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"Kinley - Fair Hero"

There's no doubt Kinley is a name foreign to many ears. The acoustic folk singer from the prairies of Saskatchewan whose real name is Josh Docksteader humbly introduces himself by weaving a web of simplistic pleasures on his Fair Hero debut album.

Kinley's clearly faith-based (religious-wise) as a songwriter, and his songs are personal, inspirational tales of hope and perseverance in a world gone astray. They're devoid of pretentious motives, and are truthful expressions of a longing heart. Although Fair Hero's melancholic at times, there's no denying the optimism that resonates throughout its core.

Kinley's voice is a blend of sorrowful regret and unwavering endurance, and it truly aids the LP's thematic structure. Themes of loss and submission found in "Mercy For Us All" and "Defeat" are interspersed with themes of rejuvenation and rebirth in "On The Edge Of Triumph" and "Winter To Spring." So, as straightforward as the Fair Hero is stylistically, there's great emotional depth lyrically.

Although there are other musicians credited on the album (and they do provide exceptional support), this is a highly personal record that derives from one soul. And with nothing to lose, Kinley lays it all out for the listener to embrace.

Simplicity at its best. - CHARTattack


Fair Hero (2011)



Kinley is the solo moniker for Saskatchewan-based folk singer/songwriter Josh Docksteader. His upcoming debut album fair hero is a perfect blend of deep, imaginative poetry and solid, heart warming melodies. With instrumentation ranging from that of acoustic guitar, piano, electric guitar, banjo, keyboards, and harmonicas; this album will be worth paying attention to.
Josh hails all the way from Prince Edward Island, where his love for music and poetry began. Over the past few years, Josh has been developing his music and has been involved in presenting his songs at a variety of venues and fundraisers, and has been featured alongside fellow Saskatchewan artists Andy Shauf, Meghan Bowman, and Tripmeter, to name a few.
Strongly influenced by songwriters such at Bahamas’ Afie Jurvanen, Bob Dylan, and Jon Foreman (to name a few) Josh’s easy-going nature and soft voice will pull in listeners, and they will not leave without feeling calmed by his music, yet intrigued and challenged by his lyrics. It is the perfect music for the coffee-shop/house show atmosphere. Kinley’s music will draw in several generations of music enthusiasts, as well as provide the unfamiliar listener a space to be introduced to Josh’s comforting acoustic style.

There is much to be expected from this dream-driven melodist. You won’t want to miss out on what Kinley has to offer.