Standing up and singing on a restaurant table at the age of four was the beginning of Elsie Morden’s journey as an entertainer. Since then, this prairie girl always knew deep down that she wanted to be a performer, however it wasn't until her mid teens that her true passion for music and public speaking was discovered.
Growing up, severe and relentless school bullying became regular on a daily basis for Elsie. Being made fun of for her curly hair and good grades, getting called mean names, and being continuously left out are only a few of the unfortunate things that led to the destruction of Elsie's confidence and self-esteem. "I would always ask myself 'why me?', I didn't understand why I wasn't good enough. I dreaded going to school, I was so afraid of what would happen next and by the end of the day I usually found myself crying." The bullying turned into a vicious cycle that Elsie thought she would never escape.
Now in just four years, country artist Elsie Morden already has some very impressive gigs under her belt including: Dauphin's Countryfest, Diamonds in the Rough Showcase at Canadian Country Music Week (London, ON and Saskatoon, SK), East Coast Country Night at Casino Nova Scotia, The Winnipeg Fringe Festival, The Back 40 Festival, The Winnipeg Folk Festival, Summer in the City Festival, The Winkler Harvest Festival, Indie Week - Toronto, and Parks Alive Festivals in Kelowna, BC. Elsie placed 2nd in the Canaan Mountain Music Fest's Country Horizon Artist Contest. The Manitoba Country Music Association Female Artist of the Year Nominee and Music Nova Scotia Country Recording of the Year Nominee also has a diverse catalogue of honest, original, and relatable songs, and has recently released her self-titled debut full length album that reached #28 on iTunes. Co-produced and written solely by Elsie Morden, listeners can get to know her not only as an artist, but as a person too. Elsie's love for music, consistent determination, a pure heart-warming voice, and the ability to play several instruments, are sure signs that this motivated and inspirational singer-songwriter has what it takes to make her dream of becoming a star a reality.
As if her music career doesn't keep her busy enough, during her senior year of high school in November 2012, Elsie created the "No Time for That" Tour presentation, of which is still offered free of charge. She is the founder and CEO for the registered Canadian charity No Time for That Anti-Bullying Society and a youth ambassador for Kids Help Phone. "I know how alone, misunderstood, and hurt I felt when I was being bullied, and I also know that there are thousands of others feeling the exact same way I did. No one deserves to feel that way." Elsie tells her stories and experiences, and performs the songs that she has written which all relate to bullying, mental health awareness, and how to overcome tough times. She talks about what it's like living with mental illness, explaining that even though she still struggles with depression and an anxiety disorder, it doesn't define her. "I've learned that it's okay not to be okay. Yes, I have some really bad days, but I also have really good days, and those good days are the days worth fighting for. Positivity is key and so is self-love." It is so important to focus on the positive and what makes you happy, and to not let people or things bring you down. So far, this ambitious, inspirational girl has visited over 500 schools across Canada with the "No Time for That" Tour. She has received the CAMH Difference Makers Award, Shaw's 50 Outstanding Canadians Award, the MCIC Global Citizenship Award, the Premier's Healthy Living Award, the Volunteer Manitoba RBC Local Hero Award, the YMCA-YWCA Young Woman of Distinction Award, and has been nominated for the CBC Manitoba Future 40 Award and nominated as a Manitoba Hero in recognition of her effective presentation. Elsie hopes to continue to help and inspire as many people as possible with her message of empathy and empowerment.
Elsie Morden loves performing as much as she loves helping people. She is a huge advocate for living and maintaining a healthy lifestyle, and is keen on respecting and protecting the environment. Overall, Elsie serves as an ideal role model, and there is no doubt that she will continue to inspire all!