An Interview With Kay Soul
If there is a voice you recognize when you hear it, it's the voice of Kay Soul.
Her latest single "Strong Connection" is a testament to just how much passion she puts into her performances and her songwriting.
The single boasts such a strong showcase of gorgeous tonality and vibrant style it's almost intimidating.
Kay Soul has that classic soul aesthetic and what you hear in the music is what flows through her veins.
The song comes from a real place and completely oozes heart.
The track gives that 90's R&B feel and her vocals always have this wonderful swagger and freshness to them that are incredibly alluring and infectious from start to finish.
We're no stranger to Kay Soul and her releases and have had the chance to review some of her previous work.
This is an artist to keep a strong look out for. Anyone who loves any form of soul, R&B, or classic pop will get enraptured by this woman's music.
"Strong Connections" is an R&B banger and it's on a level all it's own.
With such a beautiful release, we wanted to have a chat with the artist to find out where this all comes from and even where it's headed.
Here's what happened.
TSWS: Let's start things off with "Strong Connection". This track feels pretty personal and has your staple soul all over it! Where did this song come from?
I wanted to show fans a more intimate side of me. I wrote this song from a place of desire about the type of love I've always wanted but don't believe I've ever had. With everything going on in the world, I felt it was important to be reminded about the power of true love.
TSWS: I'm hearing some vibrant R&B and soul styles on this track. Who are some of your biggest actual musical influences?
I listen to a lot of different music from the classics of Michael Jackson and Stevie Wonder to cultural icons like Mary J. Blige and Lauryn Hill. I'm influenced not just by their musical styles but by their stories and the impact of their musical legacy.
TSWS: How did all of this start for you?
I have always been singing and writing songs since I was a kid. Music has been an outlet for me my entire life. I've known for a long time that the purpose in my music was far greater than just myself but about healing others through my message.
TSWS: How do you write your songs? Is it lyrics first? Do you work on your own production?
Songs come to me in many different forms. Sometimes it will be words. Sometimes it's just the melody. I work with my main producer sending voice notes and reference songs. I usually record demo vocals at home and make sure I'm clear on melody and arrangement before I schedule a big recording session. I like to be as prepared as possible each time.
TSWS: What are you doing when you're NOT working on music?
I have some favorite television shows like Snow Fall and Sinner that I keep up with. I spend time with my daughter. I like my quiet time to journal and reflect. I also love to shop, eeat at nice restaurants and hang out with my best friends.
TSWS: Who are you listening to right now?
I'm listening to everything from Dan+Shay to Brandy,Teyana Taylor and Kevin Gates. I like to keep my ear on what's new and current in the industry.
TSWS: What do you think is next for you as an artist?
I recently signed with One Nation Under God Records and will be doing a promotional tour this summer. The first performance is in Atlanta Georgia on June 25th. I'll be releasing my concept EP entitled "Connections" later this fall.
TSWS: With things getting better out there, will you be putting any focus on live performance?
Yes! I have missed the stage. I'll be doing a promotional tour this summer in support of my current single "Strong Connection" and my album "In My Mind".
TSWS: You've been releasing music on Spotify since 2015! What kind of advice would you have for other up and coming artists out there?
Don't lose sight of your purpose. It's easy to get caught up in all the hype of streaming numbers and social media popularity. However, you have to be in love with the process of making music. Always focusing on your craft and realizing that your musical ability is a gift that should be cherished and used to bless others.
TSWS: Before we go, what would you like to say to fans of the music?
I'm just extremely grateful for all the love and support my music has received. My songs are stories of my life experience and world observations. Everything I do is from the heart and I am honored that others have allowed my artistry to help them in their own matters of the heart. I look forward to continuing to grow on this journey and bring quality music.