max audience size: 500
Band: 4 members (vocals, bass, drum, keyboard)
SCHOOL SHOW TESTIMONIALS
“We enjoyed Krystle and the band's performance at our fundraiser and her workshop and talk. I have recommended her to my fellow colleagues in music education. She has a wealth of knowledge of the music industry which we can all benefit from. She is calm and friendly... this makes her a natural in front of students.”
—Rob Leeder, Fine Arts Department Head, Elgin Park Secondary School
“Krystle and her band engaged kids from the beginning to the end and showed how fun it can be to play real musical instruments. She sprinkled in a lot of facts and history about the Motown era and we loved the overall energy and the music. Students were clapping their hands, moving their bodies and having a great time. I would definitely recommend her to other schools!”
—Jacquie Lavoie, Principal, Trafalgar Elementary School