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KT Laine – “Always Be My Baby” (Mariah Carey)

Like Marlaena Moore, even having previously played shows together, KT Laine is an Edmonton transplant currently living in Montreal who fits into the indie-pop space. With a folkier flair reminiscent of her prairie upbringing and an appreciation for vintage recording equipment, most of Laine’s compositions are relatively minimal, something that is offset by her haunting delivery and introspective lyricism.

What was your first live music experience?

I remember first playing live when I was around 12 at the local Legion in my small hometown in rural Alberta. Very humble beginnings to say the least; I think the song (that I performed) was by Bright Eyes.

When did you realize you wanted to be a performer?

I realized around that time, 12 years old, that I wanted to perform more, feeling more ‘myself’ while playing music than ever.

Who are some of your biggest female-identifying inspirations?

Lately my top ladies are Angel Olsen, Aldous Harding, Broadcast and Cate Le Bon. I grew up listening to a lot of Feist, Shania Twain, Tegan and Sara, Sheryl Crow, and Alanis Morissette.

What are your memories of the Women & Songs compilation series?

I remember hearing Women & Songs mostly in the car, yelling Sheryl Crow lyrics out the window at like 11 years old.

Why did you choose the song you covered for this project?

I chose this Mariah Carey track because it’s such a well written song, and is always stuck in my head. Also, it’s so different from the music I usually make, so it was a challenge, and felt funny to play around with and make it work in another style. It turned out a lot more soul/jazzy than I expected. Mitch Davis’s keys really were the cherry on top.