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Ken Yates with Jadea Kelly

Ken Yates with Jadea Kelly

UMFM Presents

Ontario-born indie-folk artist Ken Yates has a pen­chant for say­ing what the rest of us are think­ing. Cerulean, his lat­est album, finds Yates at his dark­est and most vul­ner­a­ble — the worst pain comes with no bleed­ing” he writes — as he explores the com­pli­cat­ed real­i­ty of nav­i­gat­ing the world through half-clenched teeth. Yates’ ear­worms of sad­ness” have gained him a new legion of fans, who, drawn to his stun­ning can­did­ness and relata­bil­i­ty” (No Depres­sion), have shared numer­ous fan cov­ers on social media and helped spur a ded­i­cat­ed surge of audi­ence growth. The new album found great suc­cess at stream­ing, where songs were shared on playlists includ­ing Your Favorite Cof­fee­house,” Infi­nite Indie-Folk”, Fresh Folk,” and more. Guest vocal­ists Kath­leen Edwards, Katie Pruitt and Stephanie Lam­bring lent their tal­ents to the new songs, pro­duced by Ottawa’s Jim Bryson. With praise in FLOOD, Atwood Mag­a­zine, NPR Music Live Ses­sions, and two Cana­di­an Folk Music Awards under his belt, Yates has expand­ed his tour­ing in recent years, sup­port­ing acclaimed artists includ­ing Pas­sen­ger, Kath­leen Edwards, and Stu Larsen, as he brings his lyri­cal ves­sel of yearn­ing and emo­tion­al reck­on­ing” (FLOOD) on the road.

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