Extended History

2016

Brief History

Vocalist Carleigh Aikins has appeared on numerous reknown stages singing for audiences all over North America nad Europe. She's graced everywhere from Royal Albert Hall to the Ryman Auditorium to Red Rocks Amphitheatre to Massey Hall- and countless stages in between them.

The newest member of Denver Colorado's Paper Bird, Aikins has toured with the band across North America; in support of Nathaniel Ratefliff & The Night Sweats' sold out North American Tour, with The Infamous Stringdusters ft. Nicki Bluhm on their Ladies and Gentlemen Tour, co-headlining with The Ballroom Thieves on the west coast along with countless appearances as headliners across the continent. In the short time since she joined the Paper Bird fold, the've recorded in Nashville, TN with John Oates after he sought them out to produce their new material. Oates has since joined in with the band for live performances, and invited them to support Darryl Hall & John Oates at the prestigious Red Rocks Amphitheater. Their collaboration was released September 9 2016 with Thirty Tigers.The band has shared the stage with Iron & Wine and Andy Shauff at Mountain Stage, with Jose Gonzales at Denver Botanic Gardens, headlined the opening night of Mumford & Sons' Gentleman of the Road Salida Stop Over and collaborated with the Colorado Symphony for a one-night-only engagement at Chuatuaqua.

Carleigh has performed intimate live shows with Josiah Johnson; and fans of his band The Head and the Heart have heard her sing alongside him at many of their sold-out performances in some of America's largest concert venues.

Aikins is also a hard-working supporting vocalist. She has appeared live singing with Jack Johnson and is featured on his live EP From Here To Now To You, 2014. She did a stint of west coast shows singing back-ups for Macy Gray and Galactic. Aikins has toured live with Canadian artist Royal Wood. She appears as a featured vocalist with Toronto's Dwayne Gretzky . She sang live as part of the live bands for Hannah Georgas and The Weather Station making appearances such as Live support in Philedelphia for The War On Drugs , at CBC Radio q, The Strombo Sessions and Winnipeg Folk Festival. Aikins has made live appearances singing with City and Colour, Lucius, Ken Stringfellow ( REM, Big Star, The Posies) , Calexico, Shakey Graves, Yukon Blonde,The Weakerthans and Gold Lake to name a very few.

For years she toured as a vocalist in Bahamas as they performed on countless NA and EU festivals and stages shared with legends such as Robert Plant, Neil Young and Willie Nelson. The band made appearances on The Colbert Report and Late Night with Conan O'Brien. Aikins appears on the Bahamas recordings, including the 2015 JUNO Award Winning ( and Polaris Prize Nominated ) album Bahamas Is Afie, as well as the critically acclaimed and JUNO Award nominated Barchords, and the Bahamas iTunes EP.

Carleigh has worked in-studio on recordings with producers Don Kerr ( of The Rheostatics, Ron Sexmith), Michael Timmins (of Cowboy Junkies, Howie Beck and Jason Collett ( of Broken Social Scene) , Dean Drouillard ( of Royal Wood), Ryan Lenssen (of The Most Serene Republic) Brandon Wolfe Scott (of Yukon Blonde), Aaron Goldstein ( of Huron, City and Colour, Daniel Romano and the Trilliums)  John Dinsmore (Kathleen Edwards, Sarah Harmer, N.Q Arbuckle) and Jay McCarroll (Hayden, Jason Collett, Singapore). Her most recent appearances on releases for artists include Bahamas ( Bahamas Is Afie, Barchords) Jack Johnson ( From Here To Now To You Live EP) The Weather Station ( What Am I Going To Do With Everything I Know), Royal Wood ( Ghost Light, I Wish You Well), Inner Oceans ( I Don't Mind), Jerry Leger ( Early Riser) , Torero, and Carleton Stone ( Draws Blood) amoung others.

For several years she fronted the Barrie, ON indie outfit Fox Jaws sharing the bill with acts such as Grizzly Bear and Fleet Foxes. This led her to performing and writing with Brett Caswell as a member of his band The Marquee Rose.