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biography
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.

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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
reviews

"She’s a ball of energy and her voice and writing will take her far." 
-Arthur McGregor, Upper Canada Folk Festival

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 "...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
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