Katey Morley proves, once again, that the proverbial tortoise wins the race.
It’s been three long years since her last release “Now & Then,” which was featured on CUIT, ERIN Radio and CBC. Her third single “Good Little Girls” was chosen by Gill Deacon as CBC’s song of the week in March 2018. It also won an honourable mention in the Women’s Freedom Song Contest in 2019.
In 2020, she’s finally ready to release new music. Unequivocally Canadian, she is sorry it has taken so long. “It is next to impossible to survive in music without a day job,” she explains, “and next to impossible to record an album while you’re working full time.” Squeezing in studio sessions after work and on weekends, the self-taught composer and multi-instrumentalist has crafted a very fine batch of slow-cooked and sonically delicious tunes for her forthcoming EP: “Hearts & Heads & Thoughts & Deeds.”
It is not easy to assign a genre to Katey’s eclectic sound, but you will recognize the seriousness of folk, along side a heavy dose of country earnestness and delightfully singable pop melodies. She is one part Portishead, one part Johnny Cash, and the rest is all her own.
Katey plays dulcimer, autoharp, keys and percussion, but it is her voice that captivates listeners and has earned her a loyal following. Soft and vulnerable for a moment, and then suddenly unleashed, it is a powerfully dynamic instrument, drawing comparisons to the likes of Linda Ronstadt, Brandi Carlyle, and Sinead O’Connor.
She is obsessively musical, writing, arranging, tinkering and tracking as songs come, with her tight knit group of Toronto based musicians. She plays with a live band regularly, and never fails to win over the crowd with her always impassioned performances.
Katey will release the single “The Guy Who Breaks Things,” a dark and twangy account of a well-intentioned mess who accidentally topples everything in his wake, to all digital platforms on July 16, 2020. It will be followed by the full EP release in September, 2020.
Katey began singing, playing and composing at a very young age. As a teen, she studied for 3 years with acclaimed vocal teacher Elaine Overholt (Shawn Mendes, Francisco Yates, Queen Latifah and many more). Soon after, she left Jazz studies at York University to front the band Gypsy Soul (Resort/Universal Records), toured North America with Minneapolis folk-rockers Bobby Llama, and returned home to record her first solo album, “Phor”.
Over the last decade and a half, she has been producing and recording original songs, while supporting herself as a world-touring club DJ, session singer and designer. With Duncan Coutts (Our Lady Peace) and producer Scott Currie (Emily Haines), she recorded the award winning “Noah” (Great American Song Contest), capturing the attention of the legendary Garth Hudson of The Band, who travelled to Toronto to perform organ and accordion on four of Katey’s original songs.
“Morley’s voice is soft and confessional but with a gritted-teeth steel that tells you not to underestimate her“- Listen With Monger
“The timelessness of Morley’s songwriting… transcending the roots genre by adding in elements of jazz and pop” – Spill Magazine
“Katey reminds you of all the things you forgot…pure of heart, pure of art.” –Zack Werner, (Producer, Songwriter, Canadian Idol Judge)