When you think of Canadian country music’s next generation of top talent, Kira Isabella is firmly established among that group. She has won two CCMA Awards (including Female Artist of the Year in 2013), landed three Top 10 singles on the Billboard Canadian Hot 100, and has had eight consecutive Top 20 radio singles – all by the age of 25.
Having released two new EP’s entitled Side A and Side B in late 2018 and early 2019 respectively, Kira Isabella is really finding her voice.
“One of the cool things I’ve been hearing from the people closest to me is that they feel that I’m really starting to find my voice,” says Isabella.
“I’m really singing about things that are important to me and figuring out who I am as an artist. I hope that people can continue to see that.”
This is very evident in Little Girl which climbed into the Top 15 at Canadian country radio. It’s taken some time for Kira to release a new album but the wait for the new music was well worth it.
“This is the first album I’ve released in a little while. I really wanted to take the time with my producer and in the studio to find my voice again and to figure out where I wanted to go vocally and what I wanted to sing about,” says Isabella.
“I got together with some people that came up with some incredible music. I Don’t Wanna Know is the one where I started to actually feel like a writer. There’s been a lot of growth on this album I think.”
Some of those people include Maren Morris, Sam Ellis and Shy Carter who wrote Danger Danger. Up-and-coming country superstar Levi Hummon is featured on We Should Be Together.
Last September, Kira Isabella fulfilled a lifelong dream of getting to perform with Shania Twain at the CCMA Awards in Hamilton. Her young career has been chock-fullof incredible moments but to her that one takes the cake.
For Kira Isabella, performing is her favourite part of being a musician and those moments are always the ones that stick the most.
“Just playing live has always been my favourite part about this. Just connecting with audiences everywhere,” says Isabella.
So what is Kira Isabella looking forward to in the next couple of years?
“I think if you look at my list of goals for the next couple of years I would love to win another CCMA. That would be really incredible. And to get to perform on the show again next year. Those are the types of things I look forward to.”