I am always in awe of women who can sing. Growing up I had two passions in life: 1) interviewing phenomenal people who were changing the world, and 2) singing and performing on stage à la Janet Jackson.
I have spent most of my childhood singing, and at the age of 19 tried out for Canadian Idol (along with several thousand other people from Ottawa). I made it to the third round where judge Sass Jordan at the time told me I was terrible. From then on, singing became something I did in the privacy of my own home, and still do — yes, I feel bad for my neighbours as well. However, whenever I am in the presence of someone who has committed to their musical gift, I am in awe.
Kelsey Klassen is one those women. She pursued her musical ambitions early on, has played in some of Vancouver and Australia’s most iconic venues and has produced two albums with some of Vancouver’s best talent, a.k.a. David Morin. In 2011, she took a break from music due to the tragic loss of a good friend, and threw herself into developing her career as a writer.
Earlier this year, Kelsey was promoted to editor-in-chief of VITA Daily, Canada’s premiere online lifestyle magazine. On today’s podcast I sit down with Kelsey to chat about her early years as a musician, her passion for writing and the future of the print publication industry.