East Bay Kay is in da house! 

So, after an incredibly tumultuous year—in which I released my debut CD, was shortly thereafter laid off from my job at a NYC hedge fund, sometime after that went on a road trip that led me to realize that NYC was slowly killing me, and then decided to move to northern California—I am finally settled in the San Francisco Bay area
The weather is fantastic, the earth moves on a regular basis, and I'm as happy as a San Francisco Bay dungeness crab to be here. More to come soon
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<b><a href=http://www.kayashley.com/calendar.html>CD Release Party!</a></b> 

HELIOTROPE will be officially released on March 24th, 2009, just a few days after the Vernal Equinox. Whether heliotrope is your favorite flower, your favorite color, your favorite stone, your favorite surveying instrument, your favorite biological phenomenon (clearly I am in favor of all you people picking up a dictionary)—or perhaps even your favorite new CD—I think we can agree that the beginning of spring is a great time to release a record. I'm excited to announce that the release party for HELIOTRead more

HELIOTROPE headed to the factory! 

I got the final discs back from my mastering engineer this week, and as soon as I finish the artwork, it's off to the factory! I'm looking at having 1,000 copies of "Heliotrope" in my hot little hands (and taking up a lot of space in my apartment) by the end of the month, and soon after that, it will be available for purchase on CD Baby, iTunes, and DigStation. Don't let the market crash get you down—buy music! :-)

15th Annual Billboard World Song Contest 

Just a post to let ya'll know that I received four top-tier "Honorable Mentions" in this year's Billboard World Song Contest. "Beautiful" placed in both the Folk and Pop categories, "Holy Man" placed in the World category, and "The Wind Is Gonna Blow You Down" placed in the Rock category. Hey, I didn't win, but I placed in four different categories—how cool is that? :-)

Summer Update 

As we near the Summer Solstice, the arrival of my new CD HELIOTROPE (co-produced by Michael Leonhart and myself) also nears... and I have some shows coming up, too Recently I've been playing every Monday night with a great group of musicians who call themselves The Soul Folk Experience, and there is some video footage of some of our live, impromptu collaborations in the Links section of my website. I'll be playing with some of the Soul Folk folks on Friday, June 20th at 6:30 at Banjo Jim's, testing…

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I've got the final mixes in the can, as they say, and now it's off for mastering and replication. It's the end of a long road, but I am so happy with the results and hope that you will be too. You can hear the unmastered tracks in the Music section I've got some interesting shows coming up: I'll be playing in-the-round with Jenny Goodspeed and Patti DeRosa at Thataway Café in Greenwich, CT on May 29th... and then several NYC shows in June and July. Take a gander over to the Calendar for all the…

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Spring is almost here... 

... and so is my CD! I've decided to name the CD "HELIOTROPE", which is a return to an old idea I had for the name of the CD. Then over time I thought that heliotrope was too obscure a word, and that I should name the CD after its meaning: leaning towards the light. Now I've decided that dictionaries are good for you, so please read all about the varied and multi-layered meanings of the word 'heliotrope'. Happy hunting! The CD is steadily moving down the assembly line towards the mastering stage, and…

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Happy New Year! 

2008 brings in a new leap year, and a new CD from me ~ "Leaning Towards The Light" will be coming your way very soon... 2008 also brings a new show at Rockwood Music Hall, my most favorite venue in NYC. I'll be playing there on Tuesday, January 22nd at 7 pm. See my Calendar for more details and for information about additional upcoming shows...