Self-taught composer and eclectic multi-instrumentalist, Katey plays dulcimer, autoharp, piano 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, Sia, and K.D. Lang.
Katey’s sound is pure CBC– contemporary Canadiana, she is folk and roots, dripping with pop melodies, and a hint of country. She is 2 parts Portishead, 1 part Johnny Cash and the rest is all her own. She is obsessively musical, writing, tinkering and tracking as songs come, with producer Tom McKay and a 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 vocal performance.
Katey Morley will release her eagerly anticipated sophomore EP “Hearts & Heads & Thoughts & Deeds” in Spring 2019. The first single “The Guy Who Breaks Things”, is a dark and twangy account of a well-intentioned mess who accidentally topples everything in his wake. It will be released to all digital platforms in June 2019.
Singles from her previous double EP “Now” (2016) & “Then” (2018) have been featured regularly on CUIT, ERIN Radio, and CBC, and her single “Good Little Girls” was chosen by Gill Deacon as CBC’s song of the week in March 2018. With the help of FACTOR Canada, she has produced both the EPs and two music videos independently. She continues to create and share music, and seek out collaborations.
Katey began singing and playing at a very young age. As a teen, she studied for 3 years with acclaimed vocal teacher Elaine Overholt (Shawn Mendes, Francisco Yates, Lyric Dubee 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, she has been producing and recording original songs, while supporting herself as a world-touring club DJ and session singer. 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)