2016 Manitoba Country Music Award WINNER Emerging Artist of the Year
Singer-songwriter Kayla Luky lives in Grandview, Manitoba, a small farming community nestled between the Riding and Duck Mountains. This unique setting gives her country sound absolute authenticity.
Luky has played shows all over Manitoba, and toured Western and Eastern Canada a few times over, along with such events as Canadian Country Music Week, Break Out West, Folk Alliance International, Folk Music Ontario, Canadian Music Week, North by Northeast, Dauphin’s Countryfest and many folk festivals.
After much positive response to Kayla Luky’s last albums The Time It Takes (2011) and Kayla & Ben (2013) she decided to further cultivate her music by working with award winning producer Murray Pulver (Doc Walker, Steve Bell, Bros Landreth.) The end result is Back To Dirt (2017) featuring twelve new tracks soaked in alcohol, dirt and sorrow, honouring the roots of real country music.
COUNTRY MUSIC PEOPLE - FEBRUARY 2017
Kayla Luky grew up surrounded by country music in the rustic farmlands of Canada, something that has had a strong influence on her music, and that of her new album, to which the title Back To Dirt alludes. Describing her music as, "Too country for folk and too country for country!" Luky says, "I grew up on a farm and still live in a rural community, which allows me to have a unique lifestyle with a perspective that is less influenced by what's going on in more urban centres." says the singer and songwriter from Manitoba.... click here for full feature
"In a world of country junk, this is a very refreshing addition to country music: goodbye Nashville, hello Manitoba!"
— Ron Moores, Back 40, CKCU Ottawa
"I listened and listened again. And again. It is clearly one of the best Canadian country records ever. (Alongside Lindi Ortega, Shania, and The Blue Shadows.) I could easily leave out the word Canadian in the above comment, if it were not so important to respect that significant circumstance. As far as the clarity and emotional power of the singing, the songwriting, the inspired performance of the musicians, the empathetic production and the sequencing go, it excels by any standard. The packaging is exquisite and entirely proportional to the magnificence of the music. It is alternately a cheerful, and a tearful earful and a true antidote to the prevailing media mendacity."
— Paul Corby, Corby's Orbit, Radio Regent
"Kayla Luky... what you hear is what you get. One of the most true to herself songwriters I’ve heard. Her songs take you in and grab you. Kayla has a captivating voice that genuinely tells her stories. An outstanding talent to keep your ears to the ground for."
— Murray Pulver, Producer
"Kayla Luky is authentic and honest in her poetic realizations which she effortlessly delivers with poise and grace."
— Quinton Blair, Singer-songwriter
"In a diverse field of talented artists, Kayla Luky was a stand out for me at the Folk Music Ontario showcases. Kayla’s personality clicks right away with her audience, staring you down in a warm and affable way that says “hey we are in this together right?”. I was drawn into her stories from her first strum and just loved her fun, quirky, classic country tunes."
— Randy Follett, Esplanade Arts and Heritage Centre, Medicine Hat, Alberta
"Kayla Luky’s music is at once familiar and brand new. With a voice that is reminiscent of Miss Loretta and Dolly, but with a style all her own, Kayla writes songs with amazing depth and perspective, but employs great hooks that get you singing along. This young woman is the perfect combination of sweet and sassy."
— Lisa Schwartz, Festival Director, Philadelphia Folk Festival
“Emerging artist winner at the MCMA Awards...I guess SO! It’s always the sweet quiet, unassuming ones that BLOW YOUR MIND. Kayla Luky is one of those. You watch her sweetly and demurely take the stage and then she opens her mouth to sing. Suddenly, your jaw is in your lap and she’s taken your breath away.”
— Leanne Cater QX104 PM AMD and 2016 CCMA & MCMA Radio Personality of the Year