Kal Lavelle


Locations: London
Genres: Folk Indie Pop

biography

Kal Lavelle is an Irish born singer songwriter now living in London. Her songs are instantly captivating, with a voice that Alex Zane (Channel 4) praised as simply "beautiful".

Kal began playing guitar after winning a £1000 in a Mars Bar when she was 10 yrs old. With the money, she bought her mother a washing machine and for herself, her first guitar.

Kal's debut EP ‘Shivers’ climbed to #5 in the iTunes Singer/Songwriter chart. The iTunes US & Japanese stores also featured her in the 'New & Noteworthy' section. This in turn led to her song 'Breakfast At Tiffanys' being chosen as 'Single of the Week' on iTunes.

'Breakfast At Tiffanys' went top 10 in the Singer/Songwriter charts in three countries, iTunes Japan, iTunes Netherlands, and iTunes Belgium, it also charted in iTunes Ireland and iTunes Finland.

Three of her tracks have featured on Tom Robinson's BBC RADIO 6 show & her song 'Downstairs' was selected for the BBC Introducing Podcast. She was also a special guest on BBC Introducing, which was broadcast Nationwide.

Artful (Dodger's) Mark Hill was so impressed by Kal's vocals, he asked her to feature on his track 'Could Just Be The Bassline' (co-written with Ed Sheeran). The song made Music Week's prestigious 'Playlist', was Dj MistaJam's (Radio 1 & Radio 1xtra) 'Jam Hot record of the week' & was playlisted on Radio 1xtra. (With the video on rotation on MTV.)

Kal Lavelle has gained huge support from her friend Ed Sheeran (Grammy nominated, Brit Award winner). He took her on tour in the UK & Ireland in 2011 and asked her to support him at his biggest headline show (thus far in the UK), Thetford Forest, Suffolk, in 2012, playing to 10,000 people!

On the 1st of Jan 2012, the Sunday Mirror (UK National Newspaper) listed Kal in their "Hot for 2012" Ones to watch list. 

Festival slots were to follow, including Latitude Festival, Stummerville Festival and headlining the acoustic stage at RedFest Festival. Further highlights of 2012 included Kal's first television synch on the soundtrack of BBC drama 'Lip Service' and supporting the incredible 'Bastille'.

In Nov 2012, Perez Hilton ("the worlds biggest blogger") discovered Kal's music & featured her on his website, calling her music - "Exquisitely beautiful & raw, it's as if she's talking directly to you!".

2013 began with the music site 'Music Is My Drug' placing Kal on their 'Ones to watch' for 2013 list. Her OntSofa session of 'I Fell In Love With My friend' surpassed 30,000 hits on You Tube, (residing in the Top 10 most watched videos on their site) and the well respected 'Balcony TV' featured Kal in their "Global Show Of The Day" section, which was highlighted across the Balcony TV network around the world.

2013 also saw Perez Hilton selecting Kal's song ‘The Ocean’ for inclusion on his Pop Up #2 compilation album (exclusively released in United States & Canada on May 14th 2013), alongside songs from Lianne La Havas, Paloma Faith, Tegan and Sara, Bastille and more. ‘The Ocean’ is also available worldwide as a Single on iTunes.

Perez says of the track: "I wanted to end Pop Up #2 on a sweet and romantic note, and this song is just so exquisite, hopeful and filled with love -- all things I want to share with the listener. It's also by a totally unknown artist. My hope for this compilation is that those who buy it enjoy the process of discovering new artists as much as I do -- and seek out more!"

Near the end of 2013 Kal ran a Crowd Funding campaign to raise money to create her next EP (she raised 51% in the first 24hrs! And raised 100% on day 23 (the campaigns length was 60 days). In the end, Kal raised an extra 37% of her intended goal! 

Recording of the record has begun, with extra tracks being added, the intended EP is now looking like a album!

The rest of the year will be spent recording the album, with a release date expected in early 2014. This will be supported by a UK/Ireland and European headline tour.