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Watch Magazine chats with Mo

By Emily Jocks, Watch Magazine

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Friday night, local singer-songwriter Mo Kenney performed alongside Symphony Nova Scotia as part of the Halifax Pop Explosion festival, resulting in a spectacular show. The combination of her honest, powerful lyrics and warm voice with the vibrancy of the orchestra left the audience with a unique experience and wanting more.

Ahead of her Oct. 21 performance with Symphony NS, Kenney spoke with the Watch to discuss her preparation leading up to it, which actually began months before last night.

“There is a lot of preparation that goes into it because you have to get someone to chart your songs for you, so they can actually play it with you,” Kenney stated. “There’s a bunch of rehearsals that have to happen before the actual show and it’s just like a completely different experience even than, like, playing a band.” [READ MORE]

3X3: MO KENNEY ON SAVING GUITARS, CLIMBING TREES, AND LOVING SUMMER

By BGS Staff, The Bluegrass Situation

Your house is burning down and you can grab only one thing — what would you save?
I’d save my acoustic guitar. It’s a 1930s Hensel parlor … I’d be devastated to lose it.

If you weren’t a musician, what would you be?
I’d be a hermit/carpenter and I would be living in the woods somewhere alone. If I could be an Olympic tree climber, that would be neat, too.

If a song started playing every time you entered the room, what would you want it to be?
“Gangsters Paradise”

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EXCLUSIVE: Singer-Songwriter Mo Kenney Talks With Elmore Magazine About Her Award-Winning Track “Sucker”

“Beyond the beauty of the song, Kenney is almost relaxing to watch–eyes closed, fingers gentle on the strings, with an ease and graceful air about her.” [READ FULL INTERVIEW HERE]

Stream Mo Kenney In My Dreams (Stereogum Premiere)

imdBy Sadie Bell, Stereogum

Canadian singer-songwriter Mo Kenney is set to release her sophomore album In My Dreams in the US this week. The album was released in Canada in 2014 and earned Kenney a Juno nomination for Best Adult Alternative Album of the Year.

Kenney has created a polished work that looks inward for inspiration. In My Dreams is made up of introspective narratives composed in thoughtful, alternately playful and cynical lyrics, conveyed melodically through her sultry alto voice. Songs like “Faked It” tell honest stories about destructive, failed relationships with snarky lyrics such as, “When I said it was forever, I was lying through my teeth.” Throughout the album a dizzying, powerful classic rock guitar sound draws you into Kenney’s magnetism. In songs like “Mountains To The Mess” and “Untouchable,” as Kenney’s voice commands the track, the sound of a blues-influenced electric guitar sweeps the song into the realm of ’60s classic rock.

Here’s some background on the album from Kenney:

Hi, this is my second album. Overall the album is a lot different from my debut, it feels more grown up and closer to what I want to say as an artist. I find it easier to look inward for inspiration, so most of my songs tend to be pretty personal. I think I’m revealing more about myself in my writing all the time. I’m trying to connect with people through my own experiences, I just hope that other people can relate to what I’m saying. “In My Dreams” is a snapshot of the two and a half year period it took to write it. Full of relationship drama and a lot of self-reflection.

With her playful lyricism entrenched in intricate guitar work, Kenney has crafted an alluring album of the singer-songwriter variety. Listen here via Stereogum.

Under the Radar Premiere “Take Me Outside” – In My Dreams US Release April 29

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By Joshua M. Miller, Under The Radar
Photo by Matt Williams

Later this month, 25-year-old Canadian singer/songwriter Mo Kenney will re-release her sophomore album In My Dreams in the US. It was originally released in Canada in 2014 and was nominated for a Juno Award. Today, we’re premiering her latest single “Take Me Outside.”

The song – and album as a whole – draws from Kenney’s newfound confidence to be fully honest and not hold any of her feelings back in her lyrics. In the song, she sings about the pressures of life getting to her, even singing “take me outside and blow my fucking head off,” and musing that she “won’t last a year if I’m alone out here.”

Kenney had the following to say about her long journey to record the song: Read More

Interview and Performance: Mo Kenney at the New Revival Coffeehouse – April 2, 2016

Ralph DeFlorio interviews Mo Kenney at her performance at the New Revival Coffeehouse:

Check out the full performance here:

Mo Kenney honoured to be JUNO-nominated alongside friend and collaborator Joel Plaskett

By Michael Grondin, Beatroute

The bouncy and brutally honest folk songs of Mo Kenney have established her as a young musical icon in Canada, and this maritime singer-songwriter from Dartmouth, NS has just been nominated for a JUNO for her 2014 album In My Dreams.

“It’s really surreal,” she says with a laugh, “it’s great to be recognized. When I started making music, I definitely wasn’t thinking about winning awards, I wanted to do something I enjoyed while also being successful.” In My Dreams is a masterfully balanced 10-song album — a follow up to her critically acclaimed self-titled debut release in 2012. In My Dreams sees Kenney exploring themes of heartache and heartbreak, but also a few new beginnings. The album’s release has definitely fulfilled Kenney’s ancillary goal of “also being successful,” having led to numerous awards including being hailed as among the “Best of Halifax” by the city’s street mag The Coast, as well as high praise from the East Coast Music Association among others. Read More

Review: Mo Kenney at The QUEEN’S HALL, EDINBURGH

By Tom King, Southside and Old Town Living

This trip to the Queen’s Hall tonight was one of those real musical mystery tours as I was going to see and hear music from people that I just knew nothing about.

Opening the show tonight was Canadian singer songwriter Mo Kenney, and from the very brief information available online for the show, I was intrigued to find out how this award winning (four Nova Scotia Music awards to name but a few) artist not only sounded, but used words.

Mo came on stage bringing nothing but herself, a guitar and her music. Always I feel a brave thing to do as there is no hiding place once you start and from the very starts Mo came over as a very down to earth person with no star pretentions who simply just had to write this music and these words down for her own sake as much as any audience that would ever hear them. Read More

“In My Dreams” included as #2 in Music Liberation’s Top 10 Albums of 2015 (UK)

By Jon Sidwell, Music Liberation

In My Dreams is a confident, thoughtful, and wholly satisfying collection of tracks which contemplate each other, and ultimately lends itself to an enchanting listening experience. Lead single ‘Telephones’ has some lovely harmonies, whilst you’d be forgiven for thinking that ‘Untouchable’ was sung by some big band diva such is the power and rawness that comes out. It’s not all about the vocals though, Mo is a very talented guitarist and this is evident throughout this record.”