Kayla Williams is a Central Alberta based singer/songwriter who unabashedly loves soulful pop music. Her sound is characterized by powerful, buttery vocals layered over a backdrop reminiscent of decades past. Her love of ‘60s/’70s music is represented by her soulful songwriting and thoughtful lyrics, while modern influences are clear in her sound. She pulls inspiration from oldies bands like the Four Tops, Hall and Oates and Fleetwood Mac as well as newer artists such as Lianne La Havas and Canadian pop songstress Ralph.
A new, soft ‘70s/”yacht rock”-inspired EP is planned for release in the summer of 2022. 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, AB). “In many ways, not being able to live life ‘normally’ felt like there were days being taken from me, like the pandemic was stealing from my youth,” says Williams. Despite the impact of COVID-19 on the live music industry, Williams performed more shows in the summers of 2021 and 2020 than she ever has before.
Since 2017, Williams has released four singles independently, and all have received regional radio airplay including CKUA and CBC. She’s been interviewed by CBC Calgary’s, The Homestretch and CBC Edmonton’s, Radio Active. Her single, “Something Right” (2019), was specifically written for the Canada Winter Games that year and was performed in front of over 8,000 people at the closing ceremonies in Red Deer, and to a national television audience on TSN. Williams was also one of 11 Western Canadian musicians invited into Canada’s Music Incubator’s AE West professional development program at the National Music Centre (2019). She has performed at Edmonton Fringe (2021), Waynestock Music Fest (2021/2019), Robson Valley Music Fest (2019/2018/2016) among hundreds of local performances every year.
Williams also has a passion for vocal health/science and coaching other vocalists. With a steady stream of performances, keeping her voice tuned up is a necessity and sharing this knowledge is valuable to her in helping others stay vocally strong and empowered. Her other ventures include voice-over work, home studio producing and improv/comedy. “I believe life should be lived by intensely following what lights you up,” explains Williams “so I pursue every musical and artistic endeavour with 100% of my energy and enthusiasm.”