KINLEY: Multi-Credit Artist with a Tropically Tinged Indie-Pop Style
One of the most sought-after string players in Canada, Kinley Dowling hails from Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island and has a long list of music credits to pad her resume. Beginning as a member of Newfoundland’s well-known indie ensemble Hey Rosetta!, more recently she has released a solo-debut album “Letters Never Sent” and is currently working on her second album under the stage name, KINLEY.
When she was younger, Kinley wasn’t a fan of her name, because it was so different from everyone else’s. Having come from her mother’s maiden name—MacKinley—Kinley later realized she had been given something unique, something that would stand out on its own, giving her the opportunity to use her own name as a memorable stage presence.
Kinley knew she wanted to pursue a music from a young age. However, unlike most musicians, she had little desire to enter the spotlight, instead hoping to take a step back and play in the background. Mainly a recording artist, Kinley has yet to tour with her own album, but has toured with various bands she has worked with. Taking her across Europe, Australia, Canada and the United States, as well as giving her the change to appear in many festivals, such as Lollapalooza, Ottawa Bluesfest and Bonnaroo. She even got to open for Mumford and Sons.
She began writing when her cousin—musician Liam Corcoran of Two Hours Traffic—suggested it. At the time, Kinley was living in Halifax with two other musicians so there was plenty of inspiration to create art.
When she returned to PEI, Corcoran and another friend pushed Kinley outside of her comfort zone to record a few of the songs she had written. She was surprised to find she enjoyed the recording experience. Soon, “Letters Never Sent”—a collection of seven songs each one representing a letter addressed to a different person—was released to public. At the 2018 East Coast Music Awards, she won the Rising Star Recording of the Year for this album. She also took home the Fan Choice Video of the Year.
Being open to all sorts of collaborations has allowed Kinley the opportunity to make music with a variety of musicians. With over fifty record contributions in the span of her career, she has connected and worked with artists across the country. Often, she and her producer, Colin Buchanan of Paper Lions, will invite other artists to come record on her album. “There are so many talented musicians in PEI.”
Inspired by her cousin’s fashion sense, Kinley has always wanted a pair of Blundstone boots as her own and when given the chance to participate in the Blundstone Playlist Volume III with her song “Golden Days”, she jumped at the opportunity. “Every musician I know wears Blundstones.” When she sported her first pair, she wasn’t surprised why everyone wore them. “They’re comfy, no laces to tie and they’re warm.” She even had a tip for those parties with too many Blundstone wearers.
“I did put a small neon pink nail polish mark on the inside of the tag so I’ll know which pair are mine.” Good advice for anyone who has almost lost theirs among a sea of Blundstone boots.
The gentle melody of “Golden Days” will no doubt brighten your day as you listen to Kinley’s playlist contribution inspired by her favourite beach in PEI. Find it now on the Blundstone Playlist Volume III and look forward to the warm summer days to come.