It looks like it’s going to take more than a pandemic to derail the promising career of vocalist Caity Gyorgy.

While being stuck at home has meant no more live concerts, band rehearsals or studio sessions, the 22-year-old rising star of Canadian jazz has made the best of her downtime.

Gyorgy has released two new singles in the past few months — Postage Due in April and A Certain Someone in July — gaining global attention via Spotify and social media, and she’s been landing gigs for live-streamed concerts hosted by the Jazz Bistro, the JazzYYC Virtual Summer Festival and others. She has three other studio projects recorded, mixed and mastered, waiting for the right time to be released.

Meanwhile, the Calgary-born singer just graduated from the music program at Humber College and will be working toward a master’s degree from McGill University starting in the fall.

Gyorgy first made a name for herself as a teenager on Canada’s festival and talent-show circuits. She has played with some of the country’s top jazz talent including Allison Au, George Koller and Trevor Giancola, and she’s studied with Mike Downes, Pat LaBarbara, Lisa Martinelli, John MacLeod and more. Counting Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Esperanza Spalding and Cécile McLorin Salvant among her stylistic influences, Gyorgy leads a quartet and a tentet, playing original material and jazz standards with a flair for vocal improvisation. Jaymz Bee has called her “the greatest scat singer I’ve ever seen.”

We asked Gyorgy, a participant in our Jazzology program, to tell us more about how she’s been keeping busy and what she’s planning for the future.