Kayla Ringelheim is a young woman with impressive piano chops, ancient tales to tell, and a voice of honey to tell them with. She grew up surrounded by the vibrant musical culture of Harvard Square’s fabled Club Passim, where she played her first open mic at age 13. With the immense power of connection and expression in music being instilled in her at a young age, Kayla conjures memories of Joni Mitchell and Suzanne Vega with a modern edge of pop and jazz.
About Kayla’s most recent album, acclaimed songwriter and performer Vance Gilbert says: “Each of these songs is a snapshot - perfect short stories, sung by a guileless, wounded angel. She's wise and surprised, thankful and injured, warm and resolved, all at the same time. Kayla does in four songs what some of us singer songwriters only feign in a full career. You'll say, ‘Man, where's she been all this time’. Never mind. She has arrived."
Kayla has been a finalist in the John Lennon Songwriting Competition and was voted “Audience Choice” at the Boston Folk Festival Songwriting Competition in 2008. She has performed 100+ concerts across New England and in Canada, and has opened for artists such as Antje Duvekot, Chris O'Brien, and Vance Gilbert. Kayla has three recordings: “Tides” (2005 LP), “Play” (2008 EP), and "Wandering Feet" (2012).
Alongside her music career, Kayla is a committed healthcare professional and advocate for health justice. She recently completed an MBA/MPH at Yale University, and currently works as a healthcare consultant in New York City.
“Kayla's new record is awesome. The songs are all solid and lovely with delicious melodies and quirky, meaningful lyrics. The production is gorgeous. I've listened to the cd many, many times over now and am enjoying it every time.” - Antje Duvekot, 2012
"On 'Juliette' she sings, 'Maybe it's time we let go' over slide guitar, in what turns out to be one of my favorite local songs of the year ("Nobody Knows" is pretty damn special, too)." - Chris Conti, Providence Phoenix, November 27th, 2012
"Angelic when she sustains a vocal note, Ringelheim easily creates beauty with natural instruments...That emotional depth and musical richness is what Ringelheim’s album is all about." - Bill Copeland, Bill Copeland Music Blog, November 14th, 2012
"The imagery that her lyrics projected, the piano music and Kayla's ability to beautifully sing with a smile all made my jaw drop. Five years later and her performances still do that to me." - John Fuzek, Motif Magazine, December, 2012
"The gorgeous clarity of Kayla's voice on her debut CD conjures memories of early Joni Mitchell or Suzanne Vega, but hearing this young talented artist perform her own heartfelt songs on stage sends chills up the spine. Startlingly honest, Kayla is off to an impressive and promising start as a songwriter and performer." - David Lavalley, Executive Director of The Center for Arts in Natick, 2007