Kalyn Fay – Norman Music Festival

Kalyn Fay - Photo by M. Tim Blake
Contempoary Americana singer/songwriter, Kalyn Fay, speaks with me in this Norman Music Festival performer question and answer session. Kalyn will perform at Sooner Theatre on Friday, April 28, 2017, at 7:00 pm. Since this is the festival’s tenth year, here are ten questions to get to know her.

1. To get people to know you, how would you describe yourself and your music?
Describing yourself is such a hard question! I am a multi-faceted artist, working in music, design, and fine art. Generalizing the best I can, my music has folk, Americana, and indie elements.


2. What song would you like a person who hasn’t heard your music listen to first?
The first song I would want someone to listen to, if they haven’t heard my music, is definitely Plan. It is in it’s most simple form on the record, and I think it’s a better idea of what you’re doing to experience when I play solo shows, which is the majority of the time.

3. What’s your song writing process?
I usually start with a theme, idea, or a mood I would like to set, then move on from there. The music and lyrics seem to follow once I’ve decided on those things.

4. What are your thoughts on the Norman Music Festival?
Norman Music Festival is probably my favorite festival in Oklahoma. It’s something I look forward to every year because I get to play to such a diverse crowd, some people I would never have met otherwise. Also, I get to catch some amazing acts while I’m there, alongside getting to see old friends and make new ones.

5. In general, what inspires you?
Relationships and experiences with people, Oklahoma, traveling outside of Oklahoma, love, faith, growing up. I guess the whole human experience. LIFE, MAN.

6. You’ve just been offered an all expenses paid trip. Where would you go?
Greece! I remember watching a documentary as a kid and thinking it would be so cool to cliff jump into the sea.

7. Any plans while you’re in the Norman area?
Definitely going to hit up Pepe Delgado’s for a burrito.

8. Anything else you want the public to know about you?
At the ripe age of 26, I can confidently say I have finally learned how to appreciate salad. On occasion.

9. What do you think should be the Ninth Wonder of the World?
Honestly or jokingly? Honestly, the Grand Canyon. Jokingly, the collection of paper napkins I have from restaurants in my glove compartment.

10. What was the most extreme adventure you’ve had?
Working as a mentor for Native Explorers (I am Cherokee), I spent a few weeks in different remote locations on paleontology digs with a group of Native American college students. I climbed up the side of a steep cliff, lost my footing laughing at a joke, and slipped and fell onto a cactus. That’s about as extreme as I get. I did get a song out of that trip that I used on the album, though, called Middlegate Station.


The tenth Norman Music Festival is on April 27, 28, and 29, 2017. Read more interviews from performers in the festival, present and past, here.

Dennis Spielman

I'm Dennis Spielman, the Owner and Producer of Uncovering Oklahoma. In short, I’m a creative person that writes imaginative stories for books, movies, and shows. More about my projects are at DennisSpielman.com

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