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Mo’s new album is almost ready!
Mo finished recording all her songs at the New Scotland Yard studio in Dartmouth, with her infamous producer Joel Plaskett, who’s putting the final touches on the album. It’s all coming together for an early fall release date.
For East Coast fans this summer, Mo is performing at the New Glasgow Riverfront Jubilee on (August 3)... (Read more)
Lady Indie’s NXNE picks
Writer Katie Sevigny from Lady Indie blog put together a list of female artists you should see at NXNE this year, and Mo is one of them! Click here to view the list. If you’re in Toronto for NXNE, you’ll find Mo at the legendary Horseshoe Tavern on Saturday, June 21.
Award-winning artist in Truro at the end of May
Award-winning musician Mo Kenney will bring her award-winning sounds to a Truro stage later this month. Kenney, a singer-songwriter who released her self-titled debut recording in the fall of 2012, will perform at the Marigold Cultural Centre with Dylan Guthro on May 30.
“I’ll be playing some of my new songs – I have a new record coming out in the fall,... (Read more)
Pheromone Recordings takes over The Horseshoe Tavern during NXNE on Saturday June 21
NXNE and Toronto label Pheromone Recordings today announced that five of the label’s artists would come together for a night of disparate musics on the Saturday of NXNE, June 21.
Pheromone founder Kim Cooke has this to say: “I blame Dave Bidini. He’s been on my case to do this for years and this year, Dave, Yvonne Matsell and I made it... (Read more)
“Carnivore” featuring Rachel Sermanni
Mo’s album is released on Star House Collective in Ireland. The video is made by Ambiguous Fiddle Media and features Rachel Sermanni on backing vocals.
It’s remarkable that an artist such as Mo Kenney is only now approaching her debut album.
The rising Canadian songwriter has already scooped numerous awards, with established names such as Ron Sexsmith singing her plaudits.
Yet here we are, discussing the debut offering from Mo Kenney. Self-titled, ‘Mo Kenney’ will be released in this country through Middle Of Nowhere Recordings – the... (Read more)
Mo Kenney wins her first ECMA
A big congratulations goes out to Mo Kenney for winning her first East Coast Music Award this weekend. Mo won Pop Recording of the Year for her debut, self-titled album. East Coast Music Week took place in Charlottetown, PEI from April 2-6 and featured dozens of live performances, an industry conference, and gala awards show.
“I Faked It” Boatshed Sessions
4 2014 ECMA award nominations
Mo Kenney is nominated for an outstanding four ECMA awards, which were announced today in Charlottetown, PEI. The nominations are for Solo Recording, Pop Recording of the Year, Songwriter of the Year – “Sucker”, and Fan’s Choice Entertainer of the Year. Thank you to the East Coast Music Association and congratulations to all the nominees!
Thank you Main Stage Cases!
A great big thank you to Kris Morey and his team at Main Stage Cases for producing this custom, hardshell fibreglass touring case for Mo’s Penguin electric guitar. Main Stage Cases is based in Bass River, New Brunswick and they make these cases by hand for stringed instruments. Check out their website at mainstagecases.com
Halifax Mag feature: Mo Kenney comes of age
Despite the name of her most popular song, singer and songwriter Mo Kenney is no “sucker.” Rock musician and producer Joel Plaskett felt the same way a few years back when he dropped by her high school in Halifax to talk music. He listened to some music that Kenney, then in her late teens, had recorded. What he heard left an indelible... (Read more)
UK and Ireland fans, Mo Kenney is coming to see you!
After two weeks on tour in Australia in December and January, Mo Kenney is heading to the UK and Ireland for the month of February into March to play solo shows, and perform with the talented Rachel Sermanni. Check out these upcoming dates for info!
February 4 – Shrewsbury – Henry Tudor House ** Buy Tickets... (Read more)
February 5 – Leicester –
Rhythms Magazine review in Australia
“Singer-songwriter Kenney falls pleasingly between new folk and roots, though a recent award landed in the pop category. Pigeonholes though are as irrelevant to the portrait of Mo Kenney as they’ve been to k.d. lang or Jeff Buckley. If I could think of a better word than ‘pure’ to describe her voice, I’d use it. And Kenney really knows how to use... (Read more)
CBC Radio 2 Top 100 Songs – “The Great Escape” and “Sucker”
CBC Radio 2 has put together an fantastic collection of their top 100 songs of 2013 and Mo Kenney stands out on their list, with two songs from the album making the cut. “The Great Escape” is listed at #73 and “Sucker” came in at #34.
Thank you to CBC Radio 2 for their support, and we hope everyone is enjoying the... (Read more)
Mo’s first review in Street Press Australia
“Good gracious, what heavenly planet did this little lady with the big voice fall from? The sometimes brusque, often starkly gentle beauty of this pint-sized Canadian songstress’s vocal is disarming enough, but coupled with capricious and razor-edged lyrics in Sucker is almost too much. Scene Of The Crime slices an already buzzing atmosphere with a dancehall, moody waltz, and The Great Escape... (Read more)
Mo Kenney’s big wins this weekend
Mo Kenney played an outstanding showcase for a packed house at the Holiday Inn ballroom on Saturday night for Nova Scotia Music Week in Sydney, Cape Breton. On Sunday, she received three Music Nova Scotia awards for Pop Recording, Female Artist Recording, and New Artist Recording of the Year and performed on the gala awards show. Also taking place on Sunday in... (Read more)
Kenney, Plaskett to perform with Symphony Nova Scotia
Halifax singer-songwriter Mo Kenney will join Dartmouth rocker Joel Plaskett for concerts with Symphony Nova Scotia on Thursday and Friday at the Rebecca Cohn Auditorium in Halifax.
These concerts are Plaskett’s second collaboration with the symphony, after a sold-out concert in 2006.
He will perform several brand new orchestral arrangements and will partner with Kenney, whose self-titled debut album was released on... (Read more)
Canadian Folk Music Award Nomination
Mo Kenney is nominated for a Canadian Folk Music Award for New/Emerging Artist of the Year. The CFMA weekend begins on November 8 and runs through to November 10, culminating in the bilingual gala awards presentation at the University of Calgary’s University Theatre. For more information about the CFMA and the complete list of nominations, visit folkawards.ca
“Big voice, big laughs on first stop of Canadian tour”
The things you get from a live performance.
Take Mo Kenney’s debut album, a solid collection of catchy folk/pop/rock songs that launched the Nova Scotia singer/songwriter as one of Canada’s young artists to watch. What you don’t get from that album is quite an appreciation for how well Kenney can belt and growl out those tunes.
On Friday, as she kicked off... (Read more)
[Video] Mo performs with Rachel Sermanni
A big thanks to Jen Ochej at Sea Legs Collective for capturing this video of Mo singing harmonies on “Sleep” with the stunning, Scottish singer-songwriter, Rachel Sermanni at The Carleton in Halifax on Sept. 20. You can read Jen’s full live review, here.
Congrats to Galaxie Supernova Award winner Mo Kenny
On the final night of the Ottawa Folk Festival, organizers announced Mo Kenny as the winner of the Galaxie Supernova Award for her riveting performance and awarded a $2,000 bursary, as well as potential airplay on the Galaxie channels.
The award is part of the Galaxie Rising Star Program, which presents the Supernova Award for outstanding live performance. This award provides bursaries... (Read more)
Mo Kenney nominated four Music Nova Scotia awards
Congratulations to Mo Kenney on her four Music Nova Scotia award nominations: Female Artist Recording and Pop Recording of the year for her album Mo Kenney, New Artist of the Year, and SOCAN Songwriter of the Year for “Sucker”.
It has been an amazing year for Mo since the release of her debut recording. She has toured the country with Joel Plaskett... (Read more)
Mo Kenney Canadian Tour
After travelling to the UK and Europe this year to perform, as well as playing festival gigs all summer, Mo Kenney is hitting the Canadian highway with a band for her first headlining tour. The 10 dates include stops in Toronto, Hamilton, Winnipeg, Regina, Swift Current, Calgary and Saint Albert; and two shows with Joel Plaskett and Symphony Nova Scotia for Halifax... (Read more)
Pre-sale tickets announced for Joel Plaskett and Mo Kenney with Symphony Nova Scotia
Symphony Nova Scotia is going local for its 30th season, with guests including Joel Plaskett and Mo Kenney on October 24 and 25 at the Rebecca Cohn as part of the Halifax Pop Explosion.
Pre-sale tickets are on sale now for the Friday, October 25 performance. Here’s how to purchase your pre-sale tickets:... (Read more)
- To gain early access to Friday’s concert, you
We Want More Mo
Maria Panopalis from CTV welcomed Mo Kenney to Section Six on Tuesday, July 16. Mo talked about her recent award win for the SOCAN Songwriting Prize and her upcoming Natal Day show at Alderney Landing on Aug. 3rd with Joel Plaskett. To read more about their interview, visit Maria’s blog, click here.
The Canadian Press “Mo Kenney Wins 2013 SOCAN Songwriting Prize”
When Halifax’s Mo Kenney penned her forlorn acoustic lament Sucker, she was in a bad place.
Merely 19 years old at the time, she was living on her own in Halifax for the first time and... (Read more)
CBC News “‘She has the potential to be the next k.d. lang,’ panellist says”
Halifax singer-songwriter Mo Kenney took home the 2013 SOCAN songwriting Prize Wednesday for her soulful breakup song Sucker.
Among the spoils of her victory are a $5,000 cash prize, a Gibson Les Paul guitar and a gift certificate good for $3,000 of Roland gear.
“I am honoured to receive the SOCAN Songwriting Prize,” she said in a statement. “I wrote Sucker in... (Read more)
The Globe & Mail “Meet Mo Kenney, SOCAN Songwriting Prize winner and Halifax’s next big thing”
Mo Kenney, the Halifax-based singer-songwriter, talks about Sucker, a melancholic, fingerpicked and droning composition which captured the English version of this year’s SOCAN Songwriting Prize (presented annually by the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada). The song is off Kenney’s self-titled debut album, which was produced by Juno-winning musician Joel Plaskett, who also performed on the recording.
“I wrote... (Read more)
The Wall Street Journal “Mo Kenney Wins 2013 SOCAN Songwriting Prize”
Fans vote for “Sucker” as the best independent English song
TORONTO, July 10, 2013 /CNW/ – After a month of voting, Nova Scotia singer-songwriter Mo Kenney of Halifax is the winner of the 2013 SOCAN Songwriting Prize for her song “Sucker.” Kenney takes home $5,000, a Gibson Les Paul Studio guitar with Min-ETune, and a $3,000 gift certificate towards Roland products.
“I... (Read more)
Exclaim! “Mo Kenney Wins 2013 SOCAN Songwriting Prize”
This year, the annual ECHO Songwriting Prize was rebranded as the SOCAN Songwriting Prize, and now the winner has been announced from the previously unveiled shortlist of five finalists. Nova Scotia songwriter Mo Kenney took home the award for her tune “Sucker.”
As part of her victory, Kenney won $5,000, plus a Gibson Les Paul guitar and a $3,000 gift certificate from... (Read more)
New Canadian Music “The Buzz”
Mo Kenney, the higly touted yet much under-rated songwriter is now national news after being named winner of the prestigious 2013 SOCAN Songwriting Prize for the best independent English song. The award comes with a $5,000 purse. The Halifax-based singer/songwriter won for her song “Sucker”.
The cash prize also comes with a Gibson Les Paul Studio guitar with Min-ETune, and a $3,000... (Read more)
Mo Kenney Wins 2013 SOCAN Songwriting Prize
After a month of voting, Nova Scotia singer-songwriter Mo Kenney of Halifax is the winner of the 2013 SOCAN Songwriting Prize for her song “Sucker.” Kenney takes home $5,000, a Gibson Les Paul Studio guitar with Min-ETune, and a $3,000 gift certificate towards Roland products.
“I am honoured to receive the SOCAN Songwriting Prize,” said Mo Kenney. “I wrote ‘Sucker’ in my... (Read more)
Montreal Jazz Fest – cheers!
Mo performed at the Savoy du Métropolis for the Montreal Jazz Fest this weekend and had a great time. Thanks to everyone who made it a fantastic show! Click here to watch a live video from the performance.
Mo Kenney in Huffington Post – How I Write Music
Hello. I am writing to you live from my songwriting cave where I have made myself a hermit. Garageband, notepads and instruments — this is how I write songs. I lock myself away and spew out everything in my brain and just try to make it sound nice/make some sense.
I’ve just recently invested in a MacBook and have been playing around... (Read more)
The Chronicle Herald presents Mo Kenney: Press Play
Singer-songwriter Mo Kenny sat down with the Chronicle Herald’s music writer Stephen Cooke for the inaugural episode of Press Play. We hope you enjoy it!
Click here to watch the video.
Vote for Mo as the 2013 SOCAN Songwriting Prize Winner
“Sucker” written and performed by Mo Kenney is nominated for the 2013 English SOCAN Songwriting Prize. Fans can now vote once a day for the duration of the contest at www.soncansongwritingprize.ca.
All eligible voters have the opportunity to win a new Apple iPad and Roland headphones just for voting!
The Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada announced the... (Read more)
[Live] Inverness Gigs UK
Mo Kenney has been added to my list of All Time Favourite Canadians. Hailing from Waverly Nova Scotia you have a sense that she could be at home anywhere, and she certainly seemed right at home at The Ironworks. If there were any reservations about taking to the stage she didn’t show it and I would suggest that anybody who whistles during... (Read more)
Mo, Del Barber and Rachel Sermanni in the UK
Rachel Sermanni is a beautiful folk singer from the Scottish Highlands; she’s making a break in the UK with a serious fan following and an artistry deserving of that success, and more. Del Barber is a folk singer-songwriter with a last time at the tipping point of fame in Canada. Mo, Del and Rachel are on tour in the UK together right... (Read more)
[Video] Live from the Living Wall at CBU
Review for Mo Kenney from Adobe and Teardrops
There are lots of artists out there who love what they do. After all, music is too tough, too heart-breaking a line of business for someone to half-ass. So sure, when you listen to music, you take it for granted that the people you’re listening to really care about what they’re doing.
But it takes a rare musician to really insert him... (Read more)
The downloads have ended
We had a great run of live downloads while Mo was on the road. Maybe you were lucky enough to get one from each night? We know ours are on full rotation here.
Nine Bullets review
Mo Kenney is a singer/songwriter on Joel Plaskett’s New Scotland record label. Plaskett also produced this album, Kenney’s debut, and co-wrote some songs with her and sings with her and plays guitar with her and took her out on tour. That’s an endorsement that you should take seriously.
I want to endorse her too! And I did–Mo Kenney was on my... (Read more)
Mo at the Great Hall
Mo Kenney has been making waves in the music scene recently, opening shows for Joel Plaskett and Ron Sexsmith. And rightfully so. What a voice! Mo, a folky singer-songwriter, sounds something like a female version of Justin Rutledge or an acoustic Matt Mays. The Nova Scotia native played many of the songs featured on her self-titled debut album, released in September of... (Read more)
Mo at ECMA 2013
Here’s a “purple haze” pic from Mo’s set at the 2013 ECMA Export Buyers Showcase.
Mo’s gonna rock it out with Joel Plaskeet and Symphony NS next season
Symphony Nova Scotia is going local for its 30th season, with guests including Dartmouth rocker Joel Plaskett, Cape Breton fiddler Ashley MacIsaac, Dartmouth Flamenco dancer Maria Osende, Truro soprano Jane Archibald, Cape Breton comedienne Bette MacDonald and Halifax cellist Denise Djokic.
The Pops Series includes eight Maritime and popular music concerts. Plaskett, who won rock album of the year with the Joel... (Read more)
Put Your Hand In The Hand
It was a great weekend at ECMA in Halifax and we were thrilled that CBC asked Mo to be part of their fun “Put Your Hand In The Hand” music video. Check it out on their website at: http://music.cbc.ca/concerts/Greatest-East-Coast-Song-of-All-Time-2013-03-08
Mo at the ECMAs
CBC Searchlight lights up new talent
In their search for Canada’s best new artist, CBC launched their Searchlight campaign, asking fans to vote for their favourite from a list of artists across the country.
You can vote for Mo Kenney to be Canada’s best new artist by visiting the CBC Music website: http://music.cbc.ca/#/Searchlight-Mainstreet-Nova-Scotia and click Vote next to her name.
The winning artist will be featured in a... (Read more)
It’s been a while since my last blog, how are you doing? I’m good too, thanks! So I played my first show in Montréal last week, it was awesome. I had a great time and went out after the show. Took the train to Toronto the next day and played at the Rivoli, always fun playing there. My good friend Molly... (Read more)
Wanting Mo: East Coast phenom Mo Kenney hits the Rivoli tonight
Although she’s still living at home with her parents in Waverley, N.S., singer-songwriter Mo Kenney has taken a huge step in her evolving musical career — she quit her day job at the Dollar Store. That’s big time.
With a catchy new tune called “Sucker” getting steady radio airplay across the country and a revered rocker by the name of Joel Plaskett... (Read more)
Le Huffington Post, Mo Kenney : charmante visite à Montréal
Voilà un talent à découvrir. Mo Kenney, jeune auteure-compositrice-interprète de la Nouvelle-Écosse sera de passage à Montréal le 12 février, à la Casa del Popolo pour présenter son premier album (éponyme) folk-rock qui recèle de belles pièces sensibles et lumineuses. Enregistré avec la complicité du talentueux Joel Plaskett (Néo-Écossais), qui a assuré la réalisation, ce disque est annonciateur d’une carrière prometteuse. Au... (Read more)
Mo Kenney se révèle aux Montréalais
Le 12 février, la jeune auteure-compositrice-interprète Mo Kenney viendra présenter aux Montréalais les chansons de son premier album éponyme. Originaire d’Halifax, elle livrera une prestation acoustique à la Casa del Popolo, intime salle du boulevard Saint-Laurent. Le Montréal Express s’est entretenu avec la nouvelle révélation de la scène folk canadienne.
Réalisé par le talentueux musicien et arrangeur Joel Plaskett, le premier album... (Read more)
Mo Kenney on tour with Ron Sexsmith
Mo Kenney is opening for Ron Sexsmith on tour from March 23-30 in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta.
This is exciting news for Mo; in addition to her recent ECMA nomination for Rising Star Recording of the Year, she’s been steadily touring her new album across the country opening for Joel Plaskett and The Emergency followed by festival slots at Iceland Airwaves, Nova... (Read more)
Mo Kenney: l ‘éclosion d’un des plus beaux talents de la scène musicale canadienne
Mo Kenney ne laisse personne indifférent. Ce premier album réalisé par Joel Plasket – qui en plus de jouer sur l ‘album, a co-écrit 2 pièces – montre l’éclosion d’un des plus beaux talents de la scène musicale canadienne. Mo Kenney sera de passage à Montréal pour la toute première fois le 12 février prochain à la Sala Rossa.
Depuis quelques années,... (Read more)
Mo Kenney sortira son premier album en magasin le 22 janvier
Avec sa voix angélique et aérienne, Mo Kenney ne vous laissera pas indifférent. L’auteure-compositrice néo-écossaise jouit d’une solide réputation dans les provinces Maritimes. Une découverte pour moi. Voix, texte, fraîcheur, musicalité simple et efficace, tout y est.
Elle se produira à Montréal à la Sala Rossa le 12 février prochain.
Vous trouverez sur l’album du folk minimaliste (Carnivore), ainsi que du pop... (Read more)
The buzz around Nova Scotia’s Mo Kenney’s debut album hasn’t quieted down. Last week, Kenney was nominated for an East Coast Music Award for Rising Star Recording of the Year for her self-titled album.
“It was pretty crazy. I knew we applied for me to be nominated. My mom called me in the morning and told me [laughs],” said Kenney. “I wasn’t... (Read more)
El blog de fans Histericas
Montse and Yura live in Barcelona and write a blog called El blog de fans Histericas, where they interviewed Mo about her new album and her love for music.
“If we ask ourselves what have in common Arcade Fire, Broken Social Scene, Yukon Blonde and Tegan and Sara with the artist of our today’s interview… Ok they are all indies but…... (Read more)
Mo Kenney on 98.5 FM radio in Montreal
Mo was featured on 98.5 FM, the #1 radio station in Montreal. Listen to the broadcast, here (in French).
[Video] Library Tour!
Brooke C. is a booktuber (book vlogger) and shot a bunch of little clips touring her local library. You can check out her channel, here.
Mo’s first ECMA award nomination
Congratulations to Mo Kenney for her first ECMA award nomination. Mo is nominated for Rising Star Recording of the Year for her debut, self-titled album. Looking forward to ECMW in Halifax from March 6-10 and congratulations to all the nominees.
Postcity: Twelve Canadian songs that rocked our world in 2012
Mo Kenney, “Sucker”
“So catchy, Mo Kenney’s song will put a smile on your face. The Joel Plaskett protégé could be the best new artist to arrive on the Canadian music scene in 2012.” – Ron Johnson, Postcity
[Video] Mo Kenney In The Park
Click here to view the video. In October of 2012, while touring with The Joel Plaskett Emergency, Mo Kenney shared a few moments of reflection amidst the chaos of a busy tour schedule. In the lovely backdrop of Victoria Park in Cobourg, Ontario, the uber-talented singer-songwriter from Halifax, Nova Scotia talked about her humble beginnings, her passions and her inspirational figures.... (Read more)
Mo’s music striking a chord with many
The Waverley-based singer-songwriter, who lived in West Gore and attended Rawdon District School as a child, is building a solid fan base, captivating audiences with the same undeniable originality that intrigued indie rock icon Joel Plaskett, and led to the Nova Scotia natives pairing up for the recording of Kenney’s debut, self-titled album.
“When I was a teenager I was doing these... (Read more)
Gray Owl Point Picks Mo Kenney in 2012 Top 20
Michael Thomas at Gray Owl Point picked Mo Kenney as one of his Top 20 Albums of 2012 and had these kind words to say about the recording: “That this is only the first album from Mo Kenney is incredible. She sounds like she’s had decades of experience. It also helps that Kenney had help from Joel Plaskett who obviously knows talent... (Read more)
The latest from Mo
I’m typing to you live from Waverley where I am recovering from 90′s night at Gus’s Pub.
Tomorrow I am on the road again with Joel and The Emergency!! Come see me at the shows and we can be friends. Just played a few dates last week with Royal Wood. Met some great peeps and played in St. John, NB for the... (Read more)
CBC Radio 3 Bucky Awards short list
Mo is short listed for the CBC Radio 3 Bucky Awards and is nominated for Rookie of the year. You can vote for Mo to win this award by clicking here .
The final round of voting for the CBC Radio 3 Bucky Awards is open until Nov. 28 at midnight PT and you can vote once every 24 hours.... (Read more)
CBC Radio 3 Bucky Awards long list
Mo is long listed for the CBC Radio 3 Bucky Awards and is nominated for Rookie of the year. You can vote for Mo to win this award by clicking here click here.
You can also vote for fellow artist friends like Royal Wood, who’s nominated for Sexiest Artist, and Joel Plaskett, who’s song “Lightening Bolt” is nominated for the coveted... (Read more)
Reykjavik Boulevard Interviews Mo
by Roberta and Niccolò, Reykjavik Boulevard
We went to Iceland Airwaves and found out a young singer-songwriter was playing, with her guitar sound and her feelings exposed to ears, eyes and heart of people. We had one word in mind: adorable. When you think about Canada, the Maple Leaf and probably the most appreciated country in north-America – at least when you... (Read more)
Bob Mersereau Reviews Mo Kenney
With unusual chord patterns, sophisticated lyrics, and a rare maturity for a youthful songwriter, Mo Kenney’s been one to watch for the past couple of years. The Halifax singer has had several high-profile slots to get tongues wagging, from all the right showcases, to opening shows for such names as Ron Sexsmith and Gordie Sampson. Plus, she boasts top management, and the patronage of Joel Plaskett, who has spent lots of time producing her debut album. It’s plenty of oomph behind a 22-year old.... (Read more)
[Video] “Five Years” Cover Live at HPX
[Video] “Deja Vu” Q107 Session Live
Standing out means less is Mo
In a musical world where singers dress up their voices with Feist-y warbles or Joplin-esque grit for added gravity, Mo Kenney cuts through the din with quiet clarity, silencing busy rooms with a voice that’s a few notches above a whisper.
Singer-songwriters are a cottage industry on the East Coast, and the region continues to turn out some very good ones, but... (Read more)
Hey hi hey,
I just played my first cd release in Toronto on the 15th!! It was awesome, I had a great time. You should be excited for the Halifax release on October 24th, it’s going to be awesome. I am still on tour, just walked off the stage of the Starlight in Waterloo, Ontario! It’s been insane and so gooooood. Thanks... (Read more)
Exclaim! Magazine “a gem of an album”
“This 22-year-old Halifax singer-songwriter sounds extremely poised and confident on her debut album, and that’s only partially due to the support of her producer: Joel Plaskett. In fact, the spritely Kenney could easily be mistaken for Plaskett’s kid sister, not just because of their physical resemblance, but also their shared knack for writing punchy folk-pop. With ten tracks clocking in at just... (Read more)
The Candice Rock Blog
While Mo was in Toronto for her CD release show, she stopped in to see Candice at Q107 Classic Rock radio and did an interview for The Candice Rock Blog. Mo played her cover of David Bowie’s song “Five Years”, and her song “Deja Vu”, live in-studio.
Kim Mitchell at Q107 heard Mo’s cover and loved it, to hear his comments,... (Read more)
“Sucker” CBC Radio 2 Top 20 – vote!
Mo’s song “Sucker” is in the running for the CBC Radio 2 Top 20 songs this week. We’re stoked! If you’re reading this, vote here: http://music.cbc.ca/#/The-Radio-2-Top-20.
Mo Kenney’s Halifax CD Release Show
Mo Kenney is performing her Halifax CD release show on Wednesday, October 24 at The Seahorse Tavern, 1665 Argyle Street. Doors are at 7:00PM, the show starts at 8:00PM. Mo is playing all the songs from her new album, this is sure to be a memorable show. Tickets are $10.00 advance (plus ticket fee) and $12.00 at the door. Purchase tickets online,... (Read more)
Ground Control gives a groundbreaking review
It feels awkward to just blurt it out, but Mo Kenney has achieved a craft on the level with artists including Ani DiFranco, Stevie Nicks, Jolie Holland and Neko Case on her self-titled debut. Such a statement feels awkward because the album in question is her first; those other artists had to work for years to refine their talents and chops, but... (Read more)
Now Magazine Review “big-time sophistication”
“Mo Kenney is the 22-year-old protege of Joel Plaskett, who produced, co-wrote and played on her self-titled debut album. The solid collection of 10 folk-pop songs never falters, though it does get off to a slowish start due to a front-loaded selection of unarresting singer/songwriter fare.... (Read more)
The sparseness of the first half does offer a good introduction to Kenney’s inviting vocals, which
Flying to Ontario
I am flying out to Ontario today to start my second tour with Joel and The Emergency. I’m excited to get on the road again. I was out west with Joel and Pete Elkas for a couple weeks last week. We played in Saskatchewan, British Colombia and Alberta. It was a lot of fun, thanks to all the people who bought... (Read more)
Mo Kenney // Debut album available now!
Mo Kenney released her eagerly-anticipated, debut self-titled album today on Pheromone Recordings and New Scotland Records. Mo’s album is produced by Joel Plaskett and she is currently on tour across the country opening for Plaskett in BC, AB, SK, ON, NB and NS.
Mo Kenney is receiving high praise from CBC Radio 3 and Exclaim!, among others, and now you... (Read more)
Quick Hitter, says Herohill
I’m not nostalgic at all. I have absolutely no interest looking back. If I fell into that Hot Tub Time Machine, I’d beg you to step on my neck until I stopped moving.
My trepidation is not some carpe diem like nonsense. It’s that the regrets and the bad decisions still sting. The good, sure, it was there, but those “remember when... (Read more)
[Video] Exclaim! TV Behind the Scenes @ Revolution Recordings
Atlantic Airwaves on Saturday
This Saturday’s edition of CBC Atlantic Airwaves features new songs from Mo’s debut self-titled album. You can listen to the program, here.
Mo on UK XFM
Big thanks to Sam Davies, Mary Anne Hobbs, and Marsha Shandur at XFM for introducing Mo Kenney on their Global Posting program in the UK. Listen to the clip here.
Balcony TV // Toronto
Video with a view! Watch Mo’s performance of “The Happy Song” on Balcony TV in Toronto.
Audible Hoots from Grayowl Point
Their excitement is infectious! Thanks to Michael at Grayowl Point for this excellent pick-me-up for Mo’s upcoming release. W-hoot!
It’s hard to believe that Mo Kenney is soon to release her debut record; her singles have shown this singer-songwriter to sound like a veteran who’s been on the scene for years already. But it’s true – on September 25th Kenney will be... (Read more)
Shout out from Quick Before It Melts
J. talks about Mo’s new release on his blog, Quick Before It Melts.
Last month when I looked at New Scotland Records 7″ single series, 22 year old Mo Kenney was a clear stand out, and a name I had filed away in the back of my head to keep track of in the coming months. Turns out, it wasn’t going... (Read more)
Exclaim! Mo Kenney makes the top news
Nova Scotia’s Mo Kenney has already released music through Joel Plaskett’s New Scotland Records, and the singer-songwriter is evidently continuing to turn heads. She just inked a deal with Toronto’s Pheromone Recordings as she gears up to release her debut album.
Kenney’s self-titled LP is finished and will be out on September 25 via Pheromone in partnership with New Scotland. As previously... (Read more)
East Coast Kitchen Party shares the news
Pheromone Recordings has signed 22 year-old Nova Scotia native Mo Kenney to the roster. Kenney has been turning heads in the Maritimes for the past 18 months commanding stages with a cool and easy grace that belies her age.... (Read more)
It‚Äôs those qualities that brought her to the attention of JUNO award-winner and multiple Polaris Music Prize nominee, Joel Plaskett. Plaskett just
We think it’s pretty cool, here’s a bit of background about the festival:
“Since the first edition was held in 1999 (in an airplane hangar), Iceland Airwaves has become one of the premier annual showcases for new music ‚Äì... (Read more)
Pheromone Recordings Welcomes Mo Kenney
Toronto, ON – Pheromone Recordings is thrilled to welcome 22 year-old Nova Scotia native Mo Kenney to the roster. Kenney has been turning heads in the Maritimes for the past 18 months commanding stages with a cool and easy grace that belies her age.
It’s those qualities that brought her to the attention of JUNO award-winner and multiple Polaris Music Prize nominee,... (Read more)
Mo Kenney Makes a Scene
NXNE Review Day 4: Mo Kenney @ Free Times Cafe
Pre-show hype: Coming from a town close by Halifax, Mo Kenney is a 22-year-old singer/songwriter who is currently working on her first studio album. She has a 7-inch record out that has two of her songs on it, one of which, ‚ÄúEden,‚Äù was written when Kenney was 16 and won the 10√ó10... (Read more)
Read this review Quick Before It Melts
Thank you to J. from Quick Before It Melts for this review of the New Scotland Records 7″ vinyl single series. Here’s what J. had to say about Mo’s singles:
“You can pick up all 12 singles in the series from New Scotland Records now, but as a starting point, I’d suggest investing in the series final release, “Eden” b/w “The Great... (Read more)
For fans of Earbuds & Ticket Stubs
The uber colourful Canadian blog Earbuds & Ticket Stubs did a sweet review of the New Scotland Records 7″ vinyl singles series and included notes “for fans of” to go along with each of the 12 singles.
For Mo’s 7″, the note reads: “Expertly plucked guitars, a voice once soulful yet playful. For fans of immensely talented young songwriters.”
You can read... (Read more)
Grayowl Point Hunting Call (Excellent) + *swoop*
Grayowl Point reviewed the New Scotland Records 7″ vinyl single series and rates the collection with a Hunting Call (Excellent) + *swoop*.
Here’s what Michael had to say about Mo’s songs:
“First, the tracks by Mo Kenney. ‚ÄúThe Great Escape‚Äù is a surprising track, starting with simple guitar picking and some great vocals from Kenney. Partway through, though, the song suddenly gets... (Read more)
Obsolete Records is two, part two
The Broken Speaker peeps stopped by the Obsolete Records birthday mid-day bash and were kind enough to record a video of Mo performing “The Great Escape”.
Dylan, Carleton and Mo “Born Yesterday”
This video of Dylan Guthro, Carleton Stone, and Mo was recorded at ECMA in Moncton by the talented Heavy Weather crew and is described as “two rising stars from Halifax back[ing] the son of songwriter Bruce Guthro on a captivating, quiet gem.” The song is called “Born Yesterday” and was co-written at the Gordie Sampson Songcamp by Gordie, Dylan, and Molly Thomason.... (Read more)
Obsolete Records is two
This weekend marks the second year that Obsolete Records has been in business. To celebrate, they are having a handful of artists in to play some wonderful music for your listening pleasure, beginning at around 1:00 PM on Saturday, May 26. There’s also mention of snacks.
Here’s a lovely message from Ian at Obsolete:
“Thank you Halifax, you have been very kind... (Read more)
The Broken Speaker 7″ single review
“Kenney, 21, was first on Plaskett’s radar as a 17-year-old when she was recording at a small studio at Shambhala school in Halifax. It may be shocking to learn she wrote “Eden” when she was 16. The song is simple, but remains interesting as a story full of dreams and promise is told with lots of heart. The second track “The Great... (Read more)
Herohill.com “You can hear the talent Mo possesses”
Anyone that‚Äôs ever had the chance to talk music with Dartmouth‚Äôs patron saint of rock n‚Äô roll knows how much music ‚Äì the process, the creation, the curation, and the collection ‚Äì means to Joel. It was with that in mind that Plaskett launched a series of 45s recorded at Scotland Yard with a collection featuring artists he hand picked.
The collection... (Read more)
“The Great Escape” Exclaim! Click Here
The single is out now on Joel Plaskett’s New Scotland Records, and the Canadian rocker is set to produce Kenney’s debut album later this year. The two will also be sharing the stage in Plaskett’s hometown of Dartmouth, NS, on June 9 as... (Read more)
Exclaim! 20th Anniversary Concert Series
Exclaim! turns 20 years old this year and to help us celebrate, Canadian indie rock favourite and two time Exclaim! cover star Joel Plaskett has curated an intimate night of great live music in his home town. The show will be taking place in his East coast home of Dartmouth, NS on June 9. Joel Plaskett will be joined by singer-songwriter Mo... (Read more)
ECMA Breakout Stage Live Video
Mo‚Äôs showcase on the ECMA Breakout Stage was recorded live. Watch the video on Vimeo at:
Hellllllo,... (Read more)
I got back from ECMA’s a couple weeks ago, they were in Moncton! I was pretty busy this year with showcases and stuff. I got to play on the CBC Live stage and it was awesome.
I had to venture back to NB last weekend to play at the Vintage Bistro in Hampton! I think I know the way there pretty
Mo’s 7″ vinyl single “Eden” b/w “The Great Escape”
Hello friends,... (Read more)
I was in Toronto for Canadian Music Week a couple weeks ago, it was a damn good time. I think that there are more sushi restaurants in Toronto than there are Tim Hortons in all of Canada, it was extremely convenient. The weather was like summer while I was there too, it closely resembled paradise. I played a few showcases
Mo Kenney in Mix Tape
Journalism student Chelcie Soroka interviewed Mo over breakfast back in February for the online magazine, Mix Tape. You can take a look at the magazine here:
Mo’s music video for “Eden” was produced by Greg Jackson for the Atlantic Film Festival’s 10×10 Music Video Mentorship Program. The music video is screened at the prestigious Chicago International Movies & Music Festival (CIMMfest); the Halifax Independent Film Festival; the Island Media Arts Festival in PEI; the Park City Film Music Festival in Park City, Utah; at Nickel Fest in Newfoundland,... (Read more)
Salty Ink Spotlight
Mo Kenney on “Eden”
“I wrote this song when I was 17. I‚Äôm happy with the way it turned out. I was sitting in my living room fiddling around with a guitar part I had come up with a while before, and after coming up with a melody words sort of just appeared. I like it because it came about pretty effortlessly... (Read more)
Hiiiii!!!... (Read more)
Did you have a nice Valentines Day?? My mom bought me chocolates and I ate every single damn one of them. Then I watched Gone With the Wind. I love that movie. Anyway, I hope yours was better..
I’m going to be doing some songwriting over the next three days, starting tomorrow!! It’ll be nice to get on the go with
Happy New Year!
I hope you had a nice and relaxing Christmas, I know I did. ‚Ä®Joel and I are still working on the album, a lot of progress has been made since my last blog! Slowly but surely. ‚Ä®
I have some shows coming up at the end of January that I’m really excited about. I’ll be playing at the In The Dead Of... (Read more)
Clash Music Review
“Last month I had the honour of spending some time in Nova Scotia for Nova Scotia Music Week. One of the stand out artists from the week was without a doubt Mo Kenney. Stemming from the small town of Waverly, Nova Scotia, Mo Kenny is a fascinating talent. Labeled as an‚ artist to watch, her distinct voice and emotionally driven lyrical play... (Read more)
NSMW ShowcasesFriday, Nov. 4th
5:00pm – 7:00pm
Art Gallery of Nova Scotia
Gordie Sampson Songcamp Circle
Saturday, Nov. 5th
7:15 – 7:45pm
Rudder’s Brew Pub
Herro,... (Read more)
It’s been a busy few weeks!
I was a participant in the 10 x 10 program during the Atlantic Film Festival. They randomly pair up ten filmmakers with ten musicians and send them off to make a music video. We had about 5 days to shoot, edit and come with a concept. I was paired with filmmaker Greg Jackson. It was
SHOW YOUR SUPPORT for MO KENNEY in the 10X10 Video Contest!!
Mo was part of the 10 x 10 video program this year at the AFF. 10 young directors and 10 young artists connected to make music videos. Everyone had one day to shoot, one day to edit and no budget. The videos were shown on Sat evening. The prize is $5000 to be split between the artist and the video director. Winner... (Read more)
Songcamp is over …
I’m back from Songcamp and I can’t believe it’s over already. I have to wait another year now to go back. I’m exhausted though so I think it’s for the best. I met a lot of new songwriters this year and reconnected with the ones I met last year, it felt good to be back. I co-wrote on about 7 songs... (Read more)
Shows & Shows!
Hello!... (Read more)
I was in Antigonish this Sunday afternoon playing at Evolve! I didn’t stay overnight at all but the short amount of time I spent there was awesome. The weather wasn’t ideal but everyone was still smiling! Thankfully my set was in a big tent so no one got wet watching me play. Thanks to everyone who was there watching, you were
Stan Rogers Folk Festival
I took a trip up to Canso this weekend to play at the Stan Rogers Folk Festival! I’ve never been to Canso or the festival before so I had no idea what to expect. The weather ended up being beautiful for the whole weekend and that made the driving a breeze. I played once on Saturday and once on Sunday and... (Read more)
So I have returned in one piece from my first ecma experience. My recovery will be ongoing.
I have never really spent very much time in charlottetown, so I’m glad to have had that opportunity. It seems to be a lot like Halifax although, I kind of felt like I was on a movie set sometimes.
I managed to play at least... (Read more)
Real Busy …
I have had a really busy couple of weeks. Last weekend I was in the studio with Joel recording a couple of songs. They’re both sounding awesome and you can anticipate the finished product sometime in the near future! I’ll keep you posted on what’s happening with that.
This weekend just passed I was on a little maritime tour opening for The... (Read more)
Spring is here …
Spring is here and I’m finally crawling out of winter. I guess we’re not really out of the woods yet, the weather seems to be constantly confused at this time of year. Recording will begin on Thursday! I’m very excited to start. I feel like I’ve been waiting forever to have my songs recorded well. I can’t wait for the outcome, but... (Read more)
Neighborhood Up The Road …
Almost everyday I drive by this neighborhood up the road, and it gives me a strange feeling. All the houses look like they’re coffee stained and when you’re driving through, the air that comes through your car smells like toast. And when you picture the inside of the buildings you picture old carpets and fake wood. The people walking around are all... (Read more)
These are strange times. The weather is such a pain in the ass. Today I finally got more windshield washer fluid put into my car. I felt it necessary to ask the lady who worked at the GAS STATION if she knew how to fill it. My logic was, ” Well if I don’t know how to do it, maybe she doesn’t... (Read more)
I can’t stop thinking about sad clown. I want to know when he was put there! He boggles my mind. His eyes are all rusty and I feel kind of bad, but I know he can’t feel it.
Today felt like summer and I don’t know why because it was the coldest day of the year. Must have been the sun, it’s... (Read more)
Produced by Joel Plaskett at Scotland Yard in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.
Since the release of her self-titled debut recording in September 2012, Mo Kenney has toured the country selling record numbers of CDs off-stage and gleaning outstanding reviews. She has played the prestigious Iceland Airwaves, The Great Escape and Green Man Festival in the UK; won the 2013 SOCAN Songwriting Prize; a Canadian Folk Music Award for New/Emerging Artist of the Year; and three Music Nova Scotia awards for Pop Recording, New Artist Recording, and Female Artist Recording of the Year.
The buzz on Mo Kenney started before the release, fuelled by her quirky songs, unique voice, and the admiration and support of industry veterans such as Joel Plaskett, Ron Sexsmith, and Gordie Sampson. Plaskett produced and played on the album, as well as contributing a couple of co-writes, and his label New Scotland Records released the recording in partnership with Pheromone Recordings.
Working around his busy schedule, Joel and Mo began their collaboration in April 2011. Plaskett’s studio Scotland Yard is a humble setting in which he weaves real musical magic. The album is the happy outcome of a true tandem operation. “Joel and I are the only musicians playing on the album,” says Mo. “He definitely influenced the production.” Plaskett may still be best known as a prolific and popular Juno-winning rock and role veteran, but his bona fides as a producer are now well-established. Such acclaimed artists as Two Hours Traffic, Sarah Slean, and Steve Poltz have all made good use of his studio skills.
She may be only 23, but Mo Kenney is far from being a novice songwriter. She began writing in her early teens, and by the age of 14, she’d already done some recording in a small studio in Bedford, Nova Scotia. “I was totally into Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd and Ozzy, all the classic rock stuff. When I started guitar I was really into the electric and I remember coffee houses at high school where I’d go on stage with my electric and just rip solos.”
Having influences and inspirations drawn from classic and alt-rock artists rather than the traditional singer-songwriter pantheon helps account for the bracing freshness of Mo Kenney’s style. Fitting her sound into a neat box is an exercise in futility, though, if pressed, Mo can settle for “pop music with a folky twist.”
Awards and Accolades
ECMA Award Winner Pop Recording of the Year – Mo Kenney
ECMA Award Nomination Songwriter of the Year – “Sucker”
ECMA Award Nomination Solo Recording of the Year – Mo Kenney
ECMA Award Nomination Fan’s Choice Entertainer of the Year
Canadian Folk Music Award Winner New/Emerging Artist of the Year
2013 English SOCAN Songwriting Prize Winner
Music Nova Scotia Award Winner New Artist Recording of the Year – Mo Kenney
Music Nova Scotia Award Winner Pop Recording of the Year – Mo Kenney
Music Nova Scotia Award Winner Female Artist Recording – Mo Kenney
Music Nova Scotia Award Nomination SOCAN Songwriter of the Year – “Sucker”
ECMA Award Nomination Rising Star Recording of the Year – Mo Kenney
Ottawa Folk Festival Supernova Award Winner
CBC Radio 2 Top 100 Songs of 2013 – “Maureen” (#74) and “Sucker” (#34)
CBC Radio 3 Bucky Award Nomination Rookie of the Year
iTunes Best Singer Songwriters of 2012
Download Mo Kenney One-sheet
Download Mo Kenney French Bio
Download Mo Kenney Press Quotes
Mo Kenney UK album review
Canadian singer/songwriter Mo Kenney released this self-titled début in her home country almost two years ago. Over the last few years her star has slowly risen as the record has picked up critical acclaim and several awards in North America. This week Kenney releases her soulful blend of folk/rock in several European markets.
Running at just over a half hour, Kenney’s début thrives due to its ability to carve out... (Read more)
Mind Equals Blown album review
New Zealand has Lorde – the UK has Foxes – and the U.S. has Lana Del Rey. All of these artists are strong female singer-songwriters who decided to take an alternative and unique approach to the music they create. Canada’s response to this trend of strong female singer-songwriters is the irresistibly beautiful, Mo Kenney. Her self-titled debut album comes in the wake of winning numerous awards like the 2013 SOCAN... (Read more)
Female First UK exclusive interview
As the winner of multiple awards and having placed on the 2012 iTunes Best Singer Songwriters list, the only way is up for Mo Kenney. Female First got the opportunity to put some questions to Mo about her career so far, what to expect from her forthcoming album and her plans for the future.
How best would you describe yourself as an artist for those who might not be familiar... (Read more)
The Digital Fix Music review
Any album that braves a David Bowie cover is worth a listen, and Mo Kenney’s second album is definitely worthy of that. ‘Five Years’ appears near the end of of the tracklist and is a delight, almost unrecognisable from the original. Before you get there though there’s plenty to enjoy with Kenney’s pure voice shining throughout and the music by turns soft and sensitive on the uptempo ‘Sucker’; spaciously acoustic... (Read more)
Mo Kenney et son folk pop en concert au CNA le 2 mai
Protégée de Joel Plaskett, l’auteure-compositrice-interprète Mo Kenney s’arrêtera à Ottawa, ce vendredi 2 mai, pour livrer les pièces de son plus récent album homonyme, paru en 2012.
Originaire de Waverley en Nouvelle-Écosse, Mo Kenney a fait le tour du pays en tournée et vendu un nombre record d’albums, en plus de récolter des critiques élogieuses. Elle s’est produite au Iceland Airwaves, au Great Espace et au Green Man Festival au... (Read more)
Indulge Sound review for Mo Kenney
With its gently plucked guitar and wistful, soulful vocals, the eponymous debut album from Canadian songstress Mo Kenney isn’t likely to find favour with many mosh aficionados. But while there are next to no opportunities to open up a pit during the album’s half hour or so run time, what it does perfectly is display Kenney’s astonishingly accomplished credentials as a musician.
Drifting from gentle, beautifully crafted folk as on... (Read more)
FATEA Magazine UK review
With her self-titled debut album of incredible quality Mo Kenney, surprised the American music world and the album is now available in Europe. Nothing else but something really good has been expected of the Canadian singer-songwriter after she had already received attention and support by several established musicians (Joel Plaskett, Ron Sexsmith) and the release of her successful debut album in 2012 and if you’re not into tracking down imports,... (Read more)
Irish Times review
It has taken a while for the debut album of this Nova Scotian singer-songwriter to appear over here, but here it is – a sturdy piece of work with youth, talent and strong influences (the music of Elliott Smith, the films of Wes Anderson) at the centre of it. A rising star in Canada (she won the SOCAN Songwriting Prize for Best Song last year, and nabbed the New Artist... (Read more)
Irish Mirror with Mo Kenney
This week’s quick one comes from the very talented Mo Kenny who is releasing her debut album in Ireland today.
The Canadian singer is already a big hit in her home and she’s now touring our own little spot of the world to celebrate the long-player hitting the shelves (or internet) here.
We caught up with Mo to get the lowdown on her new record.
How long have you been... (Read more)
What the Ruckus review
“Having caught Mo last year supporting Rocky Votolato in London I know what she’s capable of and her sweet vocals and earnest lyrics made quick work of me and the rest of the waiting punters in The Lexington. Thankfully, you don’t just have to take my word for it: You can check out ‘Sucker’ here.”
The Independent review
Rewind ten years or so and Canada seemed the most exciting place on the planet for new music.
That’s no longer the case, but the Great White North has plenty of intriguing talent beneath the cracks.
One of those is 23-year-old Nova Scotia native Mo Kenney whose self-titled debut was acclaimed back home on release in late 2012.
It’s getting a belated release on this side of the world today... (Read more)
Song of the day: Mo Kenney – Sucker
To say the Rachel Sermanni-fronted Middle Of Nowhere Recordings is on a roll at the moment would be something of an understatement. After swoonworthy recent releases from Sermanni herself and Colin Macleod, the Highlands-based label now presents Candian singer-songwriter Mo Kenney. Recently named best emerging artist at the Canadian Folk Awards, she already has plenty of critical support, and ‘Sucker’ should show you exactly why. We are suckers for you,... (Read more)
Irish Examiner reviews Mo Kenney
Mo Kenney is a native of Nova Scotia. Her self-titled debut album was recorded with the veteran Canadian musician, Joel Plaskett, at Scotland Yard, his studio in Dartmouth. It’s a joint effort, with Plaskett co-writing three of the songs and the two performing all the instruments. A measure of their earnestness is that they used analogue equipment and tape, not digital.
The album opens with Eden, and Sucker, acceptable ditties... (Read more)
The Cork News “Folky Twist with Kenney”
Nova Scotia native, Mo Kenney releases her award-winning self-titled debut album in Ireland next week. At 23 years-of-age, she has already earned a place on iTunes Canada Best Songwriters list, counts Ron Sexsmith as one of her biggest fans, and performed at the Iceland Airwaves Festival, the Great Escape, Green Man Festival and the Woodford Folk Festival, Australia. Now the musician, who describes her sound as “pop music with a... (Read more)
Alt Media Australia Review
“Kenney is obviously a talented songwriter, as evidenced with the cutting lyrics on Sucker and Déjà Vu, and this puts her ahead of the pack. Simple arrangements from producer Joel Plaskett and Kenney – as the only musicians on the album – make this a solid offering from a young talent.” – Alt Media (AU)
Almost Famous: Mo Kenney
Check out this interview with Mo Kenney and Em Francis from Autostraddle.
How would you describe your music?
Poppy-folk-rock. Mostly pop/rock I’d say. Sometimes I play acoustic, and sometimes I play with a rock trio. My music is pretty melancholy, not a lot of happy songs. I mostly listen to sad songs; that’s probably why I write a lot of “sad” music.
Which track would you most like Autostraddle... (Read more)
‘Next big thing’ has been at it a long time
Mo Kenney is no longer Halifax’s best-kept secret.
The 23-year-old singer/songwriter snagged this year’s SOCAN Songwriting Prize for her song Sucker, an elegiac tune about being let down and left behind. “Now you’re just a memory/of everything I’d hoped you’d be,” she sings in a voice beyond her years.
Kenney beat out fellow nominees Maylee Todd, Whitehorse, Purity Ring and the Weather Station featuring Baby Eagle with the simple yet... (Read more)
“witty, intimate compositions and soul-stirring power.” – The Saint Albert Gazette
Kenney hoping to make her mark in the West
At 23 years of age, Nova Scotian Mo Kenney has made quite the splash on the East Coast music scene and hopes to do the same out West.
Having released her selftitled debut record last year at this time, the demure singer/songwriter has toured with luminaries Joel Plaskett and Ron Sexsmith as well as winning the 2013 SOCAN Songwriting Prize for her single Sucker. Considering previous winners include The Weakerthans... (Read more)
Mo Kenney will start Blenders concert series with a bang
Up and coming folk/pop singer songwriter Mo Kenney will set a high standard for the 2013-14 Blenders concert series when she kicks of the new season on Sept. 25.
Kenny has been generating significant buzz lately on the strength of her debut 10-song, self-titled CD release. Earlier this month she won the Galaxy Supernova Award at the Ottawa Folk Festival, collecting a $2,000 bursary after being voted as having the... (Read more)
Live Review from The Gate at CMW
Starting off the night, Mo Kenny was an evocative singer with a powerful voice. Kenny would hit deeper notes, and then she could sing like an angel, and her lyrics are wonderfully soulful. She can be quiet and then a powerhouse, which is all too rare among some singers who seem to stick to one level. I also love her quiet personality on stage, but at the same time, she... (Read more)
Canadian Music Week Live Review
Crowd: Mostly 40-somethings who came for Ron Sexsmith, with a couple of random 20-something hipsters, a CMW reviewer, and overheard in the mess, a couple of genuine Mo fans. She was, however, still a star—they loved her, and her walk off the stage was followed by whistles, hoots, and wild applause.
Style: I’ve reviewed Mo Kenney before. I’m a huge fan of her mature guitar melodies and deep singing voice.... (Read more)
Surreal times for Mo Kenney
Although her musical career is just getting started, Mo Kenney is attracting the attention of some big names in Canadian music.
Kenney, who is just 22 and hails from Nova Scotia, is about to embark on her second tour opening for folk veteran Ron Sexsmith — including a stop at the Arden Theatre in St. Albert on Wednesday, March 27 — and recorded her first album under the guidance of... (Read more)
The Welcoming Storyteller at Casa del Popolo
Once I finished chatting with Mo Kenney before the show, I stepped outside to write down a few notes and gather my thoughts. When I had left the room moments before, the crowd was loud and restless. I was taken by surprise when I re-emerged into a complete motionless silence. Allison Lickley had begun her opening performance; she was explaining that she had recently taken time off from her music... (Read more)
Montreal Gazette Playlist: Mo Kenney
Mo Kenney’s fingerpicked folk songs, which are slightly unusual and more than a little intriguing in their own right, are dressed up with several fascinating production touches on her self-titled solo debut, released last year.
Check out, for example, the mild guitar freakout in The Great Escape and the unsettling dissonant distortion that buzzes around the excellent haunting ballad I Can’t Talk. And what about that reworking of David Bowie’s... (Read more)
Toro Magazine interviews Mo
Mo Kenney stares from the cover of her debut album with a Mona Lisa smile — an ambiguous expression that suggests many different feelings. The same elusiveness extends to her music, which is isn’t really folk, as her numerous acoustic performances would suggest. It isn’t really rock, either, retaining an intimacy even when filled out by a full band. While her demeanour is plain-spoken Kenney’s first, self-titled album — recorded... (Read more)
Mo Kenney Communiqué
Mo Kenney ne laisse personne indifférent. Ce premier album réalisé par Joel Plasket – qui en plus de jouer sur l’album, a co-écr it 2 pièces – montre l’éclosion d’un des plus beaux talents de la scène musicale canadienne. Mo Kenney sera de passage à Montréal pour la toute première fois le 12 février prochain à la Sala Rossa.
Depuis quelques années, l’auteure-compositrice néo-écossaise jouit d’une solide réputation dans les... (Read more)
500khz “Mo Kenney – Homonyme”
Le commun des mortels découvre Mo Kenney cet automne avec l’arrivée de son premier disque. Toutefois, l’auteure-compositrice néo-écossaise s’est taillé une solide réputation sur la Côte Est depuis quelques années, entre autres grâce à un passage remarqué lors des vitrines des ECMAs, au printemps 2012. Déjà, on annonçait l’arrivée d’un 45 tours sur l’étiquette New Scotland Records, fondée par Joel Plaskett. La collaboration se poursuit au-delà de ce single en... (Read more)
[Podcast] Music City Studio Interview
Every week the Music City Podcast explores independent Canadian music. Included in each episode are artist interviews, artist spotlights and of course music from all the bands. Music City Studio included Mo in their music podcast (Episode 18), which you can view and download for free, here. The show is hosted by Vincent Jones and produced by Mike Pedersen at Music City Studio in Kelowna BC.
Audio Reckoning Live Review from The Rivoli
Rivoli was warm and welcoming. Red walls and glittering Christmas lights hovered around us as we crossed the well-worn wooded floor to a small table near the stage. Onstage, a lone acoustic guitar stood perched on a stand, fighting off ghosts and filling the room with vapours of anticipation. The murmurs of expectation surround us. Everyone in the room had heard of the singer, but for many this was the... (Read more)
On the Beat Live Review from The Rivoli
To celebrate the recent release of her self-titled debut album (out on Toronto-based label Pheromone), this young Nova Scotian singer/songwriter played an industry showcase at The Rivoli. It confirmed that she is an artist of quite phenomenal talent, one worthy of the buzz she and her record have started to receive. The album was produced by East Coast rock hero JOEL PLASKETT, and he showed up to play guitar and... (Read more)
View Magazine Review
It may be difficult to think that Mo Kenney has had any “bad luck” in her lifetime. She’s young, has garnered the respect of her peers even at the earliest stage of her career and her demeanour is as even keel as a sea side horizon on a calm, serene day. But we all know weather patterns in our lives can change and if you listen closely to the lyrics... (Read more)
The Scene Magazine Review
I bought Mo Kenney’s debut album the day it released on iTunes. I couldn’t hold in my excitement or desire anymore – I had been longing for it since I heard her perform at NXNE this past summer, and when the day arrived, I was already on my phone, scrolling through iTunes with my credit card in hand.... (Read more)
The album, self-titled, has 10 songs, most of which I’ve heard her
Grayowl Point Review, Excellent
You have to hand it to Joel Plaskett- he knows talent when he sees it. The astonishingly young Mo Kenney has just released her debut album, and it sounds like it could be an album released by someone with decades more life experience.
When I first encountered Kenney’s music (before reading anything about her) I immediately assumed that I was listening to some veteran of the Canadian music scene that... (Read more)
Mo “stunningly beautiful set” doesn’t miss an L.A. Beat
“Fellow Nova Scotian Mo Kenny was up first with a stunningly beautiful set of really laid back folk from her new CD which she recorded with Plaskett in his Dartmouth studio. She told stories and joked about bringing so much water on stage and probably could have played all night long for the enraptured audience of approximately 300 people.” – Richard Amery, L.A. Beat
The Globe and Mail Review “graceful and gutsy”
“Arrive early to the Joel Plaskett concert in Cochrane, Alta and the ones that follow, so as to witness singer songwriter Mo Kenney performing first on the bill. The fellow Haligonian is by turns graceful and gutsy, recalling the likes of Sharon Van Etten and her kind of sharp, tuneful players. Her compelling self-titled debut album is out now.” – The Globe and Mail
Mo Kenney, creating a buzz
Rising talent Mo Kenney will be a special guest of Joel Plaskett at Sept. 29 season opener for the Cochrane Valley Folk Club. Her debut self-titled album was just released a few days ago and she’s making her first swing through the West. We had a chance to pop her a few questions in an email interview.
Q. You must be excited to release your debut album. How long were... (Read more)
New Canadian Music Review
East Coast music fans have been excited about the great potential of this 22 year-old songstress for a couple of years. The rest of Canada can now catch-up with the release of this highly-anticipated and seriously compelling debut album. Maritime rock hero Joel Plaskett produced, and he helps add a rockier edge to material Kenney describes as “pop music with a folky twist”. Kenney and Plaskett are alone together in... (Read more)
Rocky Mountain Outlook
Halifax-based singer-songwriter Mo Kenney is coming west for the first time.
The 22-year-old artist will tour Western Canada, playing nine shows in 10 days, with veteran musician Joel Plaskett. On Sunday (Sept. 23), they play two shows at Communitea Café, at 7 and 10:30 p.m.
Kenney, fresh on the heels of recording her first, self-titled album, spoke with the Outlook last week.
“I started working with Joel on this album... (Read more)
Nova Scotia’s Mo Kenney comes to Nelson
Mo Kenney is a young Nova Scotia-born singer/songwriter who will be making her way to Nelson with indie rocker Joel Plaskett on September 20 at the Capitol Theatre. Before she arrived, I caught up with her for an interview.
Q. What was the first concert you remember seeing?
The first concert I ever saw was the Moffatts. I was young I think I was eight or nine and I was... (Read more)
The Broken Speaker 7″ single review
“Kenney, 21, was first on Plaskett’s radar as a 17-year-old when she was recording at a small studio at Shambhala school in Halifax. It may be shocking to learn she wrote “Eden” when she was 16. The song is simple, but remains interesting as a story full of dreams and promise is told with lots of heart. The second track “The Great Escape” sounds more mature, the boredom of life... (Read more)
Herohill.com “You can hear the talent Mo possesses”
Anyone that‚ ever had the chance to talk music with Dartmouth‚ patron saint of rock n’ roll knows how much music‚ the process, the creation, the curation, and the collection‚ means to Joel. It was with that in mind that Plaskett launched a series of 45s recorded at Scotland Yard with a collection featuring artists he hand picked.
The collection is a timeline in the truest sense. The artists range... (Read more)
East Coast Countdown Live
Jimmie Inch hosts an online video program called East Coast Countdown Live and was on-site at ECMA to capture some great footage. Watch Jimmie’s interview with Mo, and her acoustic performance of “The Happy Song” here: http://vimeo.com/41006927
Mo Kenney in Mix Tape
Journalism student Chelcie Soroka interviewed Mo over breakfast back in February for the online magazine, Mix Tape. You can take a look at the magazine here:
The Music Nerd Chronicles (Moncton) Live review
“Halifax singer Mo Kenney got the evening off to a marvelous start. What she might have lacked in stage presence she more than made up for with a truly remarkable voice. Sharing with the audience that she is currently working on her full-length record with Haligonian Joel Plaskett, you should really expect to see big things from Kenney in the future. It‚Äôs not every day that you see an opening... (Read more)
The Chronicle Herald (Halifax) Live Review
“The audience also sent out lots of love to opener Mo Kenney. The 21-year-old Waverley native was a huge hit with her half-hour set, ranging from The Happy Song to Sucker, which, as she explained to enthusiastic laughter, was so named because, in her experience, love generally sucked.
Accompanying herself on acoustic guitar, Kenney told the crowd she‚Äôs working on her first album, being produced by Joel Plaskett.
Kenney did... (Read more)
The Scene Magazine (St. John’s) Live Review
“As the audience started settling, Mo Kenney took to the stage. After her first note the room was pinched as everyone narrowed in on someone that was not to be missed. She featured beautiful melodies crafted to a voice like a boomerang. Her dynamically vast range left those in attendance speechless.
A highlight was Kenney ºs song ‚ÄúScene of the Crime‚Äù which showcased the depth of her voice and writing.... (Read more)
“We all loved Mo. She’s the ‚Äúreal deal‚Äù hope to do more work with her.” – Ron Sexsmith
“Mo’s voice is silky smooth, her lyrics are smart, she has wonderfully inventive, memorable melodies, and an understated yet commanding stage presence. Check her out, folks – she will not disappoint!” – Brad Roberts, Crash Test Dummies
“She seems perfectly content to be what she is and to sing about what she ... (Read more)