Brief bio: With soaring vocals and impassioned guitar playing, Kaia Fowler’s songs explore a vast emotional landscape. Drawing from the folk, blues, and roots rock traditions, her music resonates with strength and vulnerability. A finalist in the 2012 Great River Folk Festival songwriting competition, her writing has been compared to Joni Mitchell’s for its lyrical detail and melodic expression. A review by The Americana Gazette says, “Kaia Fowler is a tremendous lyricist. Her lyrics paint pictures and her musical notes add the color.” Selections from her 2010 album Seams of My Heart received radio play on Women of Substance Radio. Kaia’s 2015 album, an EP titled All The Way, is dedicated to her late husband with sales benefiting the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. A new album, One Breath, will be released May 2018.
Full bio: Kaia Fowler’s music is a cross-blend of folk, blues, roots and rock. With soaring vocals and accomplished guitar work, Kaia shares songs that explore life’s longings, struggles and celebrations. Inspired by nature and the human experience, Kaia’s songs resonate with strength and vulnerability as she explores a vast emotional landscape.
“Sharing songs helps me connect with others,” says Kaia. “When I sing about my loves and losses, concerns and inspirations, fears and hopes, I know we all share these experiences, each in our own way. There, in that moment, because of the magic of music and words, we understand one another better. We sense that we’re all in this together. I love that aspect of what I do most of all.”
With over 20 years as a performing singer-songwriter, Kaia draws from a large repertoire of original material and select cover songs. Based in Wisconsin, Kaia shares music at folk clubs, coffee houses, wineries, and house concerts. Venues include the Cafe’ Carpe in Fort Atkinson, Wis., the Brink Lounge in Madison, and Just Goods in Rockford, Illinois. Kaia covers songs by artists such as John Prine, Patty Griffin, Stevie Nicks, Carole King, and Susan Tedeschi.
Kaia’s songwriting has been compared to Joni Mitchell’s for its lyrical poetry, rich melodies and engaging chord progressions. She placed as a finalist for the 2012 Great River Folk Festival songwriters contest. Two songs from her 2010 album Seams of My Heart received radio play on Women of Substance radio. The Americana Gazette album review had this to say about Kaia’s songwriting: “Each song is very well written, with a true authenticity of life. You can picture yourself or someone you know in each story line.” It continues, “Fowler is a tremendous lyricist. Her lyrics paint pictures and her musical notes add the color…” (Aug.-Sept. 2010)
Kaia’s latest album, released October 2015, is an EP titled All The Way, dedicated to her husband, Scott R. Jaeger, who died of pancreatic cancer in 2013. Proceeds from sales of All The Way benefit the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.
Kaia’s musical work expands beyond the stage and into communities where she shares music that promotes peace, wellness, and a sense of togetherness. Listeners at locations as diverse as art openings, senior homes, charity events, and farmers markets describe her voice and songs as comforting and inspiring. Click here for more about Kaia’s work with older adult communities. In 2010, she was invited to share her song “Who Are You?” as a guest at Michelle Shocked’s Roadworks “jobless recovery” tour in Madison, Wis. In 2012, the Veterans for Peace, Madison, Wis. Chapter invited her to perform her song “Home With You” at a State Capitol peace rally. Kaia also provided music for the 2016 Rainbow Hospice Memorial Quilt Dedication at Hope Fest (Jefferson, Wis.) and the PurpleStride Madison 2016 Pancreatic Cancer Action Network fundraiser walk.
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