A singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist known for cinematic genre-bending and controversial boundary-pushing, Calista studied classical/jazz piano and composition at London’s Royal Academy of Music, and has since been performing and winning fans across the world with her dynamic voice and captivating songs.
She founded charity-based arts collective Voice of Aiko in 2018 and is currently penning music-theatre with playwright Stephanie Martin. Having composed several international floor-fillers under pseudonyms, Calista’s impact in the world of music is matched in that of fashion, where Stella McCartney has used her tracks as catwalk openers and Parisian fashion house Jitrois actually named its couture ‘Callista’ jacket after her.
Following the success of the critically acclaimed ‘Project: Love Me’ EP, Calista is now sharing tracks from her highly anticipated debut solo album, ‘Empress’, out this autumn. Continuing to modify the norms of modern songwriting, this stunning concept album considers the stories of women in history, challenging complex themes while never losing its sense of fun. Accompanying each release will be awareness-raising charity campaigns addressing themes which include LGBTQ+ rights, FGM, prescription-drug dependency and domestic abuse.
‘Come to Mama’ launches the ‘Empress’ campaign on 7th June 2019. Prepare to be hypnotised!
Out on 13 September, Empress is fan funded and supported by Help Musicians UK’s Do it Differently Fund. Pre-order your copy exclusively at: www.calistakazuko.com
“An undoubted talent.” Sir George Martin
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