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Spotlight On….Kayla Mahon



Kayla Mahon is a southern New Zealand-based singer, songwriter and musician who has been performing country music since age four.

Winner of the coveted 2000 and 2008 New Zealand Overall Gold Guitar Award, other achievements include performing at CMC Rocks in 2017, reaching the top 24 on the globally recognized XFACTOR NZ in 2015 and representing Aotearoa on the Global Artist stage in Nashville in 2016 showcasing her original song “Through Georgia’s Eyes.”

Named NZCMA Horizon Award winner in 2015, Kayla journeyed to Tennessee and recorded her first Nashville single “Do You Ever”- successfully trending on Spotify’s Fresh Country playlist, followed by her first EP release in 2015, entitled “Girl on the Move. Prior to her solo career, Kayla was half of “The Heartleys”-a country music duo that successfully released two albums, winning both the NZCMA and Southland Duo of the Year and appearing on the Australian country music charts.

Warmly embraced in the strong southern New Zealand country music scene, Kayla has also performed to crowds in Norway, Norfolk Island and Australia.With a career spanning three decades,Kayla returns to Nashville in June 2023 to work with producer Jay Tooke of Penny Arcade Productions and co-writer Ryan Sorestad. This collaborative album will reflect Kayla’s newfound depth and storytelling, capturing a decade of songwriting maturity while also celebrating her established sound that audiences know and love.

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