Soulful-pop artist Kayla Williams performs a busker set as part of RISE UP! Weekends at Studio Bell.
A Calgary based singer-songwriter with a love for soulful-pop music, Kayla Williams' sound is characterized by powerful, buttery vocals layered over a backdrop reminiscent of decades past. Her love of ‘60s and ’70s music is represented by soulful songwriting and thoughtful lyrics, with a modern twist. Being obsessed with oldies and harmony even garnered a meeting with her idol, Brian Wilson, who said “You’ve got the voice!”.
Her last single, “Stealing from My Youth” (2020) was recorded with JUNO Award-winning producer Spencer Cheyne (Jocelyn Alice, Brett Kissel) at OCL Studios near Calgary. Despite the recent impact on the live music industry, Williams performed more shows in the last two years than ever before. In 2021 she was also a recipient of the Alberta Music Microgrant and Red Deer Emerging Artist Award and is currently in the process of recording a new, soft ‘70s ”yacht rock” inspired EP planned for release in the summer of 2022.