Calla Kinglit is a musician, songwriter and poet who draws inspiration from the awe of wilderness and exploring the human experience. She is currently preparing the release of her debut album comprised of songs written while living as a researcher in the Congo Basin in the Central African country of Cameroon, exploring the vast and redemptive beauty of her home base in Canada’s Yukon wilderness, manoeuvring through landslides in the Himalayas, and contemplating the spiritual journey of one small being. Her debut album 'Dreamer's Sea' will be released in June 2018.
Calla's music is characterized by haunting melodies combined with deep wilderness based lyrics. She is a multi instrumentalist, primarily writing on a warm hollow body electric guitar. “God River Waltz” and “Dreamer’s Sea”, Calla's first singles, were released in 2016 and have since been played on CBC Radio 2 and are on rotation on CBC North. In 2017, Calla received standing ovations for performances at Atlin Arts and Music Festival and Dawson City Music Festival, and placed in the top 25 in CBC Radio's Searchlight Radio competition.
“The appeal of this song [God River Waltz] is borne in Calla’s strong vocal range, both immovable and light, weaving and situated on her band's stripped-down instrumental composition. The song has a classic sound carrying with it memories of the Canadian folk tradition, while announcing an exciting new voice. Calla will be one to watch.”
“She is an artist with a unique perspective that is reflected in her gorgeous vocal and guitar arrangements and expansive lyrical scope.”
— Sean Kelly, Guitarist and Artist Mentor, Canada’s Music Incubator