The bright lights and big sounds of country music are hitting Elkhorn tomorrow evening.
Area residents are getting the first sip of Manitoba recording artist Kendra Kay’s sophomore EP, More to Me, weeks before a yet-to-be-determined wide release this summer. The 21-year-old singer is hosting a CD release party at the Elk’s Hall in Elkhorn Friday evening.
“This is for the local people around Elkhorn and Westman who have been my supporters since the start,” Kay told the Westman Journal last week. “I wanted to give them a chance to come out and listen to the music first because I haven’t played live there before. They’ll also get a chance to pick up the CD before its official release. It gives the people of Elkhorn a chance to hear how much I’ve grown over the past few years.”
More to Meis co-produced by veteran country artist Terri Clark, Canadian Country Music Association Producer of the Year Murray Pulver, Jeff Jones and Bart McKay, who has worked with the likes of Brett Kissel and Gord Bamford. Kay recorded six songs for the CD; numbers written by Patricia Conroy, Jessica Mitchell, Meghan Patrick and Juno Award nominated songwriter Don Amero.
Two of the songs were recorded in Nashville, Tenn. The remaining four were set down back home in Canada.
The EP arrives four years after her first recording, Broken, which included six songs with a more traditional country and western sound. More to Me has a contemporary tone and expresses how much Kay has grown since entering the recording industry in 2014
Kay said she wanted to show a different side to herself this time around. Since Broken’s release, she has been developing her own, unique sound, mixing modern, radio-ready country music with a touch of tradition.
“There was a lot more soul searching in myself to find the right songs for this body of work. When I put out my first EP four years ago, I just got out of high school and I was still in high school when I was recording it. I didn’t know who I was as an artist yet. I hardly knew who I was as a person. I really just recorded the music I was a fan of,” she said.
“The difference between that (album) and this one is that I have found myself and who I am as an artist. It represents what kind of a person and singer I have become over the past four years.”
Kay wrapped up a two-week tour of Saskatchewan early this month. After playing the CD release party in Elkhorn, she will travel to Vancouver, B.C. to perform at acclaimed live-entertainment spot, The Roxy. While there, she will also conduct a promotional tour of area radio stations.
Later this summer, Kay will showcase her new EP during the halftime show at the 2018 Banjo Bowl at Winnipeg’s Investor’s Group Field where the Winnipeg Blue Bombers host the Saskatchewan Roughriders on Sept. 8.
Her show in Elkhorn begins at 8 p.m. and features supporting artists Leona and the L-Tones, and Emma Peterson. Tickets are $10 and are available at area Co-op Stores, Kristina’s Salon, Flower Attic and Gifts, and Samantha’s Boutique.