Kalya Ramu is a 27-year-old Jazz vocalist, bandleader, and composer from Toronto, ON. Kalya has a passion for rejuvenating and reinventing old Jazz music. She began her singing career at the age of 12, performing with big bands across the GTA. By age 22, Kalya graduated with honors from the Humber College Bachelor of Music Degree Program. Since then she has been performing in notable venues and Jazz festivals all over Toronto and the Greater Toronto Area.
In 2018 Kalya began writing original Jazz compositions, and a year later she released her debut full-length album Living in a Dream, which included four of her original songs and seven rarely recorded Jazz standards. Following this release, one of her original songs was featured on the soundtrack of CBC show Frankie Drake Mysteries. Currently Kalya actively performs and continues to compose new music, some of which she hopes to record in the coming year. Influenced by the vocal stylings of Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee, Sarah Vaughan and June Christy, her dynamic singing evokes nostalgia for a past era.
Kalya doubles as a visual artist. She has been drawing and painting since childhood and majored in visual art at an arts middle school and high school before deciding to pursue music full time. Kalya spends her free time creating watercolour portraits and has sold many original pieces and commissions. She designed album art/logos for Canadian musicians Chris Platt, Claire Coupland, Shealagh Rose, and Trevor Peverley. Kalya is open for portrait commissions and sells her original pieces on her Visual Art Website. You can see some of her original works below.