Behind the Song
Kay Soul is a recording artist, songwriter, and aspiring plus model based in Chicago. Kay began singing and writing songs in elementary school and recorded her first solo song at the age of 19. Kay Soul is a 2020 W.A.M (We are the Music Makers) Winner for Best R&B album for “Hiding In Plain Sight” and nominee for the HerSong Blog artist of the year award for her May 2020 release, “Blood In My Veins”.
In October 2020, Kay released her new album “In My Mind” distributed by The Orchard, a subsidiary of Sony Music. Wrapped in a theme of broken and beautiful, Kay shared the broken pieces of herself with the intent of inspiring listeners to find the beauty in their broken spaces. To date, “In My Mind” has been Kay’s most successful project garnering over 15k streams within the first 3 months, resonating with her audience, and critically acclaimed by several notable music blogs and podcasts. Society of Sound included Kay Soul as part of their 2021 rollout of meaningful artists to watch, calling Kay “a ray of sunshine, showing people that there is still beauty to found, even when we’re feeling down.” (SOS Music Media, January 2021). In reference to the song “Silly Love”, A&R Factory, a top ten music blog in the UK, highlighted Kay’s cultural relevance stating, “while plenty of people had fun discussing whether WAP was a feminist track, artists such as Kay Soul was cooking up the most empowering track that I’ve heard this year.” (A&R Factory, November 2020.) Indie Spoonful stated that “Kay Soul is a serious contender, and an artist to watch, in today’s R & B music scene.”
For fans who have never heard your music, can you pick three words to describe it?! If three words just aren't enough then tell us more!!
My music is meaningful, soulful, and vibrant.
What is your favorite part about being an artist? Is it songwriting, performing, recording, something else?) Tell us why.
I love every part of being an artist. I'm in love with the entire process from writing lyrics, to composing the track, creating the melodies, and perfecting the harmonies. It's all very therapeutic. Each step is important and vital to the final product.
Can you tell us what being in the recording studio is like for you?
I take my recording sessions very seriously. I like to go in with a clear plan of attack for a song and then try ideas that I've narrowed down. I usually run through the entire song 2 to 3 times without stopping just to warm up and get in the right pocket. Then I break the song down piece by piece by laying the hook and backgrounds first.
Okay, this a fun question. When you are not doing music, what else do you enjoy doing?
I love fashion and I am also a plus model. I'm a mom to a beautiful 12 year old daughter. We spend a lot of time together shopping and traveling. I enjoy movies, reading books, cooking, and spending time with my close friends and family.
Who do you admire most in the music scene today and why?
I admire a lot of artists but I would have to say some of the greats like Patti LaBelle and Stevie Wonder. They have had long lasting careers based on pure talent and respect.
Can you tell us what song you've written that is the most emotional and describe the meaning behind it?
I believe all my songs are emotional for different reasons. My new single, Strong Connection, is emotional because at the time I wrote it, I was coming from a place of desiring a certain type of love that I didn't feel I had experienced. The song is about a love that's deeper than physical but creates an unbreakable soul tie.
Are you working on any new material right now or what's in the works for the upcoming year?
Strong Connections is the first single off my forthcoming concept EP entitled "Connections". I will be releasing five new stories that examine the connections we have with ourselves and others and how those connections directly relate to the emotions examined on my album "In My Mind". I also have some major performance dates that I will be announcing very soon.
Tell us where fans can access your music.
Stream on Spotify
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