Singer/songwriter’s performance to benefit church

SOUTHBRIDGE — The Rhode Island Songwriters Association Songwriter of the Year will be headlining a one-night-only performance to benefit a local church.

Kala Farnham, billed as a “YouTube Sensation,” will perform at Elm Street Congregational Church, 61 Elm Street, on Saturday, May 12. Also performing will be the church’s bell choir, with all proceeds from the concert being donated to the church. Tickets are $15 per person and $12 for seniors. Children under 10 are free. There will be a meet and greet with Kala beginning at 6 p.m., concert starts at 7 p.m. Free parking is available behind the Southbridge Town Hall. For more information call 774-318-1844.

Farnham is a multi-instrumentalist singer-songwriter homegrown out of the Quiet Corner of Connecticut. She began her musical journey at the young age of three when she learned the theme to Close Encounters of the Third Kind on a toy piano. By age seven, Farnham was gracing the stage playing Mozart concertos and Chopin nocturnes. In high school she established herself as a working musician as her alma mater’s theater accompanist; in college, she furthered her studies in music technology, composition, and jazz. Since then, music has continued to be the defining factor of her life.

Farnham is described by RI’s Motif Magazine as a “pint-sized, piano-playing powerhouse… with influences of pop, Broadway, and world music”. Her signature songwriting has been likened to a reinvention of the traditional folk made popular by artists such as Joni Mitchell and Joan Baez; she is praised for her complex classical undertones and playful dose Broadway theatricality onstage, reminiscent of modern-day performers Tori Amos and Regina Spektor. Farnham’s affinity for poetry and creative writing is evident through signature lyricism that springs to life with heartfelt and creative storytelling, cultural references, and rich metaphor.

Spring 2014 marked the release of her first professional studio album “Anahata: Wake Up Your Heart”, leading to a nomination for “Best Americana Album” in Rhode Island’s Motif Music Awards alongside a nomination for “Best Female Americana Vocalist”. In 2015, she was selected as an Official Showcase Artist in the 2015 SERFA Music Conference. October 2016 marked the release of her second studio album “Samadhi: Home Is Where You Are”, as well as another nomination for Best Americana Album. In 2017, Farnham was selected as one of 12 songwriters from across the world invited to the John Mercer Songwriters Project. Farnham was the winner of the 2017 Rhode Island Songwriters Association Performing Songwriter Contest. Throughout her career, she has traveled the east coast and shared the stage with the likes of Tony Bennett, Don McLean, Tower of Power, and Christine Ohlman. Farnham has appeared at such venues as The Garde Arts Center, The Regent Theater, The Bushnell’s Autorino Hall, and Arnold Palmer’s Kingdom Cup.

Farnham has fully immersed herself in the music world, supplementing her performing songwriter pursuits as a studio session musician (Signature Sounds Studio), live session musician with several New England bands, and as a musical theater director, accompanist, actress, and composer (The Bradley Playhouse, Bryant University, Emerson Theater Collaborative). In addition to performing, Kala works behind the scenes in live and studio music production, providing technical support for The Guess Who, Foghat, Little Big Town, Easton Corbin, and Bachman-Turner at Connecticut’s Woodstock Fair. More Information:

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