Mia Kelly

"...a knockout voice...heartfelt songs..." -Lynn Saxberg, Ottawa Citizen

"Her powerful vocals transcend her young years and she has an impressive natural confidence that is rarely seen. Mia is without a doubt one of Ottawa's most promising emerging artists." -Kelly Symes, Bluesfest

"Avec des compositions musicales d’une maturité étonnante, c'est une artiste qui déjà possède une présence et une aisance sur scène qu’envieraient les plus chevronnés." -La Fabrique Culturelle

 

Mia Kelly is a singer-songwriter from Gatineau, Quebec who writes and performs in both French and English.  Blending folk music with strong influences of blues, pop and americana, she is making her mark in the Canadian folk music scene at the age of 19. 

"Her powerful vocals transcend her young years and she has an impressive natural confidence that is rarely seen. Mia is without a doubt one of Ottawa's most promising emerging artists." - Kelly Symes, RBC Ottawa Bluesfest 

Backed by her performance on guitar or piano and accompanied by foot percussion , Kelly’s foot-stomping sing-a-longs are anchored by her powerful voice that emanates with raw emotion.  Her infectious energy captivates you as she shares her heartfelt stories & banter.  

Stylistically inspired by artists such as Shakey Graves, Matt Holubowski and Adrienne Lenker, Kelly turns to the leadership of women such as Allison Russell and Irish Mythen –  “Women who have fought for spaces in the music industry, who have overcome hurdles that I do not face, who make the music industry fairer and more inclusive place…those are the people who truly inspire me.” 

Kelly released her first EP “Cardboard Box” in 2019.  In August 2022, she will release her first album “Garden Through the War”.  Produced and mixed at Fixed Hinge Studio by Ottawa’s Jim Bryson (Susan Ungerleider, The Weakerthans) and mastered by Grammy-nominated Phillip Shaw Bova, the record demonstrates maturity in Kelly’s songwriting.  Exploring themes of resilience and growth that follow hardship, the album has already received recognition by the SOCAN foundation.  

Mia has had the privilege of playing many incredible folk stages throughout Canada and the United States including Summerfolk Festival, Festival des Montgolfières de Gatineau, Blue Skies Festival and Club Passim. In 2019, Kelly was selected to participate in the Folk Music Ontario youth development program and in 2020, was named by the Ottawa Citizen as one of the city’s top artists to watch.

 

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Artist Information

Website: Mia Kelly Official Website 
Tour Dates:  Mia Kelly Tour Dates 
Genre:  Singer-Songwriter 
Configuration:  Solo
Venues:  Festival Stages, Community Halls 

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