Kaya is an award winning singer/songwriter with her band Science of the Lamps, a passionate artist developer and senior lecturer in performance, vocals and songwriting/creative artistry at the Academy of Contemporary Music, an authorised Vocology in Practice singing teacher, mentor and teacher trainer through ViP and BAST (Be A Singing Teacher), an artistic director of Threshold Festival, and a general harmony fanatic and vocal geek with an interest in quirky instruments and new experiences.

Originally from Norway, Kaya has made England her home since 1999 and has become an established artist with a track record of performances from “Royal Variety Show”, to the “BBC Songwriting Showcase”, from “Liverpool Sound City” to BBC TV’s Last Choir Standing. As well as these prestigious performances, Kaya frequently tours the UK and abroad as a solo artist or with her award winning band 'Science of the Lamps'.

Kaya has supported numerous artists, including Brett Anderson (Suede), Noah and the Whale, The Wombats, Lamb, The Farm and Marina & The Diamonds. As well as working with Seal, Bon Jovi and Ringo Starr.

Kaya’s original songs have been played on MTV, National Radio in UK and Norway, and have been a part of three plays, two short films and a full feature film soundtrack for which she won a Silver Award for Best Original Sound Track at the International Independent Film Awards in LA.

From 2004-10 Kaya also coordinated and headed up the preliminary judging panel of the “Make it, Break it Awards”; a songwriting contest in collaboration with various partners such as Yamaha, EMI, HMV, British Music Experience, XFM Radio and the PRS.  The main judging panel included industry luminaries such as Chris Martin (Coldplay), Harvey Goldsmith, Steve Levine, Guy Moot (Head of A&R EMI), Melanie Armstrong (Rock & Pop Manager HMV), Mark Radcliffe (BBC) and Mike Walsh (Head of Music XFM).

Full career summary/CV


Science of the lamps


Like a fevered lab experiment, Vaudeville grunge pop outfit Science of the Lamps have become a beast of proportions, lighting up the crowds at festivals and gigs across the UK and abroad. Noted appearances include the Liverpool International Music Festival, Sound City, Great Escape, Threshold Festival, Standon Calling Festival, Disconnect Festival, John Grant’s North Atlantic Flux, and gigs in Norway, France, Germany and USA.

The Science of the Lamps are perfect for festivals encompassing all that is music, storytelling, art, creative flair, melancholy and silliness.

With catchy songs, lyrical gems, outstanding musicianship from the quirky band, and gorgeous close vocal harmonies from ‘The Usherettes’. 

Their soundtrack for ‘My Lonely Me’ lead to 4 nominations and a Silver Award for Best Original Soundtrack. Their reputation for flamboyant, quirky, upbeat and odd performances combined with magnificent musicianship has led to bookings at some of the best venues in the country.

Quite appropriately ‘Science of the Lamps’ was dreamt up by Norwegian Liverpool musician Kaya in an off the beaten track restaurant in the fairy tale darkness of the city of Prague in December 2010. Award winning for her songwriting, Kaya fronts the ensemble with charm, confidence and a four octave range filled with dynamic expression. Her inspiration comes from vaudeville, visual art, early Hollywood movie scores, Nordicana, wine, flamenco, trip-hop, music boxes, Paris and whiskey bars. 


"With music that proudly smacks their audience in the face, their theatrical flair and overwhelming passion for the music cannot be denied." - MusicMafiaUk


“It’s oId Pop in its nicest possible form, the song writing ticking all those imaginary boxes” - #SRCZ Blog


"They combine aspects of folk, dream pop and the blues together to create a sound that’s both hauntingly melodic yet a little dirty at the same time." - ManGoneBlog


The academy of contemporary music (ACM) - senior lecturer, vocal specialist and artist development.

Over the last 10 years Kaya has firmly established herself as a highly sought after vocal coach specialising in artist development, voice science, music direction, choir/vocal group work, songwriting support, performance coaching, peak performance and performance anxiety.


Kaya started working with ACM in September 2015, after hearing about the university in the finals of BBC1’s Last Choir Standing, when she was a long standing member of the award-winning choir and singing agency Sense of Sound. As well as teaching at ACM, Kaya has previously taught at LIPA (Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts) and The University of Chester.

ACM is a university that was founded 20 years ago on a single, fundamental principle: an absolute passion for delivering outstanding contemporary music education. ACM understands how the music industry works today and has created an immersive and comprehensive learning environment, which connects directly with the industry. 

Kaya is now working as Senior Lecturer, Vocal Specialist and Artist Development in addition to being the curriculum lead for the Creative Artist study-route. This provides its students with the knowledge, skills and experience necessary to discover and channel their inner-artist, covering a combination of songwriting, performance, production and business modules.


Vocology in Practice - instructor, board member, teacher trainer and mentor

Kaya was recently voted on to the board of Vocology in Practice™ and is authorized to teach the principles behind the VIP organisation, as a mentor and as a teacher trainer with the affiliate Be A Singing Teacher (BAST).

VIP is a global network of elite voice professionals, including singing teachers, vocal coaches, songwriters, producers, music industry professionals, speech and language practitioners, ENT’s and laryngologists. They exist as a community committed to continuous professional development, education and networking via in person training, one on one mentorship, research, educational events, seminars, webinars and articles. Their aim is to be at the forefront of vocal health, science and pedagogy in order to provide the best vocal training and 360 degree care for today’s contemporary vocalist.

See more at: http://vocologyinpractice.com/

Book mentor sessions for authorised instructors: https://vocologyinpractice.as.me/



BAST -  singing teacher trainer

BAST is primarily a comprehensive singing teacher training course that hosts live and online singing teacher events, and are most importantly a community of singing teachers.

Kaya is one of the industry recognised trainers who gives high quality singing teacher training in order to develop other singers singing teacher skills.

See more at: http://basttraining.com/




Choir Director/ Masterclasses in UK and Norway

As musical director, Kaya has worked with a vast array of bands, community choirs and professional groups, including collaborating with BAFTA winning composer Bill Connor for Liverpool Capital of Culture and performances at the Royal Philharmonic Hall and at various festivals.

While living in Liverpool, Kaya was a member of the award-winning choir “Sense of Sound” and regularly took part in A Cappella performances such as the “Joni Mitchell Tribute Show” as part of the Liverpool A Cappella festival.

After becoming a lecturer at ACM in 2015, Kaya was asked to be Music Director for the The ACM Electron choir. The quirky choir is made up of ACM students and alumni from across the courses. Although they were only formed in September 2015, they have been a part of several performances, raised money for charity and have been recording with artists and their own material. In 2016, they participated in BBC6 Music's Shaun Keaveny's Christmas Single featuring Rod Stewart.


Threshold festival Director 

Threshold Festival of Music & Arts was founded in 2011 by Kaya Herstad Carney and Chris Herstad Carney as an expression of passion for the grass-roots music and arts scene of their hometown. The festival has grown in stature every year, attracting more visitors, participants and team members with each edition. Threshold was started by artists for artists, and is dedicated to authenticity, integrity and entertainment at it’s very best.

The festival was previewed in The Guardian in 2014 and has been critically acclaimed in citywide and regional press. The event is a life force for emerging arts and regarded by many as an established platform for creative practitioners.

Using the once derelict and now booming warehouse venues of the Baltic Triangle, which has drawn comparisons to Berlin, Shoreditch and the Meatpacking District of New York, Threshold has grown up with a playground for those seeking the alternative, experimental and fresh.

As well as Threshold, Kaya has also worked on numerous other festivals, concerts and networking events including Sound City, Liverpool Music Week and Øyafestivalen.

See more at: http://www.thresholdfestival.co.uk