Brief bio: Listeners say Kaia Fowler’s music “speaks to the soul.” Through song, Kaia evokes transcendence and comfort even when witnessing difficult topics like personal loss, social inequality, and our fragile Earth. Her music explores challenges, embraces resilience, and celebrates the joy of being alive, even in times of sorrow. An accomplished finger style guitarist with a wonderful vocal range, Kaia’s sound ranges from vibrantly melodic tunes reminiscent of artists like Joni Mitchell and Joan Baez to blues and roots rock songs with rhythmic strumming and powerful vocals. In concert, Kaia’s warm energy and authenticity invite listeners to transcend the day-to-day in a way that only live music can.
A finalist in the 2012 Great River Folk Festival songwriting competition, her stands out for its lyrical detail and melodic phrasings that take advantage of her wide vocal range. 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 husband who died of pancreatic cancer, with sales benefiting the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. A new album, One Breath, is scheduled for release in 2019.
History and Venues
Kaia Fowler’s songwriting and performance blends genres sometimes called singer-songwriter, Americana, contemporary folk, acoustic blues, and roots music. Her sound integrates beautifully resonant vocals reminiscent of singers like Joan Baez and Joni Mitchell with guitar work that ranges from delicate finger picking to percussive strumming. Kaia took up guitar playing and songwriting at a young age, and, throughout her life, she has poured her observations on life’s struggles, longings, joys, and sorrows into songs. In concert, Kaia’s energy and authenticity invite listeners to transcend the day-to-day, getting at the heart of the human experience in the way only music can.
“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 mysterious power 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 well-loved 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, The Coffee House in Milwaukee, and The Rockford Listening Room in Illinois. Kaia covers songs by artists as diverse as John Prine, Patty Griffin, Stevie Nicks, Carole King, Dolly Parton, and Susan Tedeschi.
Awards and Press
A finalist for the 2012 Great River Folk Festival songwriters contest, Kaia’s songwriting has been compared to Joni Mitchell’s and John Denver’s for its lyrical poetry, rich melodies and engaging chord progressions. 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 released a four-song EP album titled All The Way in Oct. 2015. All the Way is dedicated to her husband, Scott R. Jaeger, who died of pancreatic cancer in 2013, and proceeds from sales benefit the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.
She is currently working on a new album One Breath to be released in 2019.
Sharing Songs Beyond the Stage and Studio
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 such as spiritual retreats, art openings, elder communities, charity events, religious services, memorial gatherings, and farmers markets describe her voice and songs as inspiring hope, comfort, and healing.
Examples of community service: 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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