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Kaley Kinjo

Ask around in almost any corner of the Calgary music scene and you will find someone who knows Kaley Kinjo well. In the past seven years he has become a very active and noted member of the Calgary musical community. Introduced to the music scene first by his older brother Jory (of the Calgary based group Mocking Shadows), Kaley started by playing bass for others. For several years Kinjo regularly performed with many different groups and attended every local jam he could find.

In the winter of 2004, Kaley auditioned for popular Canadian act The Plaid-Tongued Devils and has been with them ever since. In that time he has toured western Canada and parts of Europe with them, sharing the stage with such acts as Lisa Brokop, Stabilo, Jim Cuddy, Sarah Harmer, 54-40, Trooper, Faber Drive, Patricia Conroy, The Sadies, The Great Lake Swimmers, Rachelle Van Zanten, TOFU and Bettie Serveert. As well, in the past five years, Kinjo has performed or recorded with over 3 dozen different acts and artists.

Although Kaley is usually noted as a sought-after bassist, this young artist demonstrates plenty of talent on piano and guitar as well. Never one to limit himself, Kaley’s music consists of a wide variety of styles including roots, ska, folk, soul, rock, punk, country, pop and even reggae influences. Each song is an entity in itself but somehow remains familiar, comfortable, and yet still distinctly unique. Intelligent, insightful, and often humorous lyrics are only brought more to light by the richness and purity of Kinjo’s voice. Soulful rhythms and ear-lingering melodies line the artist’s songs and grab the listener’s attention.

Those who have seen Kaley perform will remark on his excellent musicianship and captivating stage presence. This performer lends an energetic, fun, and rather youthful charm to his stage show, as well as having the

Just recently in 2007, Kaley won 2nd Runner-up and Best Performance in The Calgary Folk Music Festival’s annual songwriting competition for his song ‘Dear Lord’. It was the first time in the history of the competition that a participant has won two prizes in the same year. Shortly after that Kaley visited Okinawa, Japan where he performed the same song live on air during an island-wide radio broadcast. Kaley will be releasing his debut album in the fall and plans to tour through Western Canada and parts of Japan promoting his music. With a promising debut album on the way, we can expect great things in the future from this unique and talented artist.

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