Edie DaPonte sings songs from her latest album Young at Heart at Simon Holt restaurant Thursday (Feb. 25) at 8 p.m.

Edie DaPonte sings songs from her latest album Young at Heart at Simon Holt restaurant Thursday (Feb. 25) at 8 p.m.

Singer’s love for Vancouver Island helps rekindle interest in performing

NANAIMO - Edie DaPonte performs in Nanaimo at Simon Holt Thursday (Feb. 25) at 8 p.m.

A former medical sales representative has returned to her first love, music.

Edie DaPonte moved with her husband to Vancouver Island about 15 years ago. Her new-found love of the Island life perhaps rekindled an old passion, prompting her to take a chance on fulfilling a dream.

DaPonte had a music career when she was in her 20s, but took the safe route of finishing university and following a career in the corporate world.

“Just over the last four or five years, I started reintroducing myself back into the music and just meeting the right people,” DaPonte said. “Most recently, I decided that it was time to record some originals and was encouraged to do that, particularly, by Joey Smith, one of the musicians I work really closely with here.”

Those originals are featured on her new album, Young at Heart, named in part for DaPonte’s outlook on life sparked by the fun she’s having with her new career.

DaPonte is gaining recognition for her talent and musical style – jazz leaning toward adult contemporary with rich vocals – on the south Island and Lower Mainland, but she has never performed on the Island north of Crofton and Mill Bay.

“It’s kind of exciting,” DaPonte said. “It’s a tour. It’s a second album I’ve released called Young at Heart and we sold out here at Herman’s (Jazz Club in Victoria) and had such fun and then, interestingly enough, I realized I don’t know anyone in Nanaimo. Why would anyone want to come and hear me?”

She’s looking forward to sharing her latest work with an audience in an intimate setting like Simon Holt, where she will perform Thursday (Feb. 25) at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 and available at the restaurant.

“The album was produced by Joby Baker, in Victoria, and he’s a Juno-nominated producer, so he knows how to make the album sound good and my job is to perform the live version as good as Joby intended.”

To learn more about DaPonte and her musical style, please visit www.edie.ca.