Kalan Porter Biography
Last updated: 01/18/2008 11:00:00 AM
3079.5 km from home
62.6 million viewers
10,000 autographs signed
80,000 singles sold
100,000 albums shipped
"Kalan is one of the nicest and most talented young musicians I've had the pleasure to work with. He is talented beyond his years. I had a great time working with him and can't wait to do it again" ~ Randy Bachman
There’s a picture in the living room of the Porters’ ranch near Medicine Hat, Alberta of The Great One holding the destined one. It’s the winter of 1985, the Porters are waiting for a flight in the Edmonton airport. Wayne Gretzky, newly crowned King of the world (as far as anyone north of the 49th parallel is concerned) comes over and asks to hold their newborn baby. Ask any Canadian – that would be a hard moment to beat for most memorable.
The Great One holding
the Destined One
Much like the Great One, there was something that caught the tribunal’s eye and soon after the heart of the public’s collective consciousness. The ease with which he performed on stage in front of millions and his strength of conviction was undeniable. Pegged from the beginning as the one to watch, Kalan Porter used his natural talent, years of trained skill, hard work and charm to out maneuver everyone else and skate straight to the top.
Previous to this year’s whirlwind of activity, Kalan was at home in Medicine Hat, working towards answering that age old conundrum that haunts all 19 year olds –
“After a year of college, do I need to take a year off and think about what I’m doing with the rest of my life? I knew it had to be something music related”, Kalan remembers. “I’d always been around music, either with my family, classical violin lessons or playing around Medicine Hat in a duo, it was always there. It had to be a part of my life.”
Kalan’s always had a natural penchant for expressing himself through music. He is classically trained on violin and viola at the Royal Conservatory of Music by world renowned violinist and mentor Michael van der Sloot. He’s also picked up the guitar and piano along the way. Shy and slightly introverted, Kalan’s aged-in oak crooner voice, tempered with a unique edge, together with his musical charisma takes him far beyond his years.
Kalan's rise from obscurity
219 Days is a snapshot of Kalan’s rise from obscurity to his place amongst most mentioned in the news this year. It signifies the beginning of his journey as contestant #7039 to the release of his debut album on ViK/BMG Canada. Having co-written several tracks on the album, his debut showcases the different sides of Kalan Porter, leaving the listener eager to hear his next offering. Enlisting the help of fantastic studio production duo, Perry Alexander (Keshia Chanté, Shawn Desman), creative forces Rob Wells (Amanda Stott, Karen David) and Marc Jordan (Rod Stewart) as well as legendary rock hero Randy Bachman, the songs illustrate the breadth of Kalan’s talent.
“Kalan is a creative force in the studio, he’s musically mature and full of unique ideas. It’s easy to work with an artist with such a clear vision of who they are and what they want to sound like” – Perry Alexander
Showcasing the different sides
of Kalan Porter
From the opening notes of “Intro” that beckons the listener with an edgy instrumental that begins in the classics and frantically climaxes in 44 seconds, to the drum driving rock tune “She’s So Dangerous” that conjures up the darker side of the violin, to the summer day breezy “I Don’t Wanna Miss You” to the trippy hook laden second single “Single”, you can forget what your misguided head thinks this album contains. “In Spite of It All” is a pure Bachman inspired, guitar driven rock song written with Canadian songstress Simon Wilcox (Projet Orange, Three Days Grace). Kalan’s versatility is illuminated with the roots rock foundation of “Lucky Day”, the hopeful message of “After All”, and the triumphant journey laid out in “How Many Roads”. “My Sweet One” (penned by John Ondrasik of Five For Fighting) closes the album with a beautifully simplistic decrescendo.
"Kalan's skills, personality and professionalism made for an enjoyable experience in making this record. He truly blew me away with his vocal and musical abilities, and gave 500% to every song” ~ Rob Wells
With his first single, “Awake In A Dream”, already surpassing eight times platinum in Canada, a website with thousands of visits a day, a host of television shows and charity events already under his belt, Medicine Hat, Alberta’s letting us in on a little secret - Kalan Porter’s a genuine break out artist.
219 Days never sounded so good.