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“Letters Never Sent” won the ECMA AWards for “Rising Star Recording of the Year” and “Fans’ Choice Video of the Year” in 2018!

“Letters Never Sent” won the Music PEI Awards for “Female Solo Recording of the Year” and “New Artist/Group of the Year” in 2017. The song “Microphone” on that album also won the “SOCAN Songwriter of the Year in 2017.



Photo by Daniel Ledwell

Kinley Dowling is a vocalist and multi-instrumentalist from Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island.

While she’s WEll known as a member of Newfoundland’s indie ensemble Hey Rosetta!, she’s also an emerging singer-songwriter and recently released her solo debut album Letters Never Sent as KINLEY in October 2016.

The seven-song album was recorded at the Hill Sound Studio in Charlottetown and produced by Paper Lions' Colin Buchanan. Thayne Campbell of Sorrey, Andy MacDonald of Two Hours Traffic, Andrew Murray of English Words. and singer-songwriter Rose Cousins also contributed to the record. Each song is letter of sorts, addressed to a different and specific person, and brought to life in a tropically tinged indie-pop style that is an overall treat for the senses. 

As many local and regional acts know, Kinley is one of the most sought after string players when a group decides to make an album. She has recorded on over 50 records over the span of her career and her album credits include: Hey Rosetta!, Matt Mays, Jenn Grant, Two Hours Traffic, Molly Rankin, In Flight Safety, Buck 65, Classified, Rita McNeil, Dennis Ellsworth, and many more. 

She’s also seen multiple appearances with Grammy-winning artist Anne Murray. As a member of Hey Rosetta!, Kinley has toured Australia, USA, Canada and Europe multiple times, appearing at festivals such as Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, Ottawa Bluesfest, and Mumford and Sons Gentlemen of the Road tour.

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A love letter to Prince Edward Island in the summer. A call to all who have moved away out West to find jobs, to remember the simplicity of life and the beauty of nature and how good it is for your soul to swim in the ocean and be with friends. A call to be yourself. The “Golden Days” video has been licensed by the PEI Government as part of its repatriation campaign for 2018-2020. The campaign kicked off with a month long “Maybe You Should Come Home” contest in August of 2018. The winner, who had the most compelling story to return home to PEI won a free one-way airplane ticket to PEI from anywhere in the world.

NOTE - Screening of “Golden Days” at the Charlottetown Film Festival will be at 9:00PM on Friday, October 12, 2018!



"From the moment Kinley shared it with me, her song ‘Microphone’ would not leave my
mind. I listened to her song on repeat for months on end. I couldn’t shake the fact that
she had kept it in inside of her for over a decade and how that must have impacted her
every step. Over the year that we worked together to get the video off the ground we
consistently heard horrific stories of sexual assault in the media both nationally and
internationally. Around the time of pre-production, the results of the ‘Unfounded’
investigation were published. We knew the time was now. We wanted to weave as many
of these courageous survivors’ stories into the video. Our aim for the video is that it
serves wake up call for our society that sexual violence is a systemic issue and we need
to do better." - Jenna MacMillan (Director/Producer) 

**Content Note - This video contains information about sexual violence which may be triggering to some viewers**



‘Blackbird’ is an ode to the jealous ex-lovers of your current lover. Sometimes it’s easier to sing about petty issues poetically than to confront them face to face. There also happens to be a lot of black crows that take over Charlottetown at dusk. A lot of people are really cheesed off by them and how they run the city. Personally I think it is quite a beautiful sight to see them flock from the surrounding communities and come together in the tall trees at Victoria Park. The dance was choreographed by the talented actor/artist Maria Campbell. 


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One day my friend Jenna MacMillan (aka Jenny MakeMillions) and I agreed to make a video for a song my bud FWLR and I wrote. Geez, what a day we had! This is the result. Hope you enjoy. (:



I was at a pool party and was mesmerized by the amazing diving from Kelly McMichael (of the band Renders). She is a real life mermaid.

Directed, Filmed and Edited by: Jon David Hynes.

Filmed at Bird and Bear Manor. 

PRESS -- "KINLEY Reclaims Her Story After a Sexual Assault In 'Microphone' Video" -- "Kinley video launch for Microphone to raise awareness about sexual assault" -- "The Music Industry Did a Shit Job at Dealing with Sexual Assault This Year." -- 'Opening up a conversation' about sexual assault: Kinley Dowling pens cathartic debut album -- 'Opening up a conversation' about sexual assault: Kinley Dowling pens cathartic debut album -- 'Share and talk': P.E.I. singer Kinley Dowling receives many messages in response to song about sexual assault -- The art post outpost: Breaking down complex social issues through art -- P.E.I. singer recalls rape in new song, hopes it encourages women to share stories



Film & TV Placements

2018 PEI Repatriation campaign - Government of Prince Edward Island, “Golden Days” music video

Burden of Truth - CBC Drama series

Singing to Myself - Independent film

Suck It Up - Independent feature film

Lovely Witches Club - Web series

Coca-Cola Spotify Playlist - Facebook ad campaign

PEI Film, Food and Ideas Festival - “Microphone” music video screening

Charlottetown Film Festival - “Microphone” music video screening