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Rosalee Peppard Bio

Rosalee Peppard was born with a passionate, fearless heart. An 8th generation Nova Scotian, she proudly and powerfully projects the voices of her multicultural roots deep into the hearts of her listeners.

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One-of-a-kind authentic musical maritime storyteller, Rosalee Peppard wows audiences by theatrically regaling her collected stories from maritime women's perspectives through her own powerful original songs, as well as singing Traditional & familiar favourites, and her masterful medleys.

Through Rosalee's award-winning songs and stories, audiences sail through time and culture in true tales of grace & guts, trials & triumphs, hope & hilarity on a Canadian seascape of song. Her brilliantly-crafted, moving ballads, & edgy songs with driving rhythms, powerfully entertain, educate and enchant audiences of all ages. - every show is generously "peppered" with wit!

Rosalee accompanies herself on Canadian made acoustic & classical guitars and mountain dulcimer. Rosalee also works a dynamic duo with multi-instrumentalist Conrad Kipping.


Rosalee learned music singing & dancing with her mother while her grandfather MacPhee fiddled in the kitchen in Truro, NS. Mentored  by her Father, Herb Peppard, and later Grade 6 teacher, Stan Barnhill, she lisped her first poem when she was 3 years old. She continued with her Bachelor of Music and English from Mount Allison University and graduate studies at Banff School of Fine Arts, at University of Toronto with Canada's First Soprano, Lois Marshall and with Bill Vincent's Voices & Company.

Rosalee has won awards for singing, best musical theatre actress, and songwriter. She regularly appears on radio, TV, and tours internationally. 

While doing her musical career, Rosalee is married to Allan, has 2 children; was CFO for Tri-Crown Elevator; founded The Lighthouse Foodbank in Chester, NS, with her music; was "spoke-singer" for both Toronto's Daily Bread Foodbank and Halifax's Metro Foodbank; has white-water rafted down the Rio Grande; ran a B&B voted "The Best Of The Best ocean front accommodation in the Maritimes"; and regularly sings for and works with students, seniors, veterans, museums and service groups.

Photo by Leigh Beauchamp Day

Since 1999, Rosalee has championed the Women's perspective of Atlantic Canadian Oral History. She has extensively interviewed elder maritime women and has transcribed their rich stories into song.

She has been honoured by receiving 2 Dr Helen Creighton Folklore Research Awards and a Colchester Heritage Award for her work published on "No Place Like Home" (2001), "Legacy" (2004), and released her 3rd Paul Mills produced CD: "Voices" in 2011.  

From "No Place Like Home" Rosalee's "Greta's Hands" was added to the Canadian March Of Dimes Commemorative Archives; it also was a finalist in OCFF's Songs Of The Heart contest, along with "Rebecca's Lament". In 2004, her song, Évangéline
was featured at the
Congrès mondial acadian 
celebrating the 400th Anniversary of the Acadian culture. Her song "The Tidal Wave" is cited by the Canadian Society for Traditional Music.

From Rosalee's album "legacy" her "Laura Secord" song in her "War Of 1912 Women" was featured throughout the Laura Secord Bicentennial Commemorative weekend.
It was also selected by the "Friends Of Laura Secord" in 2015 to be the first song to be added to the interactive Laura Secord Heritage Trail, part of the Canada Trail system.
Her song, "Anna Swan" is regularly featured at the Anna Swan Museum at "The Creamery" in Tatamagouche, Nova Scotia.

In 2004, Rosalee and her husband, Allan, built a 50 seat concert hall in their Toronto house and subsequently ran "THE KITCHEN" Concert Series. The was built to showcase extremely talented artists who were not always contemporary headliners. Opening with Margaret McArthur, introduced by Tam Kearney, The Kitchen, hosted by Rosalee, brought to the stage 45 Roots artists in its first year and, moved to Nova Scotia with Rosalee and Allan in 2006 where they continued to present Prospect Concerts.

From 2011's "Voices" CD her "Elizabeth Bishop", became the theme song for the EB100 Commemoration. Her "Nova Scotia Wild Blueberry Blues" opened the Wild Blueberry Festival in Central Nova and her "Voice Of Nova Scotia", a medley from the Dr Helen Creighton collection, opened the Canadian Convention of Traditional Music.

For 2012 she created the musicale: "Living Titanic - A Musical Memoir Of Atlantic Canada's Only Survivor: Hilda Mary Slayter Lacon". She wrote "Ship Of Dreams" as a theme song for Halifax's Titanic 100 Commemoration and it grew into this beautiful fully produced musicale which Rosalee has toured internationally ever since. Most notably by invitation from the Belfast Titanic Society to perform it where it all began in Belfast, at the International Titanic Convention, and Titanic Belfast, in 2015; and in Canada at The National Arts Centre in Ottawa. LIVING TITANIC has been officially endorsed by the Titanic Society of Atlantic Canada

In 2017, Rosalee was commissioned by the Lucy Maud Montgomery Society to write one of her "song portraits" for their Canada 150 "Spirit of Canada" Conference. The result was Rosalee's critically acclaimed song cycle: "Rosalee Sings Maud" which has been officially endorsed by the Heirs of L.M.Montgomery, Inc.
And the Helen Creighton Folklore Society unanimously nominated Rosalee as their "Heritage Ambassador".

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