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KIERA OSMENT - BIOGRAPHY
Kiera Osment, who hales from Devon has been compared to the likes of Sarah McLachlan, Lana Del Rey and Natalie Merchant. Honest, Soulful and Heartfelt.
Recent quote from Demos Uk:
“A Musician whose complete commitment to improving and searching deep in herself cannot help but have a unique voice and understanding. When you listen to Kiera’s music you get the feeling that it is the very fabric of herself, without Artifice and full of Art.”
From a young age Kiera has had a passion for music. That may have come from being blasted anything from Toms Waits to Abba onto her mothers stomach when she was in the womb. She was drawn to the piano early on in her life. Given her first keyboard at six, then went on to learn classical piano at nine. At this time other instruments started to capture her interest, which included the guitar and cello. Songwriting is her greatest joy, drawing on many experiences from life and her great interest in reading to write poignant songs and haunting ballads. The strength and emotion of Kiera’s voice came to a surprise to her and her family.
Quotes from the press:
North Devon Journal: “Kiera is endowed with a honey soaked voice that startles and sparkles in equal measure – a proficient pianist and guitarist to boot”
Glastonbury Emerging Talent Competition: “Osment’s work stands up against that of older artists”
Jamie Harper, SoundCheck: “Pick of the bunch is Kiera Osment whose haunting piano and bewitching voice are utterly captivating. Pensive poignant songs that will wrench your heart.”
In recent times Kiera has supported Clare Teal, Eleanor McEvoy and Edwina Hayes, Kast Off Kinks, Kevin Mark Trail and BBC Radio 2 Folk award nominees Wildwood Kin. In 2013 she was on the longlist for Glastonbury’s Emerging talent completion and won best vocalist at the Song Academy Song Competition in London.
Kiera is very driven and likes to play live as much as she can. She has played at many venues including; The Bedford and The Troubadour in London, The Fleece in Bristol. Locally, The Plough Arts Centre, Queens Theatre, The Loft Barber Sessions, The Creative Innovation Centre, South Devon Arts Centre as well as many pubs, clubs, hotels and restaurants throughout the Southwest. She has also played at many Festivals including Brisfest in 2013, Maker Festival, Cornwall Folk Festival, Tiverton Balloon And Music Festival and The Llama Festival. This year she is looking forward to Supporting Kast Off Kinks again, playing at The Godney Gathering, Watchet Music Festival and other smaller festivals.
Quote’s from the audience:
“Kiera has a depth of lyrics of that of a person who is belied of their age – an old soul in a young body perhaps” Llama Festival.
“Superb young artist, more Joni Mitchell’s blue than pharrell’s happy, but definitely one to watch.”
“When I saw you for first time at Riverside and was blown away. Your music is deep soulful and melancholic. It evokes emotion.”
“You are connected with your music in such a unique way, that a live performance adds to songs in a way that cannot be described, only experienced.”
“Beautiful, sweet and genuine, raw and powerful….moving. Thank you young lady.”
“Soulful, Shimmering piano, absolutely mesmerising to be honest.”
Kiera has played a live session on BBC Introducing Devon and has also had many plays on various radio and internet shows throughout the world. James Santer – BBC Introducing Devon: “Quite Speechless, just Amazing, I’m quite teary eyed. So pleased you came in and did this live session.”
She has also played live sessions on Voice Fm, Phonic Fm and Riviera FM and will be filming a short set with SW1TV in May.
Kiera is constantly writing and performing and hopes to continue music into old age wherever it takes her!
Kiera Osment’s tracks