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Sharing the stage

Kellie Loder is no stranger to the Newfoundland music scene. What is new, however, is to see her sharing the stage.

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Kellie Loder, left, and drummer Dan George have combined talents to form Kellie Loder & The Unlikely Seas.

Having been a solo artist for many years, Loder decided to branch out and is now part of a duo group called Kellie Loder & The Unlikely Seas.

Originally from Badger but currently based out of St. John’s, Loder has made quite a name for herself in the music industry.

At only 27 years of age, she has released two Contemporary Christian music albums, showcased at the ECMA’s, been nominated for numerous MUSIC NL Awards as well as a Juno Award and just this past Spring took number one spot for the Newfoundland district for the CBC Searchlight Competition.

Loder has done a lot of solo work in the past but now she and drummer, Dan George, make up her new act.

“One day I finally said ‘I don’t wanna do this by myself anymore. I want to take a few people on for the ride,’” Loder said about her change in direction.

“We are just starting out,” she told the Advertiser. “We are up and coming and really excited about our new group.”

For a new group, they are already gaining “great exposure,” having just played at Shaun Majumder’s “The Gathering”, where they opened for The Fortunate Ones and shared the stage with many other bands including Sherman Downey, Shannygannock, and The Secrets.

“It is great to have someone to share the stage with. Someone you can totally rely on,” Loder said, adding that is one thing that is “100 per cent positive about this experience.”

Having transitioned from contemporary Christian to folk pop rock, the group is preparing to release a single in the new year.

“It is a single I wrote called Mold It Like A Monster,” she said. “It is creating a lot of buzz.”

Aside from performing together, both Loder and George are enrolled in the same program academically. “We started the Music, Business and Technology program at College of the North Atlantic. We want to learn more about being professional in the music industry,” she noted.

Having pursued studies in both nursing and event management in the past, Loder gave up a future in both professions to focus on her music.

“My heart said ‘you have to do music,’” she said.

She followed her heart and pursued music, not wanting to look back in a few years and ask herself if she had tried hard enough.

Loder said the group’s name stemmed from a song she wrote called Unlikely Seas. A song that, she said, is about chasing something that is unlikely to happen.

The band has some shows coming up around St. John’s, including Nov. 18 at The Rock House on George Street.

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