“Five Minutes With” Calgary folk artist Kate Stevens

Kate Stevens is an emerging folk artist from Calgary, Alberta with an eclectic mix of emotive 70s folk & soulful pop. Her sound can best be described as if Amy Winehouse and Carole King had a love child with sprinkles of influences from timeless voices such as Etta James, Ella Fitzgerald, and Joni Mitchell.

Creating and spearheading the venture for the Youth Musicians of Music Mile Alliance (YOMOMMA), Stevens has focused on connection, mentorship and performance opportunities for other aspiring youth musicians (11-21). As the founder and artistic director of YOMOMMA, she collaborates with iconic Calgary music institutions such as the Blues Can, National Music Center, Gravity Espresso and Wine bar. “What started as an organization feels more like a community at this point, I’ve met other like-minded young musicians wanting to better their craft and who I can surely call my best friends,” explains Stevens.

Kate Stevens

Name: Kate Stevens

Genre: Folk

Founded: Age 13

# of Albums: 1

Latest Release: June 2018

Latest Single:

Right Choice (June 2018) is a track produced by Josh Rob Gwilliam (Michael Bernard Fitzgerald, Transit 22) recorded at OCL studios (Alberta). “it’s probably the catchiest song I’ve written,” says Stevens. “The upbeat Bee Gees-esque tune totally gives listeners something they can crank to 11 no matter where they are”. The single follows her debut EP, Handmade Rumours that was released Summer 2017.

Favourite Local Restaurant:

Without Papers Pizza, Monogram Coffee Altadore

Favourite band as a teenager:

Hey Ocean, Whitney, Moonchild.

Favourite band now:

YEBBA, Tom Misch.

Guilty Pleasure Song:

Party for two by Shania Twain or Baby Come Back by Player

Live Show Ritual:

Orange juice and salt and vinegar chips + Singing through a straw to reduce vocal swelling.

Favourite local artist:

Benjamin Longman, Wyatt C. Louis, Ann Taylor, B*les, Justine Vandergrift, Rabino. There are too many to just pick one!

Nose Hill or Fish Creek?

Fish Creek! Or East village river walk

EP or LP?


Early bird or night owl?

Night owl 100%

Road or studio?

Studio! I’m super fortunate to have recorded all my music at OCL Studios, if you’ve ever been the breathtaking facilities you’d understand why I never want to leave.

Where can we follow you?

Website | Facebook | Instagram

Any shows or albums coming up?

New music coming Spring 2019!