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My Name Is Kay Releases Self-Titled EP in the US, Unveils New Track "Bus Stop" Featuring Ryan Tedder

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I've said it before and I will say it again (and again), My Name Is Kay is one of the most exciting new things to happen in pop music this year. The spunky Canadian singer is certainly not entirely new for many pop aficionados among you, and lucky for all of us she has been sharing a few tracks here and there to build momentum for her forthcoming debut LP. That full-length effort is scheduled to be released later this year on Patriot Records, Ryan Tedder's Interscope imprint.

Last week, Kay unveiled her self-titled EP on iTunes in the U.S. after first releasing the 5-track EP in Canada in February. It's an action-packed release that includes some of our previous faves, plus a couple of brand-new ditties that provide a firm clue of where Kay's head is at musically while also further detailing her evolving brand of pop.

Uncomplicated and fun, Kay's approach and attitude reminds me of the energy Nelly Furtado brought to the scene when she first emerged over a decade ago. Much like Furtado's early genre-mashing tunes, Kay's music has a freewheeling quality that is inventive, cheerful and reveals an endearing spirit. In times when headlines are bleak and life can get you down, Kay knows exactly how to brighten your day with heaps of optimism that comes straight from the heart.

Download the EP and listen to "Going Diamond," a track that is an ode to her love for classic hip hop that features rhymes by rap legend Kurtis Blow. Also included is the stomping "My Name Is Kay" that was written and produced by hitmakers Ryan Tedder and Evan "Kidd" Bogart. They also worked on the groovy pop romp "Diddy Dum" and the glossy "Stranger" (featuring Pusha T). Lastly, the EP includes the Dr Rosen Rosen produced "M.A.J.O.R" that I first alerted you about back in 2010.

After listening to the EP, make sure to also check out Kay's freshly unveiled "Bus Stop" that features the vocals of none other than her mentor Ryan Tedder. It's an empowering tune about persevering against the odds and keeping your eye on the prize while "taking one step at the time." Kay sings, "Waiting for the call that can change it all. Sometimes it is hard to believe that believing in me ain't stupid  ( . . .) I gotta hitch another ride to the bus stop because I think I just lost my way. I gotta knock down doors till I make."

"Bus Stop" can be streamed on the IHeartRadio web site where you can vote for Kay in the IHeartRadio contest to win a performance at the IHeartReadio Festival in Las Vegas this summer. Make sure to vote and vote often while checking out her new EP.

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April 19, 2012 | Permalink