Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Singer Is an Intriguing Presence on Scene; SARAH JEFFERY Chats to Alt-Folk Singer Keiandra, Who Has a Few Gigs Coming Up in the North East

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Singer Is an Intriguing Presence on Scene; SARAH JEFFERY Chats to Alt-Folk Singer Keiandra, Who Has a Few Gigs Coming Up in the North East

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Byline: SARAH JEFFERY

LT-FOLK singer-songwriter Keiandra is currently making waves with her music across the North East.

AThe fledgling songstress only emerged on the local music scene at the end of last year, but is already in demand as a regular performer in Tyneside and in London.

Keiandra is known for her clever use of lyrics in her self-penned songs, which leave the listener filled with intrigue, while her haunting and ethereal voice accompanied by acoustic guitar leave them wanting more.

But the talented singer hasn't always found writing songs easy. She said: "My sound has definitely evolved over time, although it was more I just couldn't write the songs I wanted to write because I wasn't good enough at just one instrument. I learned loads of instruments all at the same time so I kind of spread out my time on all of them and never became amazing at just one.

"I taught myself how to play guitar after a good friend showed me a few chords but I've only just got into my stride and finally started writing the kind of music I've always wanted to because my technical ability has improved so much in the past year. I've never really thought about a sound, it was more about just a feeling of how I want my music to be. If I could sum up my music I would probably say that it has an ethereal sound with a haunting vocal."

The 18-year-old singer has been performing since a young age, but she didn't start experimenting with her own music until her mid-teens. Keiandra started to write her own material and has been gigging around Newcastle since late October/November time. Even though she's fairly new on the scene she thinks she has "come quite far in such a short time".

She has had an eventful year so far, with support slots for Beth Macari and Baz from The Stranglers, alongside BBC Introducing and Amazing Radio coverage, not to mention the recording of her debut EP. …

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