Music career set to kick into high gear for local singer/songwriter

News Nov 22, 2006 Flamborough Review

After making some serious sound waves in the Hamilton area in 2005, it looks as if 2006 is going to be a good year for Waterdown's Cara Kelterborn and her band, Forever Means Never.

Kelterborn, who last May nabbed top place and $10,000 worth of recording at Mastermind Studio thanks to a competition sponsored by radio station Y108, went on to pick up a statuette at the 2005 Hamilton Music Awards last month, for Local Group of the Year (People's Choice).

"We had asked people to vote for us, but when "Butterfly Wings" (one of the tracks from her first CD) started playing, I knew it was us. I couldn't believe it," Kelterborn said of the unexpected win.

"It's weird to think about this; a year ago it was just me in my room recording stuff," the former security guard noted, adding that her involvement with studio led to a job with Mastermind and BLR Entertainment.

Kelterborn writes, sings and plays the acoustic guitar. She is backed up in Forever Means Never by drummer Steve Tomalty, bassist Andrew Davy and guitarist Derek Wiens. James Forbes contributes cello and viola.

Through December, the band was excited to be playing in the Hamilton area once again, at clubs and all-ages venues. They were then slated to head back into the studio to put the finishing touches on the new 12-song CD, which will be released in March - just in time for a gig during Canadian Music Week in Toronto.

The progression from working solo to creating with a band has en-hanced the process for Kelterborn, especially in the studio.

"It was awesome, better this time, knowing that I had found these guys," she said. "Everybody just kind of came together and became friends."

She said she felt more pressure on her freshman effort, Timing is Everything ...And I Lost My Watch, a seven-song collection on which she sings and plays guitar and piano.

"This time I can just focus on guitar and vocals, and the rest is taken care of."

Tomalty, who is also an instructor at Udrum in Waterdown, noted that Kelterborn's sound is influenced by contemporary female singer/songwriters - but with a twist.

"There is definitely more energy, and there's a punk influence in her stuff," he said.

Kelterborn's voice indeed imbue her music with a simple honesty. And, as she points out, its power comes as a surprise from such a diminutive and quiet demeanor.

"I'm having a lot of fun," she grinned. "It's a hobby that's turned into something I love. I get a high on stage; I like to get in people's faces.

"That's where I take a stand."

Music career set to kick into high gear for local singer/songwriter

News Nov 22, 2006 Flamborough Review

After making some serious sound waves in the Hamilton area in 2005, it looks as if 2006 is going to be a good year for Waterdown's Cara Kelterborn and her band, Forever Means Never.

Kelterborn, who last May nabbed top place and $10,000 worth of recording at Mastermind Studio thanks to a competition sponsored by radio station Y108, went on to pick up a statuette at the 2005 Hamilton Music Awards last month, for Local Group of the Year (People's Choice).

"We had asked people to vote for us, but when "Butterfly Wings" (one of the tracks from her first CD) started playing, I knew it was us. I couldn't believe it," Kelterborn said of the unexpected win.

"It's weird to think about this; a year ago it was just me in my room recording stuff," the former security guard noted, adding that her involvement with studio led to a job with Mastermind and BLR Entertainment.

Kelterborn writes, sings and plays the acoustic guitar. She is backed up in Forever Means Never by drummer Steve Tomalty, bassist Andrew Davy and guitarist Derek Wiens. James Forbes contributes cello and viola.

Through December, the band was excited to be playing in the Hamilton area once again, at clubs and all-ages venues. They were then slated to head back into the studio to put the finishing touches on the new 12-song CD, which will be released in March - just in time for a gig during Canadian Music Week in Toronto.

The progression from working solo to creating with a band has en-hanced the process for Kelterborn, especially in the studio.

"It was awesome, better this time, knowing that I had found these guys," she said. "Everybody just kind of came together and became friends."

She said she felt more pressure on her freshman effort, Timing is Everything ...And I Lost My Watch, a seven-song collection on which she sings and plays guitar and piano.

"This time I can just focus on guitar and vocals, and the rest is taken care of."

Tomalty, who is also an instructor at Udrum in Waterdown, noted that Kelterborn's sound is influenced by contemporary female singer/songwriters - but with a twist.

"There is definitely more energy, and there's a punk influence in her stuff," he said.

Kelterborn's voice indeed imbue her music with a simple honesty. And, as she points out, its power comes as a surprise from such a diminutive and quiet demeanor.

"I'm having a lot of fun," she grinned. "It's a hobby that's turned into something I love. I get a high on stage; I like to get in people's faces.

"That's where I take a stand."

Music career set to kick into high gear for local singer/songwriter

News Nov 22, 2006 Flamborough Review

After making some serious sound waves in the Hamilton area in 2005, it looks as if 2006 is going to be a good year for Waterdown's Cara Kelterborn and her band, Forever Means Never.

Kelterborn, who last May nabbed top place and $10,000 worth of recording at Mastermind Studio thanks to a competition sponsored by radio station Y108, went on to pick up a statuette at the 2005 Hamilton Music Awards last month, for Local Group of the Year (People's Choice).

"We had asked people to vote for us, but when "Butterfly Wings" (one of the tracks from her first CD) started playing, I knew it was us. I couldn't believe it," Kelterborn said of the unexpected win.

"It's weird to think about this; a year ago it was just me in my room recording stuff," the former security guard noted, adding that her involvement with studio led to a job with Mastermind and BLR Entertainment.

Kelterborn writes, sings and plays the acoustic guitar. She is backed up in Forever Means Never by drummer Steve Tomalty, bassist Andrew Davy and guitarist Derek Wiens. James Forbes contributes cello and viola.

Through December, the band was excited to be playing in the Hamilton area once again, at clubs and all-ages venues. They were then slated to head back into the studio to put the finishing touches on the new 12-song CD, which will be released in March - just in time for a gig during Canadian Music Week in Toronto.

The progression from working solo to creating with a band has en-hanced the process for Kelterborn, especially in the studio.

"It was awesome, better this time, knowing that I had found these guys," she said. "Everybody just kind of came together and became friends."

She said she felt more pressure on her freshman effort, Timing is Everything ...And I Lost My Watch, a seven-song collection on which she sings and plays guitar and piano.

"This time I can just focus on guitar and vocals, and the rest is taken care of."

Tomalty, who is also an instructor at Udrum in Waterdown, noted that Kelterborn's sound is influenced by contemporary female singer/songwriters - but with a twist.

"There is definitely more energy, and there's a punk influence in her stuff," he said.

Kelterborn's voice indeed imbue her music with a simple honesty. And, as she points out, its power comes as a surprise from such a diminutive and quiet demeanor.

"I'm having a lot of fun," she grinned. "It's a hobby that's turned into something I love. I get a high on stage; I like to get in people's faces.

"That's where I take a stand."