Today, At Home with The House of Songs features Canada'sKaia Katerand Los Angeles’Leslie Stevens. This past January, Leslie and Kaia both took part in our Songwriter Summit at our Ozarks location. We invited seven artists to live together for 10 days, and over that time they were paired up in different combinations. “Free State” is the result of Kaia and Leslie’s collaboration. This song looks at the idea of letting go, and returning to place of happiness and mental freedom. Even if we are all confined by the walls of our homes, the notion of finding that "free state" of mind is one we could all benefit from right now. The video recorded atCrisp Recordingand was shot by Evan Alvarado (AEnimate Media Productions). We will be featuring both Leslie and Kaia individually in the near future. We encourage you to follow and support Leslie, Kaia, and all of our fellow musicians in this uncertain time by making donations to artists or purchasing music and/or merchandise.
Awarded “Best Country Singer” in the LA Weekly’s 2018 Best Of, you can feel Leslie Stevens’ voice reach the nails in the doorframe. She spins a high craft, with songs about donkeys and drinking and driving in heaven— and just when you thought she might light your living room on fire with a giggle, she’ll blast you through the skylight into outer space. The LA Times calls her "one of the city's best" and Chris Ziegler (LA Record) explains that Leslie has "the kind of voice you'll realize you've been waiting to hear since forever." She’s sung on records by Jim James, Father John Misty, Jonathan Wilson, and live with Joe Walsh, Jackson Browne, and John Fogerty, as well as other musicians not beginning with the letter “J.” Brave lyrically and vulnerable in spirit: Leslie never shies away from laying down what’s what, if only to leave a mark on the most golden part of your soul.
Montreal-born Grenadian-Canadian Kaia’s jazz-fueled voice and deft songcraft have garnered acclaim from NPR, CBC, Rolling Stone and No Depression. Her 2016 release 'Nine Pin' earned a Canadian Folk Music Award. Her new album 'Grenades' explores themes of migration and belonging and has been nominated for a 2019 JUNO award and long-listed for the Polaris Music Prize.