Guitarist/songwriter Kyleen Downes has chosen music as her way to interact with the world. Her songs are sonically approachable and remind you of scanning the radio dial in search of a companion on a long road trip.

Her high energy stage performance and infectious optimism transcend the stage leaving everyone a little happier after a show. She utilizes both her acoustic and electric guitars along with a looper pedal to layer imaginative guitar techniques and create an upbeat tapestry of sound. 

Raised in a constantly moving military family, Kyleen now calls Dayton, Ohio her home. It was the camaraderie of the Dayton music scene that inspired her to start performing in 2009. She has since opened for nationally touring songwriters, Glen Phillips and Chris Smither, receives regular airplay on WYSO Public Radio and has performed with her band at the Levitt Pavilion Dayton.

She released her first collection of songs entitled 'Maybe Sometimes' in 2016 and followed up with the EP ‘FRIENDS’ in 2018. She released her first full length album ‘Come On Sit Down’ in June 2020. Her latest single releases are Tell Me What I Want to Hear and the remix (2022) and Left on the Pavement (2024).

Off stage Kyleen, who earned a Bachelor’s degree in Music from Wright State University, fulfills her childhood dream of being a teacher by teaching private guitar lessons in the Miami Valley.

photo Beverly Richmond



'Tiny Little Table' Video premiere with Ghettoblaster Magazine - Read HERE 

'Amplified: Kyleen Downes' with Mike Bankhead - Read HERE


91.3 WYSO with Juliet Fromholt on Kaleidoscope  - Listen HERE


Yellow Springs News with Gary McBride - Read HERE 

photo Gary Mitchell