ABOUT KAIYA

17-year-old Kaiya Gamble’s dynamic and deeply emotional voice will leave you speechless. This soulful pop singer/songwriter, performer and multi-instrumentalist based in Calgary, Alberta has captivated large and small audiences since she was just 9. Notably recognized as a golden ticket recipient on American Idol Season 22 and winner of the American Songwriter 2023 Song Contest (Teen Category) for “Sweet Talker,” her music has been described as a beacon of light containing an undeniable message of empowerment, inclusivity, and hope.

"Kaiya’s future is extremely bright - she has the maturity, poise and professionalism to go along with her undeniable talent."

Ron Lopata

"Kaiya is undeniably a force to be reckoned with in the music industry today and for years to come. There are no words that could possibly be worthy as a description of this young artist and what she is doing and can do. This is only the beginning for Kaiya."

Kim Cyr, NOW and THEN Magazine

"Kaiya is one the most promising emerging artists I have come across in a long time and I’m excited to see her career unfold."

Samantha Pickard, Strut Entertainment

"You can put me on record as being the first to say that this young lady, in 3-5 years, will be opening for the likes of Alessia Cara and Shawn Mendes. Never have I seen such raw talent and force."

Brett Kissel, CCMA & JUNO award-winning artist

"In this atmosphere of unrealistic expectations, pressure to conform and a lack of genuine connection, Kaiya's music seems to ease the burden of youths as they transition into young adults. Kaiya lives to bring hope and positivity to a demographic that sorely needs it"

Justin Kudding, JUNO award-winning producer

released JUNE 9, 2023

POLAROIDS

A few years ago, I experienced the loss of a friendship. In the echoes of my heartache, I channeled my shattered emotions into creating this song. Writing “Polaroids” helped me mourn the loss and heal the wounds left by a friendship replaced.”  – Kaiya

 

sweet talker

RELEASED JANUARY 27, 2023

This song has a very special place in my heart – it is my grandmother’s favourite song, and when she was fighting for her life in the hospital, I recorded it to be close to her when we were physically apart. It reminds me that even when all seems lost, we can find joy and happiness in the gift that is life.”  – Kaiya

 

sweet talker

RELEASED march 30, 2022

The story within “Sweet Talker” is a journey. At the beginning, the other person has all the power. They broke your heart, never loved you and that hurts, a lot. By the end, there’s a self realization that you are the person in charge. You’re better off without the toxicity and you weren’t to blame. This song is a goodbye to the toxic people in and around your life, and a hello to the power you hold within yourself!” – Kaiya

RELEASED NOVEMBER 5, 2021

This song is all about falling in love for the very first time. It reminds me of when I first started music five years ago. I was completely in love with writing, singing and playing the keys, but at the same time I had no idea what I was doing. That innocence is special because everyone was once at a place where they were completely inexperienced at loving something or someone. I think all people can relate to that.” – Kaiya

RELEASED dECEMBER 7, 2020

“This is a song that will forever hold a special place in my heart. It was the first song I recorded, the first song I released and the first song I wrote that had a message that really touched people’s souls in a way I never could have imagined.

“Speak Out” is a story of courage, and to see so many people be touched by its message is the greatest honour you can have as an artist.” – Kaiya

American Idol Season 22 Golden Ticket recipient (2024)

Featured in “In Pursuit of Wellness” Series 2 film | Produced by BBC Storyworks and presented by Global Wellness Institute (2024)

Winner of American Songwriter Song Contest, Teen Category for “Sweet Talker” (2023)

Composed/arranged/performed all the instrumental music for ‘Mission Ready,’ a podcast created by STARS (Shock Trauma Air Rescue Society), a nonprofit air ambulance medical organization based in Western Canada created to serve the most critically-ill and injured patients (2022)

Named Standout Artist in Lawson Vocal Studio’s national ‘Becoming’ contest (2021)

Nominated for 2 YYC Music Awards: Pop Single OTY (“Speak Out”) & Prophets of Music Emerging Artist OTY (2021)

Featured on a Times Square Bilboard (2021)

Placed Top 3 in the International Women’s Freedom Song contest (2021)

Co-wrote with notable Canadian songwriters: ANNIKA, Spencer Cheyne, Justin Kudding, Aaron Pollock and Lydia Sutherland (2021)

Winner of Alberta Music’s Individual Micro Grant contest (2021)

Has a 4-page feature in Amazon Bestseller book, ‘Women of Inspiration, Women Driving Change’ (2021)

Debut single “Speak Out” premiered on CBC Radio’s ‘Key of A’ (Dec 5, 2020 | official release date: Dec 7, 2020)

Youngest artist to be featured on HOLR Magazine’s ‘In The Mirror’ podcast (2021)

Winner of the Youth Excellence Award at the Women of Inspiration Ceremony (2019)

Direct support for JP Saxe in Montreal, QC on his ‘A Grey Area Tour’ (2024)

Showcase Artist at Canadian Music Week (2022/2023) ***youngest artist selected to perform

Performed at 2 SOLD OUT shows at the King Eddy in Calgary as direct support for The Definitive and The Static Shift (2023)

Feature performer at 4th Street Lilac Festival in Calgary (2023)

Performed for David Foster as part of the TD Incubator Program (2022)

Performed at the world-renowned Jack Singer Concert Hall in Calgary for Doug Mitchell’s Memorial Service (2022)

Feature Performer at ‘Becoming’ National Contest at El Mocambo in Toronto (2022)

Feature Performer at the National Lead 2 Impact Summit (2021)

Feature performer at the Distress Centre’s National Lend An Ear event (2021)

Created and produced ‘Kaiya Live,’ a free online benefit concert benefitting three organizations: CINIM (Alberta), Wickfest (International), and A Sound Life (Australia). The event featured international artists Lenka and Edo Kahnwas and received support from Brett Kissel and Hayley Wickenheiser (2021)

Performed at Universal Women’s Network’s ‘Peer to Peer Jams & Role Model Talks’ event (2020/2021)

Headline performer at Wickfest Festival (2019/2020/2021/2022)

Feature performer at the Vera and Friends Benefit Concert, produced by Murray Ord (Legends of the Fall) (2018/2020)

Feature performer at the Brett X Brett Christmas Concert, hosted at the Jack Singer Concert Hall in Calgary (2018/2019)

Feature performer at the Women of Inspiration Awards (2018/2019/2020)

Feature performer at Brett Wilson’s OMGP event in support of adolescent mental health (2018/2019)

Performed alongside CCMA & JUNO Award winners, Brett Kissel and Paul Brandt (2018/2019)

Feature performer at Paul Brandt’s ‘Not In My City’ benefit concert to end human trafficking (2018)

LIVE PERFORMANCE VIDEOS

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sweet talker

CONTACTS

BOOKING & GENERAL INQUIRIES

kaiyagambleconnect@gmail.com

PROJECT MANAGEMENT

Mélanie Vautour | Highway 79 Artist Services

PUBLICITY

Samantha Pickard | Strut Entertainment

RADIO PROMOTION

Bill Miller | Sharp9 Music