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.
"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.
never coming home
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.
Noisey.com -- "KINLEY Reclaims Her Story After a Sexual Assault In 'Microphone' Video"
CBC.ca -- "Kinley video launch for Microphone to raise awareness about sexual assault"
VICE.com -- "The Music Industry Did a Shit Job at Dealing with Sexual Assault This Year." CBC.ca -- 'Opening up a conversation' about sexual assault: Kinley Dowling pens cathartic debut album
CBC.ca -- 'Opening up a conversation' about sexual assault: Kinley Dowling pens cathartic debut album
CBC.ca -- 'Share and talk': P.E.I. singer Kinley Dowling receives many messages in response to song about sexual assault
CBC.ca -- The art post outpost: Breaking down complex social issues through art
THESTAR.com -- P.E.I. singer recalls rape in new song, hopes it encourages women to share stories