"Shockingly good ... elements of country, soul, and sultry acoustic pop are combined with sophistication and polish ... Fraser's moving songs don't really need anything more, except to be discovered." - The Montreal Gazette
Kaya Fraser is a singer-songwriter from Montreal, now based in Ottawa, where she works by day as a public librarian. After several years on the west coast, and a hiatus prompted by life circumstances and a global pandemic, she is poised to return to the stage and studio with a collection of new songs about re-emergence and reconnection with what matters most.
Following in the songwriting footsteps of her father (Allan Fraser of the acclaimed 70's folk duo Fraser & DeBolt), Kaya began writing her own music in her mid-20s while at graduate school studying Canadian poetry. She released her debut EP, Tremor and Slip, in 2007. Immediately, this recording made reviewers sit up and take notice. It peaked at #3 on the iTunes charts in its genre in France, and received healthy airplay on CBC and on college radio. Exclaim! said this about her first full-length release, Open Horizon (2010): "the album flirts with soul and blues, jazz and country, but ultimately, hangs together as a beautifully cohesive and promising debut." Kaya played shows and festivals across Canada, opening for the likes of Good Lovelies, Royal Wood, Justin Rutledge and others, and creating a buzz with her intimate, compelling performances. Ron Sexsmith recognized the promise in Kaya's "lovely voice and natural songwriting."
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