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EXCLUSIVE: Ottawa-Based Singer-Songwriter Kae Shelby Opens Up To The Sound Café About Her Music On Our 'Global Voices' Podcast

The Sound Cafe's Stevie Connor with Kae Shelby and her stellar band

In the heart of Burlington, Ontario, the beautiful venue, Pepperwood Bistro, played host to a musical extravaganza that left the audience spellbound. Kae Shelby, a rising star, took centre stage, at the album launch of her second release, Unbroken, with a bang.

The venue, packed to the brim, buzzed with anticipation as local Country artist, Hayley Verrall, set the tone for the afternoon with a fantastic set, leading up to Kae's electrifying performance. Backed by the stellar musicianship of Frank Koren's band, Kae Shelby left an indelible mark on all in attendance.

Kae's musical journey continues to soar to new heights. With the release of her sophomore album, Unbroken, she proves once again why she's a force to be reckoned with in the Canadian music scene. Garnering rave reviews from critics and fans alike, Unbroken is a testament to Kae's unwavering commitment to authenticity and excellence.

The album's lead single, "This Time," climbed the ranks from number 116 to reach an impressive number 14 on the Canadian Indie Country Countdown Chart. Co-written with the esteemed North Easton, the song's anthemic quality and poignant lyrics strike a chord with listeners,'This Time' was also among the Yangaroo Top Country Downloads for the month of March alongside Jelly Roll and Keith Urban, quite the achievement, earning Kae Shelby a well-deserved spot among the Country/Rock scene here in Canada.

Speaking about the album in an in depth podcast interview with Stevie Connor for The Sound Cafe, Kae Shelby shares insights into its creation, describing it as a journey of resilience and renewal. From the healing depths of "Resurrection Baby" to the gentle embrace of "Unbroken," each track tells a story of overcoming adversity and finding hope in the face of challenges.

The making of Unbroken was itself an epic adventure, spanning an 1800-mile road trip from Ottawa to Austin, Texas. Documented by Kae's loyal team, Kae's Krew, who are Julie Graveline, Rhonda Barnes, and The Sound Cafe's Jo Louks, the journey culminated in recording sessions with the talented Anders Drerup and his team. The result is a rich tapestry of sound that captures the essence of both the open road and the human spirit.

With Unbroken, Kae Shelby reaffirms her place as a rising star in Canadian country music. Collaborating with a stellar lineup of musicians, including Anders Drerup, Andrew Pressman, and Ruby Jane Smith, she delivers a collection of songs that resonate deeply with audiences worldwide. From the infectious energy of "This Time" to the soul-stirring melodies of "Unbroken," each track showcases Kae Shelby's exceptional talent and artistry.

As Kae Shelby's musical journey continues to unfold, Unbroken stands as a testament to her boundless potential and artistic vision. With its soaring melodies and heartfelt lyrics, the album serves as a beacon of hope and inspiration in uncertain times. So, let the music play on, and let Kae Shelby's melodies remind us all of the power of resilience, love, and the unbroken spirit within us.



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