Armed with a voice and an entourage of instruments, Farnham set out with one vision: To inspire through the power of musical storytelling. Drawing from a classical and theatrical background, she presents a hallmark reinvention of the folk tradition, drawing audiences into imaginative vantagescapes of the familiar world.
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Armed with a voice, entourage of instruments, and faith in the power of story, songstress Kala Farnham set out into the world with one vision: To inspire through the transformative power of musical storytelling. Farnham has garnered numerous awards and recognition, including 2019 Rose Garden Performing Songwriter Contest winner and alumni of the Johnny Mercer Songwriters Project. Farnham's recent album, a heartfelt account of adventure and homecoming titled "Samadhi: Home Is Where You Are", was nominated for RI's Motif Music Awards "Best Americana Album", and hailed by Bill Copeland Music News as "soulful Americana" in "one of New England’s best voices in one of this year’s best written and best recorded works". Drawing from a classical education and professional career in musical theater, Kala presents hallmark reinvention of the folk tradition; Her passion for fairytales, ancient history, and vivid storytelling draws her audience into imaginative re-creations of the familiar world.
Kala Farnham: Lyrical Letters (2017)
Kala Farnham offers beauteous sophomore album Samadhi: Home Is Where You Are (2016)
Kala Farnham, Anahata: Wake Up Your Heart (2014)
Roots Report: Don't Let These Shows Pass You By (2014)
Kala Farnham Off to Promising Start with Debut CD Anahata: Wake Up Your Heart (2014)
The Best of 2010 (2011)
Three for 2010 - Chieftains, Farnham & Beck (2010)
Farnham's Take on Solo Artistry (2009)
2019 Winner of the Rose Garden Performing Songwriter Contest
2019 Honorable Mention - Rocky Mountain Folks Festival Songwriter Showcase
2017 Winner of the RISA Performing Songwriting Competition
2017 Johnny Mercers Songwriters Project alumni
2017 Motif Music Awards Finalist "Best Americana Album"
2015 Official Showcase Artist - SERFA Music Conference
2015 Motif Music Awards Finalist -"Best Americana Vocalist (Female)" and "Best Americana Album"
2014 Motif Music Awards Finalist -"Best Americana Vocalist (Female)"
* Has shared the stage with: John Gorka, Vance Gilbert, David Roth, Billy McLaughlin, Lari White, Mary Fahl of the October Project, Don McClean, Tower of Power, Christine Ohlman and Rebel Montez, Steve Katz of Blood Sweat and Tears
* Has been featured at: Infinity Hall (Hartford CT), The Garde Arts Center (New London CT), The Spire Center (Plymouth MA), Ethel M. Barber Theater (Evanston, IL) - click here for full list
"Kala Farnham’s second album Samadhi: Home Is Where You Are offers bold musical accomplishments and one of New England’s best voices in one of this year’s best written and best recorded works."
- Bill Copeland Music News (read the whole review here)
"Kala is a performer not to be missed. The delicate beauty of her vocals and piano playing will leave a lasting impression."
- Theresa MacNaughton, Hartford Stage
"This is what happens when a truly gifted musician invests a lifetime perfecting her skills but somehow maintains the spontaneity of a young and curious poet. It is rare to find both paths intertwining so comfortably together..."
- Don Tassone, The Mediator Stage, Providence RI
"Kala Farnham's show at our coffeehouse tonight blew everyone away. That young woman has so much talent it's shocking. The beautiful melodies, complex arrangements with classical and Broadway chops mixed every now and then with Billy Joel, the complete confidence and utter humility..."
- Stephen Holloway, Harbor Church Common Ground Coffeehouse, Block Island
"Just a note to thank you for the beautiful music and superb audience engagement last Friday for the "67 Park Place" Performance Series. Your melodies, lyrics, poetic references, and voice set in the gallery made for a truly unforgettable and artful evening. Your performance provided the best possible example of how work scaled for chamber presentation can have powerful impact..lovely!"
- Mary, Samaritans of RI
"Kala Farnham shows that she is an ever-growing, ever-engaging, and ever-imaginative artist who continuously stretches the boundaries of genre with honesty, musical grace, and superb song-writing skills. By doing so, she gives us songs that start as a change inside of her, but change us too - And this is what great music is all about."
"Your CD was the highlight of my [conference] listening experience. I love your composition and melodic sense and your voice is exquisite."
- Jim, Billboard Top 10 songwriter
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