Please introduce yourself. What do you do? Why? What do you want people to know about you?
I’m a blues-rock cinematic singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, music producer, and music mixer from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. People call me a “quadruple threat” because I write, perform, produce, and mix all of my tracks myself. I want to inspire and support as many people as I can to go after their dreams as I go after my dreams with music!
I want to show people that it IS possible to achieve their dreams despite their background, circumstances, education, and what people have said to them, and want to inspire them to NOT give up!
What qualities make you different and unique from everyone else in the industry?
Only 2% of music producers in the music industry are women and very few female artists are doing the style of music I’m doing. I believe this makes me an incredibly unique artist. Oh, and I’m a redhead who dresses like Axl Rose and plays electric guitar. I believe my look, sound, and skill set all make me an incredibly unique artist.
Describe THAT moment when you realized you’re doing what you were born to do.
That’s a pretty wild story. About 4-5 years ago, I was writing and playing acoustic folk music. A friend of mine said to me, “Kayla, I don’t know if you have ever thought about doing this, but God showed me you’re going to play electric guitar and you’re going to write music in the rock genre.” When I was a teenager, my Aerosmith was my favorite band and I wanted to play electric guitar, but I never picked it up because I didn’t think I was capable of playing it.
Shortly after she told me that, someone randomly gave me an electric guitar for free. I sat on the floor with it, and instantly started playing and writing blues rock songs. I had never listened to, studied, or played blues before.
It was like I just knew how to play it all of a sudden. I played a lot of instruments and have written songs in a lot of different genres, but when I played electric guitar for the first time and played blues for the first time, it felt the most like “me” and it felt like the instrument and music I was born to play – but with a modern twist.
What’s been the biggest challenge you’ve had to go through and how did you grow through it?
My biggest challenge continues to work hard and stick with it when it feels like the odds are against me. I didn’t come from a musical background. I am the only person in my family that has chosen to pursue music as a career. I did not receive an education in music. I was not born or raised in a music city like Los Angeles or Nashville.
I also did not come from a wealthy family that has a lot of money to invest into my music career. I am almost entirely self-taught and have had to work incredibly hard for everything I have achieved so far. It has not been easy. There have been a lot of times where I have felt discouraged and defeated and have wanted to give up, but God constantly reminds me that this is all a part of my story – and it’s going to inspire and show a lot of people that if I can do it, they can do it too.
If you had to pick the TOP 3 people you’d want to meet that could take your career (or business) to the next level…who would those 3 people be?
I would love to meet Scooter Braun. He seems like an incredible manager in the music industry who genuinely cares about the artists he manages.
I would love to meet someone in Nashville who loves my sound and artistry and could really help take my career to the next level! My husband and I are moving there in two weeks to pursue music!
I would love to meet someone in sync licensing who loves my sound and artistry and could land placements for me! I am currently contracted with several companies, but have yet to land a placement! That is one of my biggest goals for 2022.
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