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KYLIE HUGHES OPENS UP ABOUT BEING AN INDEPENDENT GIRL ARTIST!



Meet Kylie Hughes, a singer-songwriter from Los Angeles whose 2014 EP  introduced her to the music world with a sound she coined Cali-popicana. Since then Kylie has been writing a lot, going in a different creative direction. She describes her music as a blend of many genres including country, pop and rock.

Kylie credits Michelle Branch as the reason she got into music. "She was my end all be all. She made me want to start writing music." Current influences include Elle King (she loves how country music has embraced her giving her crossover appeal), Kacey Musgraves, Adele, Shaky Gray, and of course, Top 40 Radio.

Miss Hughes is excited to be releasing her first full length album come early spring. The album will have 3-4 distinct sounds (pop/country/Americana). When asked about her sound, she mentions Taylor Swift and Kacey Musgraves. All of the songs have been recorded and are in the process of being remixed. Kylie can't wait to get it out there for everyone to hear.

In the past year she has released three singles, and believes her audience is in tune with the direction she is headed musically. Upon further description of the album she says it's very much autobiographical. 

"You can tell the difference when your performing if you believe in what your singing." Hughes says. Her life has been a rollercoaster the past two years, lending to a darker and more moody album. "This album is giving myself permission to be personal. Sometimes being personal can be scary." Kylie relays but for an artist  the vulnerability is worth it.

Her favorite song, and by far the most personal is titled "Always On Your Side". It's about doing something you know  is bad for you, but beyond logic you do it anyways. Kylie shares that while she is often content to go with the flow she isn't a pushover. However, the past few years she felt very out of control of her life and there were times she fell into that position, where nothing else mattered. "Sometimes your problems are so big it makes your world so small."

Kylie is a firm believer in girl power, and enjoys giving girls a strong voice with her lyrics. Nelly Furtado's song "Maneater." comes to mind as a favorite. "There's a part of me that thinks that would be a really fun person to be. I definitely have a sassier attitude. It's fun to be sassy and not care what other people think." Kylie comments.

When asked about her proudest moment Kylie shares a personal but important one. As anyone in the music industry can tell you, it can be very tough, especially just starting out. Kylie is proud of following her dreams and not giving up. "It's hard to be your own cheerleader because people don't really know who you are. I'm independent, doing it all by myself."

She's also proud of the upcoming album because it's a representation of who she is.  She credits seeking out the right people to help create her vision. "Being able to walk into this mostly guys world and sit down with writers and producers I was proud of myself for speaking up." Kylie shares. During the EP she wasn't as involved in production as she'd of liked, too afraid to speak up.  "As a girl you want everyone to like you. You don't want to come off as a know it all or entitled or annoying." she confides. Instead of regretting mistakes made on the first EP, she calls it a learning curve.

As much as Kylie wants to incorporate and try many different styles of music, she  was warned not to do everything at once. "Let the album be what it's supposed to be, don't make it into everything." While most of it was recorded in LA, she says Nashville was a big inspiration. She wrote some of the album there including "Always On Your Side." For Kylie it was so much fun finding her sound, and she's excited to share it with the world!

Be on the lookout for more of this upcoming artist!


 

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