Krystle Dos Santos is a Western Canadian Music Award-winning blues, jazz and soul singer 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. With a voice that is commanding, powerful and rich with talent, her music, inspired by classic and neo-soul combined with contemporary hip-hop and R&B elements, is executed brilliantly. It's simultaneously elegant, bold and sensual similar to modern legends Erykah Badu and Ms. Lauryn Hill. Her performances are mesmerizing; she sings with sheer heart wrenching dominion about falling in love, heartbreak and struggle. Her approach to music is unmistakably genuine.
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 album of original music, 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.
Young Audience Show
A History of Motown
Western Canadian Music Award-winning soul singer-songwriter Krystle Dos Santos and her 3-piece band will take students back in time to the peak of Motown Music from the late 1950s to 1980s. Krystle's powerful and interactive medleys of hits by The Supremes, Stevie Wonder, the Temptations and the Jackson 5 will have students and teachers singing and dancing in their seats! Students will learn interesting facts about these key artists and about the historical and significant impact that Motown music has had on contemporary 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
Band: 4 members (vocals, bass, drum, keyboard)
SCHOOL SHOW TESTIMONIALS
"Krystle and the band were spectacular. I’ve never seen so many kids line up after a show for autographs! The staff loved it just as much as the kids and all were dancing in their seats. Thank you for teaching us about Motown music and sharing it with our school community. We highly recommend this incredible show.”
- Ripple Rock Elementary, Campbell River
“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
More than Motown
WCMA award-winning soul singer-songwriter Krystle Dos Santos presents an entertaining and enlightening live show celebrating soul classics from artists like Otis Redding, Sam Cooke, Etta James, as well as iconic Motown artists like Steve Wonder, The Temptations and The Supremes. 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. She'll also share original music from her newly released album BLOOM | BURN.
Bloom | Burn
Krystle's new album, BLOOM | BURN, is a two- sided album exploring the darkness and light that life has to offer. Both title tracks from this album 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. 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' (watch the video).
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