Triple threat singer, songwriter, and guitarist, Kayla is a fan favorite for her powerful and soulful voice, “crafty songwriting, inventive covers and beyond her years worldview”. She is a five time nominated (Industry and Fan) LVMA singer including Best New Album (2018) and 2014 Best New Artist nominee at age 14 with an ever-growing catalog of music including her Shadows & Fate EP (2018), The Difference Between Fine and Okay CD (2017), Awkward and Absent SP (2017), and her songs appearing on 4 compilation CD’s. Her music has also appeared in the TUTV docu-series The Athena Project.
She has been described by Steel Notes Magazine as “the voice of this generation’s angst sounding downright brilliant” who also reviewed her first CD as “the lyrical comparison to J.D. Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye.” Lehigh Valley Underground acclaimed her music for its “ambitious songwriting, profound lyrics, and a voice that may be the most powerful and seasoned among her contemporaries.” Her CD was named one of Modern Rock Review’s “Choice 5” in March, 2018 and nominated as an LVMA Best Album (2018).
Kayla has performed at many national and regional music events and festivals including the Millennium Music Conference and Showcase, the Cape May Singer-Songwriter Festival, Heroes of Dirt (world movie premier), Musikfest, Electric City Music Festival, Riverside Music Festival, Muses in the Vineyard, etc. She’s opened for many touring bands including I the Victor (Jackal tour), Victory Dance (Let’s Get Weird tour), Sarah Blacker (Boston), AJ Croix (NJ), and played a duet with legendary blues harmonica player, James Supra, at the 2018 LVMA Awards Show. She has trained and performed her music at national conferences in Phoenix and Philadelphia.
In addition to numerous TV appearances, Kayla has been featured in Youth Today, Steel Notes Magazine, Modern Rock Review, Lehigh Valley Underground and the subject of a 2015 Martin Guitar Foundation funded documentary “yes i can, yes i will, yes i am” about her Youth Artist in Residence role (2014 & 2015) helping connect homeless and at-risk youth with music as well as serving as the emcee of the Martin Guitar Singer-Songwriter Series where she was also the alternative music performing artist.
In addition to her solo performances, Kayla co-hosts the Black Stripes or White Keys? (alternative/indie) radio show on WMFO 91.5 FM (Boston) and has performed in many musical productions including The Little Mermaid (as Ariel), Crazy for You (as Irene Roth), Curtains (as Johnny Harmon), Carousel, and Newsies.
Currently Kayla lives in Boston where she attends Tufts University as an American Studies and Film and Media major.
NEWSMAKER: Kayla Avitabile, singer/songwriter and musician
The Morning Call featured Kayla as a newsmaker for her acomplishments as a Singer-Songwriter and her volunteer headlining for fundraising concerts. (8/9/2018)
Click here to read all about it.
Lehigh Valley Underground reviews Kayla's just released 2nd EP (8/28/2018).
Lehigh Valley Underground reviews Kayla's first (2017) EP on 9/14/2017. Click here to read the full review.
Steel Notes Magazine features Kayla with a 7 page pictures and an article in their Summer 2018 edition. Click here to view/read the feature.
Steel Notes Magazine reviews Kayla's first CD The Difference Between Fine and Okay in their Summer 2017 edition. Click here to read the full review.
Review: Josie Presents Kayla Avitabile (Sherman Theater March 4, 2017)
Last issue, we shared a press release for a young singer/songwriter named Kayla who was releasing a single. This month, I had the opportunity to hear her play. I was invited to see her at East Stroudsburg, Sherman Theatre by her manager, Bob Robertson. We spoke a while about Kayla’s high school career – (she’s still in high school, and number 10 in her class) her plans for the future, (college with a degree in possibly social policy??) and her family (she comes from a family of brilliant scholars as well as musicians, her brother Michael plays flute in a classical music ensemble).
She has a passion for music but a gift for maturity beyond her years. I knew by the time dinner was over, that this young lady had an amazing future before her; regardless if she made it in the music industry or not. Her set at the Sherman theatre was part of an alternative music showcase featuring bands such as Sad Lips, Joe Billy, and Summer Scouts. Kayla certainly held her own in a room of differently thinking, musically gifted people. Her lyrics were dotted with angst and her chords were hard and sometimes angry…quite the contrast to her amicable nature and sweet appearance. She has found a voice in her music, and it’s quite an agreeable one!
By the time she was done, I wasn’t sure what she did better – sing or play guitar. Needless to say both were impressive. She has an alternative edge to her lyrics and her playing and her timing is impeccable. The changes and middle eights she writes into her songs have a difficulty level that you wouldn’t expect from an up and coming musician. Her stage presence, although small is stature, was large in confidence.
Thanks to her manager, Bob, I’m attaching a link so you can take a listen. If Kayla is playing in your area – make a point to stop by-you’ll see what I mean. We will keep an eye on her…and I’ll update you as her career grows. I hope to have her on my live interview show this summer, and if I do, you will all certainly have a front row seat! Click here for full article review.
Kayla presents a new song as part of the national Connections conference in Philadelphia, PA Click here for full article and video.
Youth Today, a national youth service publication, covers Kayla during her first year (2014) as the Youth Artist in Residence, emcee for the Martin Guitar Singer-Songwriter Series, and alternative music performer in the Series. Read full article.