Her music has been described as “soul-infused folk,” with a “Canadiana flare”. No matter the umbrella under which her music falls, Kelly’s masterful voice, rich storytelling, and heart-stirring melodies penetrate deep into your bones the way good music should. A classically trained singer from the Ottawa Valley who spent a third of her life in the Halifax music scene, Kelly’s sound is a pleasing blend of diverse styles, ranging from soul, folk, blues, rock & jazz. Her two studio albums offer painstakingly crafted songs, garnering excitement for her upcoming, third full-length album.
Since re-planting her roots in the Ottawa music scene, Kelly has been awarded the Galaxie Rising Star Award, has performed at the Ottawa Bluesfest, Folkfest, Jazz Festival and the Gatineau Festibière. She has opened for Justin Rutledge, Josh Ritter and Jim Bryson at the Blacksheep Inn. 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 Sloan 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