It’s been an exciting year for Nova Scotia-based singer-songwriter Mo Kenney. Her self-titled debut album came out last fall and quickly wooed new fans and wowed critics with her unique voice and original brand of quirky folk-pop.

“I started taking guitar lessons at 11 and as soon as I had my own guitar, I knew I wanted to pursue a career in music,” says Kenney. “Although at that point I pictured myself playing guitar in somebody’s band.”

It didn’t end up that way, as 2012 saw Kenney hitting the road to open shows for friend and fellow Halifax rocker Joel Plaskett (who also played on and co-produced her album). The pair played your dates and festivals throughout Canada, and she even flew to Iceland to play the renowned Iceland Airwaves Festival.

Not one to be slowed down, in March Kenney she toured again, this time opening for Canadian folk-pop icon Ron Sexsmith. This spring she’ll be recording a new album, and debuting her live show in the U.K.