Solo singer-songwriter who performs at house concerts, festivals, clubs, concert/music venues, conferences, and special events with performance and set(s) tailored to the audience.
Price Range: $150 and up
Gig Length: 30 - 180 minutes
What to Expect
Performances are generally tailored to the event and/or audience (which could mean all acoustic or acoustic and electric as well as the particular song/set selections). In addition to my own songs, I am known for reinterpretations of covers. It is not uncommon for me to play events that last 3 - 4 hours. Unless required to set-up early, I generally require approximately 30 minutes for set-up and sound check.
Performances are always about making the listening and interactive experience memorable for the audience or listener. Prior to accepting a gig there is always a conversation with either myself or my representative about expectations for the event and performance. I also don't mind opening for or playing with other performers.
Kayla Avitabile is a gifted singer-songwriter and guitarist with a powerful and soulful voice who first awed audiences performing the opening set at MegaJam at age 13. Steel Notes Magazine describes Kayla as “the voice of this generation’s angst sounding downright brilliant” and reviewed her newest CD as “the lyrical comparison to J.D. Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye”.
She’s performed at national music events including the Millenium Music Conference and Showcase, the Cape May Singer-Songwriter Festival, and the Heroes of Dirt (world movie premier) Festival as well as countless regional festivals including Musikfest, Mayfair, Riverside, Muses in the Vineyard, ArtsFest, Jamaggedon, BaconFest, etc. In addition to her own shows, she’s opened for local and touring acts as diverse as the James Supra Blues Band, I the Victor (Jackal tour), Victory Dance (Let’s Get Weird tour), and Sarah Blacker and the New England Groove Association (Boston).
She was a Discover Lehigh Valley Best New Artist nominee at age 14 (2014) and an LVMA Industry nominee in 2017. She’s also trained and presented her music at national conferences in Phoenix and Philadelphia.
Kayla has an ever-growing catalog of original music including her The Difference Between Fine and Okay CD, her Awkward and Absent SP, and her original music appearing on 4 compilation CDs. She’s been covered in Youth Today, Steel Notes Magazine, Lehigh Valley Underground, and the subject of the Martin Guitar funded documentary “yes i can, yes i will, yes i am” which documented her Youth Artist in Residence role (2014 & 2015) helping connect homeless and at-risk youth with music as well as emceeing the Martin Guitar Singer-Songwriter Series and serving as the alternative music performing artist.
Michael Phoenix, Editor of a Valley and Beyond best described a Kayla performance as “instead of just listening to her, she makes you feel the music and her voice draws you into the song. Her voice carries the passion and power that makes you feel something and forces you to pay attention…put her on the top of your list of musicians to experience.”
For her most current and upcoming performances check out her website or public Sonicbids EPK.
Additional Booking Notes
As a solo performer, the stage/staging can be very simple with the minimum requirement being enough room for equipment set-up. Unless provided by the venue, I do provide my own PA and other equipment.
My set list is adjusted according to the audience. While will almost always play original music, covers could include everything from Fleetwood Mac to Lana Del Rey, Third Eye Blind to Fiona Apple, Hozier to Joan Osborne, Oasis to Disney, it all depends on the audience. Check out my YouTube Channel for samples of live performance sets, etc.
Influences & Inspiration
While I describe my style as indie/rock because all my original music is written in that style, I am pretty eclectic with my influences. I also perform in community theater, have played Ariel in the Little Mermaid, often sing songs from musicals (if accompanied by piano). I also sing in "Pieces of Eight", an award winning a capela female barbershop group (and sing lead in the smaller quartet - "Pitch Please"). I can sing just about anything.
While I most often play with my equipment, depending on the size of the venue or event/festival I require back line equipment to assure a quality sound performance. (We'll discuss that at the time of engagement)
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