2024 Canadian Folk Music Award Nominee - Emerging Artist of the Year / Young Performer of the Year
2023 "Les Culturiades" Prix de la jeunesse
2022-2023 SOCAN Honourable Mentions for "Garden Through the War" & "Kitchissippi"
2023 Canadian Representative at "Les jeux de la Francophonie" in the Democratic Republic of Congo
2023 Folk Music Ontario Awards - Album of the Year Nominee - "Garden Through the War"
"...a knockout voice...heartfelt songs..." -Lynn Saxberg, Ottawa Citizen
"Mia Kelly continue de nous émouvoir avec sa folk qui émigre vers les voies du cœur un peu comme Brandi Carlile, Matt Holubowski, Big Thief ou Phoebe Bridger." - ARP Média
Mia Kelly is a singer-songwriter from Gatineau, Quebec who writes and performs in both French and English. Mia enthralls listeners with a distinctive blend of Folk, Rock, and Blues and is making her mark in the Canadian folk music scene. Swiftly gaining recognition as a poetic lyricist with a powerful and versatile voice, Mia is a born performer who radiates confidence on stage. With her knack for adapting the stories of the people she has connected with in her life, Mia is an imaginative storyteller who channels her raw and vulnerable emotions through her expertly crafted songs.
In August of 2022, Kelly released her first album “Garden Through the War”. Produced and mixed at Fixed Hinge Studio by Ottawa’s Jim Bryson (Kathleen Edwards, The Tragically Hip) 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 received recognition from the SOCAN foundation and has been nominated for Album of The Year at the Folk Music Awards 2023. This year, Kelly was awarded Emerging Artist of the Year by Culture Outaouais, is nominated for two Canadian Folk Music Awards, and represented Canada as a finalist at the 2023 Jeux De La Francophonie.