Kalyn Fay’s songwriting is defined by the intersection of her Indigenous (enrolled Cherokee Nation, Muscogee) understanding and coming from rural Oklahoma. The musicality of her songs are directly influenced by landscape, primarily the terrain of Oklahoma, from the rise and fall of the prairie horizon line to the ebb and flow of spring creek beds. Heartfelt explorations, vulnerable questioning, and the hope of a shared moment, Fay uses her songs as a tool for self-location, a map to understand the intersections between people, experiences, and land.
Kalyn Fay has worked with Peabody Essex Museum, Philbrook Museum of Art, Gilcrease Museum, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Eiteljorg Museum, The Momentary, The John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, along with many others, and performed, exhibited, and facilitated workshops both nationally and internationally. Fay has performed at nationally and internationally acclaimed festivals, such as SXSW, Kerrville Folk Festival, Woody Guthrie Folk Festival, Folk Alliance International, International Indigenous Music Festival, and FreshGrass Festival. She has released two full-length albums, Bible Belt (2016) and Good Company (2019), with a third record slated for 2022.