Canadian Jazz vocalist, Composer, Educator and Visual Artist, Kalya Ramu, is making a name for herself in Toronto’s Jazz community. Ramu has a passion for storytelling and reinventing old Jazz music. She began singing at the age of 12, frequenting Jazz jams and performing with community big bands at festivals. At 22 she graduated from the Humber College Bachelor of Music Degree Program and continued building her career as a performer and songwriter. In 2019 Ramu released her debut full-length album, Living in a Dream (2019), from which the title track (an original song) was featured on the soundtrack of CBC show Frankie Drake Mysteries. Ramu’s latest work, Duo (2021), is a five-track album of all original material performed by piano and voice. The album was cowritten with and features pianist Ewen Farncombe. Kalya has a new single, Algo Contigo, coming out on July 14, 2023, featuring the composition of Argentinian songwriter Chico Novarro and the playing of Brazilian guitarist
As a visual artist, Ramu focuses on watercolour portraiture. She is currently working as an illustrator for smART Magazine (by Lighthouse Immersive) and has her work published in their print issues! She has designed album artwork for herself and Canadian musicians Marshal Herridge, Chris Platt, Claire Coupland, Shealagh Rose, and Trevor Peverley.
NEW SINGLE OUT NOW! Kalya Ramu's very first single, ALGO CONTIGO (written by Chico Novarro and featuring André Valério), is out now on all streaming platforms!
Video Game Release! In collaboration with Nathan Ford and Michael Wyckoff, an unexpected rendition of Bing Crosby classic "Don't Fence Me In" is featured in the closing scene/credits for new Stress Level Zero VR game, Bonelab! OUT NOW!
Music Video Release for Kalya Ramu's original song Laugh It Off, co-written by and featuring Ewen Farncombe. WATCH NOW!