"Sloan, accomplished on both guitar and piano, has been writing her own material since 2008, with the release of her first album, Always Changes (2008), followed up by her second, Kelly Sloan (2010). Her new album, recorded in the fall of last year at the Echo Chamber in Halifax, remains true to her her raw and earnest songwriting style, with songs steeped in influences ranging from folk and country, to vintage flavours of 50/60’s pop and rock. However, this time, Sloan takes an adventurous step into bolder territory with a stronger presence of guitar work, varying rhythms, and some added synth, which lends to an even more diversified sound."
-Terry Steeves, APT613
Kelly has been awarded the Galaxie Rising Star Award, has performed at the Ottawa Bluesfest, Folkfest, Jazz Festival and has opened for Basia Bulat, Josh Ritter and Jim Bryson. She continues to work full-time as a touring musician and soloist for hire.
a few kind words...
"Sloan’s new album, “Big Deal”, is her best work yet, and reflects a fearless leap into a musical spectrum she continues to explore on a deeper level. Kelly Plans two local release shows for new album" - Terry Steeves, APT613 - May 4, 2016
"Judging by her previous success, 2016 should be a fantastic year for this talented artist." - "Artists to Watch for in 2016" - The Revue - January 8, 2016
"Her pure and pretty vocals, edged in soft vibrato, breathe delicately through the music with wonderfully written melodies through her instrumentation." - "Marvest: Apt613 Presents Kelly Sloan." - Apt613 - September 10, 2015
"She's from the Ottawa Valley and plays a unique blend of folk, country and soul. This is a must-see show to check out an up-and-coming local artist who may very well make it big one day" - 4 MUST-SEE SHOWS AT RBC BLUESFEST 2013 - July 4, 2013
"I was again impressed with the noticeable, demanding presence of the vocals, ...It reminds me very much of how the unassuming Jeff Tweedy of Wilco commands control of the song without effort" - KELLY SLOAN - ANOTHER HALIFAX INFLUENCED FEMALE FOLK FIRESTARTER - February 21, 2013