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We found the best voice of the year! Exclusive interview with Kayrae

It’s Friday! That means its time to dive into new music and load up those playlists with some new sounds. The artist we have on the blog today did not release new music today, but she did release a song just one week ago with RGT and Rittz, it’s no other than Kayrae! She’s made a huge impact in the EDM scene and has been captivating people with her angelic voice for quite some time now. Once we heard her vocal delivery on her latest single “Here to Stay” we just had to reach out and have her on the blog for an exclusive artist interview. So without further ado, let’s get to it!


Where are you from and what is your musical background?

I’m originally from Northern California in a small rural town outside of Sacramento. I grew up singing in choirs in the church and started taking private classical vocal lessons around the age of 10. I would listen to country western and movie soundtracks as well as various folk singers that my father showed to me. I performed with a touring musical theater company for 8 years and have my B.A. in opera. In college, I was also part of the women’s chorus, chorale, and acapella group. After graduation, I started professionally songwriting and landed in the EDM world after demoing a few songs for a friend. Once I got a couple of big placements, I just stuck with it ever since.


Who are your biggest artistic influences?

I remember when my dad gave me my first Celine Dion CD. I used to memorize every

single one that I could get my hands on. I would sing her songs over and over until I could kind of sound like her, which taught me how to express emotion in my voice. She is so incredibly talented and expressive. Without that early childhood inspiration, I truly don’t think I would have turned into the emotional performer and writer that I am today. She is the reason I wanted to learn to sing professionally and will forever be the biggest musical influence for me.


Where do you find inspiration?

I usually find inspiration within my own life experiences or by hearing stories from others that I talk to. Sometimes, nature and movies also give me creative inspiration. Over the last few years, a lot of rap and hip hop has helped me become a better lyrical writer.


Describe how music is important to society.

I think that music has the ability to heal. It is also one amazing form of self-expression

when just words aren’t enough or too difficult to say. It helps release emotions and thoughts that might otherwise become trapped inside the mind. It is the one of most universal languages that binds humanity, because even if you can’t understand the words, the emotion is still there.


How do you define success as an artist?

I’ve honestly struggled for a long time figuring out what success means to me. But I think as I’ve gotten older, artistic success is being able to put out music I love and care about that helps others in the process.


Does art help you in other areas of your life?

I am an incredibly emotionally deep individual. Art helps me express myself when those

emotions become too intense to hold inside. It’s completely cathartic.


You just released a song with RGT and Rittz, how did that song come to life?

Well, RGT just messaged me through a website called SoundBetter and I liked the song

so we decided to work together. The song was already written, and I just gave it my artistic touch.


Do you have a network of other artists, and how do they support you?

I’ve had the privilege of meeting so many amazing artists over the years. We all support

each other’s music on social media and connect each other to our network if needed.


What have critics and collectors said about your work?

I’d say the majority of feedback about my work is that I put my all into everything. From

the realness of the lyrics, the memorable melodies I write, to the detailed and meticulous vocal engineering I do myself. Everything is 110%.



What is it about music that makes you feel passionate?

I have always had a hard time relating to people in my day-to-day life. Music’s ability to

move the hearts of the listeners makes me feel very passionate. Just knowing that someone else out there can relate to what I’m saying through my words gives me hope that what I’m doing is bigger than just me.


Describe your favorite and least favorite part about being a musician.

I’d say the least favorite thing about being a hired musician, next to never being paid

enough, is the constant theme of being asked to “write a hit”. It’s almost as if I’m seen as an art robot and that doesn’t make what I do enjoyable sometimes. Also, having to constantly post on social media is kind of a bummer for a recluse like me. But it’s part of the business and I have to remind myself of that all the time.


What's the best piece of advice another musician ever gave you?

The best advice I’ve gotten is from the incomparable Diane Warren. I was at a Taxi

Music Conference years ago and she was the guest speaker. She said even on days where you feel artistically blocked, just write one thing for that day. Whether it’s a concept, a word, a melody, just do one thing anyway. It will help possibly spark more inspiration where you didn’t think it existed. Also, I can’t remember who said this, but another piece of advice I’ve gotten is to always create what you love even if others don’t understand, stick to your own journey and don’t compare yourself to others. Everything happens when it’s supposed to.


What's your process for dealing with performance anxiety?

Honestly, I haven’t performed in so long, I don’t even know anymore. I used to just take a

shot of alcohol to calm my nerves but who knows now.


How would you handle traveling and being away from your home for an extended time

period while you were on tour?

I haven’t really toured on my own as a solo artist so I can’t say for sure how I would

handle that.


What is the weirdest or funniest question you’ve ever been asked in an interview?

I don’t think I’ve had any weird or funny questions… I’ve only had a few over the years

and from what I remember the questions were usually pretty typical of a song release.


What do you feel is the best song you’ve ever released and why?

I would say either my song “Sideways” with Jack Trades or “Enough” with KDrew are my

top 2. “Sideways” was a song I wrote while dealing with immense heartbreak and “Enough” is about my internal battle of never feeling like I am good enough. They both were very therapeutic for me and are still songs I would listen to all the time.




Which musician would you like to collaborate with next?

If I could have a song with Celine Dion, I’m pretty sure my life would be made. If not her,

Pharell would be someone I would love to work with. I mean, there’s so many artists I would die to work with, but we will see where my path leads.






If you could have your fans remember one thing about you, what would it be?

I would say my honesty and realness are what I’d like anyone to remember about me. I

try to live my life as authentically as I can, and I hope my music reflects that properly.


Do you think you could get any better as a musician? And if so, how would you achieve

that?

I can totally get better as a musician. We are always learning and growing in life. I think

by just being open to other genres and studying artists past and present I will continue to evolve and change as I absorb.


If you had one message to give your fans, what would it be?

Don’t give up on yourself or your dreams. Say what you need to. Even if you think it’s not

possible, it definitely won’t be if you stay within that mindset. Everything is part of a process and takes time. Your dreams are worth the fight.





What a beautiful message for your fans, Kayrae! And believe me, we will be listening when you finally get that song with Celine Dion. We will be listening to all your future projects, and we hope to see you back on the blog in the future! Thank you very much for taking the time to be on 24 Carat Sounds, and we wish you the best of luck in all your future musical endeavors.