Kaleigh Watts is a Canadian musician and songwriter, born a songbird of the wild, water, and woods. Her alto singing voice has been described as raw and hauntingly beautiful, which perfectly complements her rhythmic fingerpicking on acoustic guitar and her old soul as a lyricist. Throughout live performances, Watts musically captures audiences with her on-stage performance charisma, nostalgic melodies on her vintage würlitzer electric piano, and imaginative use of household objects and trinkets that she plays using violin and cello bows to create breathy, eerie sounding textures.
Watts’ debut project “Smoke Lake” was recorded without electricity in her family cabin and along portage trails in Smoke Lake, Algonquin National Park, Ontario. Many of the tracks were inspired by the familiar surroundings of Algonquin, and include field recordings and textures of the park’s wildlife and natural atmosphere.
Watts is set to release her second project “Hung Me Dry” on May 21, 2017. “Hung Me Dry” is a collection of songs composed during and inspired by Watts’ five years living in the city of Ottawa; an emotional and evocative art piece that illustrates Watts’ longing for relief amid the solitude and darkness of a city. Watts features her raw vocals and classic fingerpicking on acoustic guitar, and debuts an elevated sound with lush arrangements of bowed bass, warbling würiltzer, and subtle drums, that project warmth and juxtapose with her somber lyrical themes. Watts opens her grieving heart for the duration of “Hung Me Dry”, engages your own heart’s strings, and immerses your memory with hers of a mid-sized metropolis.
While obtaining a Bachelor of Music degree from Carleton University, Watts was mentored by many notable Canadian musicians, including Juno Award and Canadian Folk Award winner Lynn Miles, and songwriter Ian Tamblyn. Over the course of her training and mentoring, Watts has developed an eclectic and diverse vocal resume, with performing genres ranging from electronic pop, indie, folk, blues, and jazz. Watts’ voice and instrumentation have been featured on electronic tracks with Toronto EDM duo Snowday, and as an alto jazz vocalist in the Carleton University Jazz Ensemble. Watts’ notable performances include the National Arts Centre, CityFolk Festival, RBC Ottawa Bluesfest, City of Om Yoga Festival, and an eastern Canadian tour with “Toronto’s The Most Loyal”.