Singer-Songwriter Calista Kazuko Releases ‘Colouring the Lines’ Single as an Ode to Growing Family

Written between two musicals and two babies, London-based singer-songwriter Calista Kazuko strips back to her classical roots with an emotional new single.


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London-based singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Calista Kazuko has today released her emotional latest single, ‘Colouring the Lines,’ which is an ode to her growing family.

‘Colouring the Lines’ sees Calista going back to and embracing her classically trained roots. The song, stripped back to acoustic vocals and piano, exudes vulnerability, without lacking finesse and substantial power. The song is heartfelt and honest, a love-letter to life and all its messiness and beauty. It encapsulates the excitement and unknown of the future, mixed with the lasting bitter-sweet memories of the past. A cinematic reminder to enjoy the present, to slow down and embrace the ‘now’. There’s also a faint and nostalgic familiarity to the track, no doubt the result of thousands of years of classic familial love songs.

The song was recorded at the historic Temple Music Studio with Head Engineer, frequent collaborator and co-producer, Ru Lemer. It also features fellow Royal Academy alumni Ana Victoria Marinkova on cello. The acoustic nature of the track accentuates Calista’s sophisticated and powerful vocals, whilst Marinkova’s cello accompaniment harmoniously dances with the piano. The restrained and stripped-back nature of this track only accentuates the song’s powerful message. It is no wonder that Calista has previously been compared to the likes of Regina Spektor and Tori Amos.

‘Colouring the Lines’ was written and recorded between the births of Calista’s two children with her second daughter due imminently. Yet it is not only an ode to her expanding family, but also an homage to Calista’s late Father, the esteemed violinist Paul Robertson, leader of the Medici String Quartet, who passed away in 2016. In this respect, the embracing of Calista’s classical roots is two-fold: a nod to her classical training, but also her family, who are inextricably linked with classical music.

Sharing her experience of writing the song, Calista Kazuko says: "This song is a love letter to my growing family, a thank you for everything! 'Colouring the Lines' is my attempt to capture the whirlwind and magic of parenthood, the constant contradictions and unknowns, the frustrations whilst wanting to live in every moment."

The single has also been released between the writing of two musicals. Her critically acclaimed debut musical, Fury and Elysium, made in collaboration with playwright Stephanie Martin, premiered at The Other Palace in June 2023. Fury and Elysium was hailed as one of ‘the best UK theatre [shows] to see in June 2023’ by Attitude Magazine. Additionally, West End Best Friend’s four-star review noted that Fury and Elysium is a “bold, revolutionary, and fearless piece of theatre.” Calista’s next show, written with Kate Marlais, is in development and due to hit the stage in Autumn 2024.

It is also Calista’s first solo single since the critically acclaimed ‘So Much Love’, an oxytocin-fuelled love-song, which received praise from LOCK Magazine, EARMILK, Music Crowns, Skopemag and more.

The album’s artwork was created by Enya Belak.

‘Colouring the Lines’ is available to stream now.


Calista Kazuko is 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 for and winning fans across the world with her dynamic voice and captivating songs.

With shows from Wembley Arena to Live from Maida Vale for the BBC, Calista’s music has opened Stella McCartney runway shows and graced programmes on Channel 4, E4 and ITV. She’s enjoyed top 5 chart success and major radio station play-listing (BBC, Capital). Recent releases have seen featured on popular playlists such as Spotify's 'New Music Friday'.

A passionate advocate for using her art as a platform for change, Calista founded charity-based arts collective Voice of Aiko and heads the ongoing ‘Uchi’ project in collaboration with Migrant Help. She led music making project ‘Notes from the Frontline’, creating an album of songs with NHS staff in response to the pandemic.

Her stunning concept album ‘Empress’ continued to modify the norms of modern songwriting, working alongside some of the UK’s leading charities to challenge complex themes while never losing its sense of fun.

Whilst dedicating time to becoming a mother, Calista wrote her debut piece of music-theatre alongside playwright Stephanie Martin. ‘Fury and Elysium’ premiered at The Other Palace in June 2023. She is now writing a brand-new show in collaboration with Kate Marlais, which is in development and due to hit the stage in Autumn 2024.

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February 20, 2024 3:49pm ET by Eskenzi PR  

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