Canadian country recording artist, Elyse Saunders has unveiled the official music video for her summer single, “Sunshine State of Mind”, which is the third single from her fall album, Free.
“Sunshine State of Mind” is the first single from the Toronto-based artist since being nominated for Female Artist of the Year and Rising Star of the Year by the Country Music Association of Ontario. In addition to her nominations, she will also be performing at the show on Sunday, September 5th.
Elyse was also the CMAO Artist of the Month for June, one of 7 new finalists in the Boots & Hearts Emerging Artist Showcase, and a top 5 finalist in CBC Music’s 2021 Searchlight competition.
Co-written by Elyse Saunders and T.J. Simpson in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, “Sunshine State of Mind” is a blissful, upbeat summertime track that mixes positive country vibes with pop and R&B influences.
“T.J. and I wanted to write something summery, fun, and dreamy to take listeners to a vacation landscape during a time when we’re all craving to get away. It’s a positive reminder that no matter where we are, when we’re with the right person, it will always feel like paradise.”
The single reunites her with CCMA award-nominated producer Dan Swinimer (Sacha, Madeline Merlo), who produced the album’s 2020 title track, which earned 500,000 Apple Music streams, 100,000 YouTube views, and marked her formidable return to Canadian country radio.
“When she sings – I get shivers. She lights up a room and a stage with her presence – I hope the world discovers what I already know. Elyse Saunders is a star.”
Check out the video below, and stay up to date with Elyse via her socials.
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