Everything You Need to Know About The Oh Chays
The Oh Chays, husband and wife Folk/Soul/Blues duo Kelly and Michael Authier (pronounced "OH chay") have played stages big and small across North America, wowing audiences with their spirited and versatile musicianship and their hilarious, often biting wit. For being such a new band, The Oh Chays have racked up an impressive list of accomplishments including competing in The 31st International Blues Challenge in Memphis Tennessee, being regional finalists in CBC’s Searchlight Song Competition, as well as reaching the finals of the Toronto Blues Society's 2014 Talent Search. The Oh Chays have shared the stage with luminaries such as Ken Whitely and James Keelaghan and even backed Jane Siberry for her headlining set at the 1st annual Kingsville Folk Festival! Kelly's vocals, which range from a country-gospel croon to a soulful growl and everywhere in between feature prominently on their debut album, Big Old World, while Michael's rock-solid support on percussion, vocals and guitar add extra dimensions of sonic tastiness to Kelly's considerable piano and organ chops!
Big Old World is an homage to The Oh Chays’ influences while remaining boldly unique in it’s own right. The songs combine folk sensibilities and simple arrangements with a stunning infusion of Motown, blues and classic country.
The Oh Chays are not to be missed live, and 9 out of 10 dentists agree that The Oh Chays turn bad times into good times.
" The pride of Port Alma, Ontario, Kelly and Mike Authier are too talented to characterize by musical style. Sure, you hear the blues. But there is folk, jazz, 70’s rock, 50’s rockabilly, 40’s crooning, 30’s swing…all blended through a compelling stage show and musical chops that are second to none. Add great writing to the mix and you have an act that’s definitely worth watching. And…oh yeah…Kelly sings like the haunted love child of Aretha Franklin and Roger Daltrey."
“There’s something magical about a happily married couple making music together. Kelly’s voice effortlessly weaves through bluesy originals and tears up timeless classics. Mike’s backup on guitar, percussion, and vocals is tasteful and understated. Their songs cover everything from country blues, rock, folk, pop and ballads: a tasty palate of musical delights that go down like a smooth glass of wine.”
- John and Michele Law (The Laws)
“Kelly’s powerful vocal comes right at you, soulin’ ‘n’ churchin’ and rockin’ it’s way into your bloodstream. Her formidable keyboard talent is supported ever-so-sympathetically and expertly by Mike’s diverse skills.
- Kelly Hoppe (Big Sugar, Mr. Chill and the Witnesses)