Downie has been singing in front of audiences since she was a small girl. She began her formal vocal training as a young teenager performing classical, pop and jazz music. She has a minor in vocal performance from Brigham Young University.
Downie received rave reviews in Tokyo, Japan where she lived and performed for four years. While in Tokyo she performed to sell out crowds at Astro Hall, The Cotton Club, Birdland, Sheraton Bay View Lounge, Jazz Melody Line, and B Flat
Her passionate and spell binding performances make her a favorite artist at clubs, festivals, concerts, dinner shows and private parties.
In addition to her original songs ranging from contempory/latin/standard/pop Downie also performs a vast array of beloved American Songbook Standards.
Upon returning to the states she began singing again at venues in Western MI and has performed live on air at WGU jazz music series with Scott Vander Werf, WYCE with Ryan Reynolds WPMD with Mike Stark and TEE-M on the unsigined music show in Los Ceritos California.
Her music has been played in Las Vegas, Phoenix, San Diego, Houston, Galveston, Seattle, New Orleans, Ft. Collins, Greeley, Pensacola, Scranton, Western MI, Baltimore, Boston, Memphis, Jackson, Milwaukee, Huntsville and Albany. Grand Rapids, WGVU – Grand Rapids, MI, WYCE – Grand Rapids, MI, Jazz City Radio – Internet, Ambiance Jazz On
Tee-M’s Unsigned Music Show – Internet, Women’ Radio Live 365 – Internet, UK Jazz Radio – Australia
Her New CD "A Different Kind Of You" is now released and is now being played on Don Wolff Play "I love Jazz", National syndicated radio "The Bill Miller Show", WLNZ radio with Jim Stone. WVOF with Jeff Scott, and KSGL Wichita.
On February 9, 2012 Downie appeared on "The Dennis Bono Show-Live from Las Vegas and her CD release show was March 9, 2012 with feartured guest artist James Torme, and on March 28 she appeared on "Coffee Break" with Jack Robins on WLNZ tv.
June 2012 By Lazaro Vega
Blue Lake Public Radio
The first time I heard Downie she was on the radio broadcasting live from a Grand Rapids restaurant (2009-ish?). Someone said she’d recently sung in Japan; otherwise I was in the dark, and skeptical: skeptical of another unknown “jazz” vocalist. How many singers entering jazz from theater first or crossing out of classical music and needing seasoning in their newly chosen style had I forgotten? No thanks to repertoire choices flat as dawn on Lake Michigan.
Out of obligation to the local scene, though, I tuned in. The band was flying, guitar soloing at length. Solid rhythm section. A jazz band. Then I heard her, listened for a good half hour, and felt a confidence in this admittedly ad hoc, last minute hit. “She’s got it together.” Downie had command of the situation musically, wasn’t afraid to let the band stretch, and sounded comfortable dealing with the noisy, though attentive crowd (welcome to Grand Rapids). Nice surprise.
Called the radio program’s host, Scott VanderWerf, and asked him what he thought. Same reaction: she’s for real. Nice surprise.
Shortly afterwards, ever the hustler, Downie came by our radio station and laid a 2010 EP on us. Yes, she was crossing over from years in classical music, opera, where she’s still a vocal coach, but the seasoning came from those years in Japan, not only performing but investing in the painstakingly slow ear training work of jazz theory, personalizing her repertoire by jumping into composing, and fingering several top local-boy-made-good musicians to help bring out the sound she imagined for herself.
Downie, it seems, is a born leader.
Jazz Director Blue Public Radio
Singer/Songwriter Peter Godwin of the UK band Metero and Nuevo says,