Stacey Kay ON: Pop Music and Radio Play
Monday November 4th 2014
Though we live in a time when social media and the Internet play a massive role in helping artists spread their sounds, good ol’ fashioned radio play remains key. And thrilling. Just ask Stacey Kay, an animated and versatile singer-songwriter who has enjoyed radio support, both as a solo artist and as a member of acappella group Eh440.
Raised in Cambridge, Ontario, Kay sang in – and often won – music competitions from the time she was a teen. She shed an initial lean toward country music in favour of exuberant pop, and learned to improvise while competing in front of large audiences. Kay also studied singing, acting and dance, and is as comfortable on the improv comedy circuit as she is performing alongside musical heavyweights.
Her humour, powerhouse vocals, and even fresh beatbox skills are all on display throughout a self-titled, seven-song EP that is soon-to-be-released through Slaight Music. Kay co-wrote all of the songs, which she describes as “pop soul.” Two of those numbers, “Island Girl” and “Take a Ride,” have already come out as singles, complete with accompanying videos. They’ve built a buzz around this woman with joyful vocals and rapid-fire raps.
TD Music had the opportunity to speak with Kay during NKPR’s jam-packed IT Lounge event. Here, she shares her infectious laugh, love of pop music, and tales of just how it feels to hear your own songs on the radio.
Find out why radio is Stacey Kay’s magician.