Today we’d like to introduce you to Kayla Rose.
Kayla, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
Ever since I was a child, I have seen the impact that a song can have in someone’s life. Music appeals to emotion and is a powerful medium for change. I fell in love with music at a very early age. I was born and raised in DC, a city where music is palpable. It is deeply embedded in our culture. Many people know of DC as just the nation’s capital but they are unaware of the great musical significance this place holds. Artists such as Chuck Brown helped to birth DC’s own style of music called GoGo which is heavily infused with intricate rhythms and drum beats. Today in DC music still hugely influences daily life and is constantly being created and shared by natives of the city.
Growing up in such an artistic place music was always attractive to me. I auditioned for and was accepted into Duke Ellington School of the Arts my sophomore year of high school. This is when I began to fall in love with songwriting. Songwriting has become one of my greatest passions. To be able to leave parts of myself in a song is one of the most beautiful things I will ever do. It brings me so much joy knowing that my songs hold the potential to make an impact on someone else’s life. If one person can relate to or is inspired by my songs, then that is more than rewarding enough within itself. I believe that in order to become the best artist I can be I cannot compromise my passion for songwriting in order to perform or vice versa. For me being the best artist I can be means being diverse. I am now located in “Boston where I attended Berklee College of Music. I am a junior at the college, and since my time here I have begun writing, performing and recording my own songs. I have performed in venues in and around Boston with my band “The Garden.” These venues include “The Middle East”, “Out of the Blue Gallery”, “Obrien’s Pub” and more. My debut EP “Reflection” is out now and is available on spotify, apple music, and kaylarosemusic.com.
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
I consider myself an alternative R&B artist. My unique sound fuses R&B melodies with dc gogo inspired beats. I focus on making music geared towards uplifting and inspiring my listeners. When people listen to my music, I hope that the messages and emotions in my songs resonate with them and that listeners are left feeling comforted, confident and a little more whole.
The sterotype of a starving artist scares away many potentially talented artists from pursuing art – any advice or thoughts about how to deal with the financial concerns an aspiring artist might be concerned about?
As an artist who faces many financial challenges, my best advice would be to always invest in yourself and your passion. Being your own artist is like starting your own small business. You are not afraid to invest time and some money into yourself and your craft. When struggling for money I say try and think outside the box. Host fundraisers, apply for scholarships and grants, collaborate with other artists for free when you can and try to create your own merch to generate income. I would also say try to budget out the money you are making to make sure your income is greater than what you are spending. Lastly ask for help when you need it! You are not alone so don’t be afraid to reach out to others for help when you really need it. Maybe ask friends to help work your merch table or invite everyone you know to buy tickets to your show. These are great ways of asking for help without just asking for money.
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
You can find my music on
My Website: kaylarosemusic.com
Apple Music, Spotify and Soundcloud: Kayla Rose, Reflection EP
Stay Tuned for my upcoming single “Blur” dropping this summer
- Website: www.kaylarosemusic.com
- Phone: 2025105507
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: Kayla Rose Instagram: @ohkkay_ ,The Garden Band Instagram: @thexgarden
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kayla.griffith.779
- Other: https://soundcloud.com/user-474152834, https://open.spotify.com/artist/4pCRJ5WHm7MkuMV9qfuoG2?si=iiXdW61FSIyA3bj8J5o4Xg, https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/reflection-ep/1287716924