Nova Scotia-based singer and songwriter, Mo Kenney, will be taking the stage on Mar. 12 in the Sean O’Sullivan Theatre.
After catching the ear of fellow maritime rocker, Joel Plaskett, when she was only in high school, Kenney released her debut album in 2012. Her impressive follow-up In My Dreams was released in late 2014.
Plaskett produced both records and since their collaboration, Kenney has truly created her own waves in the Canadian folk scene as a rising star.
In 2013, Kenney received an East Coast Music Award nomination for Rising Star Recording of the Year and was awarded the Pop Recording of the Year, Female Artist of the Year and New Artist Recording of the Year at the Music Nova Scotia awards. She also received the New/Emerging Artist of the Year award at the Canadian Folk Music Awards.
“The first record is sometimes folk and sometimes pop,” said Kenney. “To have my foot in a couple of different genres and have people recognize that is very cool.”
The key album track “Sucker” (a CBC Radio favourite) also brought Kenney the prestigious 2013 SOCAN Songwriting Prize, a confirmation of her early potential as a fresh and original songwriting talent.
Already this year, Kenney has been nominated for three East Coast Music Awards including Pop Recording of the Year, Song of the Year and Fans’ Choice Entertainer of the Year. Winners will be announced at the ceremony in early April.
Kenney’s musical career began early at age 11 when she first picked up a guitar, influenced by a plethora of classic rock bands such as Led Zeppelin, Ozzy Osbourne and Pink Floyd.
It was after being grounded for two months at the age of 16 that she began writing her own music and learning a finger-picking technique. It was also at this point that she developed a strong interest in indie music due in part to the soundtracks of Wes Anderson films.
Two years following her first interaction with Plaskett, his manager suggested to Kenney to attend Gordie Sampson’s Songcamp in Cape Breton before getting into Plaskett’s studio in Dartmouth.
Though she suffered from severe stage fright prior to her success as an artist, Kenney has accomplished a lot at only 24 years old and impresses audiences with her calm and friendly stage presence, which compliments her unique and easy-listening music.
Ground Control Magazine has boldly stated that “it feels awkward to just blurt it out, but Mo Kenney has already achieved a craft on the level with artists including Stevie Nicks, Ani DiFranco and Neko Case. It’s hard not to feel like you’re bearing witness to the birth of a new star.”
For more information about upcoming events, visit arts.brocku.ca