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 at the age of 19. 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.

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 already received recognition from the SOCAN foundation.

Mia has had the privilege of playing many incredible folk stages throughout Canada and the United States including RBC Bluesfest, 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 was named by the Ottawa Citizen as one of the city’s top artists to watch in 2020. 
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Mia Kelly est une auteure-compositrice-interprète bilingue qui évolue dans le monde de la musique au sein de la région Ottawa-Gatineau. Mélangeant le folk, le blues, le rock et l’americana, la voix puissante de Mia se remplie d’histoires aux thèmes profonds et d'émotions brutes. 
 
En Août 2022, elle a sorti son premier album « Garden Through the War ». Réalisé et mixé au Studio Fixed Hinge par Jim Bryson et masterisé par Phillip Shaw Bova (Nominé aux Grammys), le disque démontre la maturité de l'écriture de Kelly. Explorant le thème de la résilience, l'album a déjà reçu la reconnaissance de la fondation SOCAN. Mia a eu l’occasion de charmer plusieurs grandes scènes à travers le Canada (Festival des Montgolfières de Gatineau, Bluesfest, Salle Odyssée, Summerfolk Fest, Blueskies Folk Festival, etc). Nommée une des dix artistes d'Ottawa à surveiller en 2020, elle a également été choisie comme l'une des cinq «artistes à surveiller» de Télé Québec (2019). De plus,  l’artiste de 19 ans a reçu des accolades de la SOCAN, d’un concours de chanson international (Blues and Roots Radio), et en tant que participante à la conférence Folk Music Ontario. 
 
Mia fait vivre une expérience rassemblante et réconfortante, qui remplit le cœur des spectateurs. Avec son énergie joyeuse et son sens de l'humour, les douces mélodies et l’écriture réfléchie de Mia Kelly  font d’elle une artiste en plein essor.

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Ottawa Citizen, March 2022

CBC Ottawa Morning, March 2022

La Presse, Août 2021

La Presse, Hold On To, Août 2021

Apt613, July 2021

Roots Music Canada, April 2021

Gatineau TV, August 2020
 
Tout Inclus, Radio Canada, August 2020
 
The Ottawa Sound, July 2020
 
Sur Le Vif, Radio Canada, February 2020

Six exciting new artists, The Morrisburg Leader, February 2020
 
10 Ottawa artists to watch, Ottawa Citizen, January 2020

Vendredis LIVE, Énergie 104.1, September 2019
 
Tout inclus, Radio Canada, July 2019
 
CTV Morning Live, July 2019

Bytown Sound review, March 2019
 
La Rotonde, March 2019

A&R Factory review, February 2019

Radio-Canada, Sur le vif, February 2019

CHUO, RadioActive, February 2019

CKCU, Canadian Spaces, February 2019

MAtv LeZarts, January 2019

Châtelaine - "Découvrez sa sublime et profonde voix, et son admirable doigté.", Nov. 2018

"Cinq artistes à décourvir sans faute", La Fabrique Culturelle, Sept.2018
 
La Fabrique Culturelle,Télé-Québec Outaouais, Sept.2018

Radio-Canada - Les Matins d’ici , July 2018

CKCU- Canadian Spaces, June 2018

CBC - Ottawa Morning, March 2018

Radio-Canada- Grandes dames de chez nous, March 2018

The Charlatan for the Marvest Article, September 2017
 
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"She’s a ball of energy and her voice and writing will take her far." 
-Arthur McGregor, Upper Canada Folk Festival

 
 

 "...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
"...she’s one heck of a powerhouse vocalist with a terrific collection of songs."
-Roots Music Canada
"...potently celestial vocals and lyrical depth you could drown in..."
- A&R Factory
“Mia sings a melody with power and confidence. Within seconds her voice and presence had the audience transfixed. This young lady is someone to watch!”
- Off the grid productions
" It was a joy to share the show with Ontario's own Mia Kelly and get to hear her exquisite music for the first time "
-Allison Russel, Birds Of Chicago
"...sa voix prometteuse et des mélodies folk particulièrement solides..."
- Le Droit