Calgary based independent folk-pop artist writing from the heart.
What's the story?
Maclayne is a singer-songwriter artist based out of Calgary, Alberta. With a sound often compared to Regina Spektor and Sara Bareilles, her brand of folk-pop is authentically quirky and theatrical, featuring relatable, heartfelt and emotive storytelling, punctuated by honest, deep and soulful lyrics.
Her debut six-song EP, Off The Deep End (spring 2024) is a project born out of a profound and transformative six-month journey through Nicaragua and features the singles “out of the city” and “if you let go” (summer 2023), which received radio airplay on CKUA, CBC, CKXU (88.3FM Lethbridge alternative) and regional campus radio. “The intensity of selling my belongings, losing relationships, and traveling with little plan led me to process the experience through writing songs, unknowingly birthing my first record. The journey taught me a lot about surrender, trust, and letting go, which are all themes woven throughout the EP,” says Maclayne.
After being featured in several artist showcases (Calgary Songsmiths, Canada’s Music Incubator, Ranchman’s Local Vocals) Maclayne played over 40 shows around Calgary in 2023, including selling out her first release show, and gathering sizable walk-up crowds while busking on the Riverwalk.
Maclayne currently practices as an accredited music therapist after earning her Bachelor of Music Therapy from Capilano University in Vancouver (2020). Growing up, she attended her jazz pianist grandfather’s (Ray Petch) big band shows and studied classical piano. Maclayne also taught herself ukulele and guitar before going on to study operatic voice performance at the University of Calgary.
"This is a voice that will be instantly recognizable in the Canadian folk scene"
Listen to Maclayne's recent releases
"Quirky, positive and fun, reminiscent of a cross between Joni Mitchell and Dolores O’Riordan. Maclayne’s voice is airy, breathy and characterful with some absolutely jaw-dropping head voice moments"
'out of the city'
live in studio, at the National Music Centre
“With her unique take on folk-pop and her lyrics that echo the universal search for authenticity and freedom, Maclayne is ready to win hearts and establish herself as an up-and-coming artist”
Dario De Shows
'wherever it goes'
performed at the Calgary Folk Club
March 23, 2024: Opening act for Big Little Lions
Maclayne will open the show at the Nickelodeon Music Club in Calgary. 7:30pm. Click here for tickets.
April 21, 2024: Write On! Artist Showcase
Join Maclayne and 15 other artists from this year's Write On! Songwriting Experience as they share an original song written during the program, at Festival Hall in Calgary. Ticket info to come.
Let's make some magic.
Questions? Want to book a show? Or write a song together? Let's connect.