Kiesza is a 2008 alumna of the Contemporary Music and Technology program. She recently graduated from Berklee College of Music and we had the privilege of hearing about how her career is moving forward at an exciting pace.
This month I graduated from Berklee College of Music, with a Degree in Professional Music. I am training with the vocal trainer Don Lawrence in New York, who also trains Lady Gaga, Christina Aguilara, Bon Jovi and Bono. I am planning to release a single called “Oops,” independently this summer and will be shooting a music video for it soon. Currently I am working on putting together my live show.
During Selkirk, I won a radio grant of $10,000 from Rawlco Radio to go towards producing an album. I worked on my first self-titled CD with my keyboard instructor Gilles Parenteau, who co-produced and arranged the entire album.
Prior to the release of this album, with the sponsorship of The Bolt Supply House,I was able to donate 4,700 copies of my album to the Canadian troops fighting in Afghanistan, who could not be home for the holidays. The CD’s were hand delivered to each soldier on Christmas day. This album received a lot of radio play in Calgary on Mix 97.7 and helped me develop a Canadian following.
After Selkirk, I moved to Boston to attend Berklee College of Music on a substantial scholarship. After being at Berklee for a few months, I was connected to a rising producer name Rami Afuni who has worked with such artists as Akon, Tincy Strider and Mos Def. He encouraged me to try writing in the dance/pop genre. We co-wrote the first track “Where Was You” together and shortly after, I was flown to London, England to play the Canada Day in London Festival for approximately 30,000 people. Following that event, I was then slotted in Virgin Mobile’s U.S. music festival, which had about 45,000 people attending. At the moment I am finishing my next album with Rami and will be showcasing for several major labels in April 2011. I have also recorded with LMFAO, a successful electronic-hip hop band.
Selkirk was very important in directing my musical career. I owe a lot of credit to Gilles Parenteau for believing so strongly in my music and motivating me right from the start. I have never had a better teacher or mentor than him. Kiesza was once a member of the Canadian Navy, won Top Shot and was scouted as a sniper. She participated in the Miss Universe-Canada pageant and sailing is a major passion of hers. Visit her online at www.reverbnation.com/kiesza.