Kay Soul is a recording artist, songwriter, plus model and aspiring actress. Kay began singing and writing songs in elementary school and recorded her first solo song at the age of 19. In April 2021, Kay Soul released “Strong Connection”, a soulful mid-tempo ballad that showed a more intimate and vulnerable side of the artist which was followed by a music video in June 2021. “Strong Connection” is Kay’s most streamed single and is currently nominated for 7 Rhythm of Gospel Awards, 5 Gospel Choice and 4 Prayze Factor awards including a nomination for Best Urban Contemporary Artist and vocal performance. 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 third studio 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 popular album release, 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 roll out 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.”
Previously nominated for a Chicago Independent Music Award for best R&B singer, Kay has released multiple singles, a mixtape, her debut EP "Deeper" and full-length album "Hiding in Plain Sight". She has performed at several high-profile events including headlining at the One Nation Under God 9th annual music festival in 2021, Elbo Room Chicago and Underground Wonder Bar, the Silver Room Block Party, Full Figured Fashion Week and singing The National Anthem at the NBA matchup between Milwaukee and Orlando. Kay was the featured music artist for Atlanta Live which aired on WATC-TV 57 on October 12, 2021. During the pandemic, Kay Soul continued to perform, creating an intimate setting in her home studio while streaming live to fans across the world. Kay went international performing for Paris based music platform Dorhema and streaming her album release celebration on the UK based music platform Show4me. Kay Soul has been featured in numerous publications including Luxe Kurves Magazine, Rolling Out Magazine, and Buzz Music. She was the featured artist of the week in Chicago Music Guide July 2020 and highlighted as an inspiring story in Voyage LA magazine in August 2020 and again in ShoutLA in July 2021. Kay Soul was listed as an Artist to Watch by Indie Spoonful and 716 Live magazine and became the first featured artist on the Canada based music-streaming platform, Whoozl.
As a plus size model, Kay Soul has modeled for multiple designers including national plus size brands Avenue and Lane Bryant. She walked the runway for House of Solana in Chicago Fashion week 2021 and was the cover model for Just Me Magazine (March 2021), The Rhythmic Lounge Magazine (April 2021), and GMX Magazine (December 2021). Kay was featured as Ms. April in the Massive Collection 2019 calendar and her photos have been published and used as promotional material by notable photographers. Kay Soul is a Brand Ambassador and cause warrior for mental health awareness. Her song “As I Am” was the subject of a featured write-up and podcast on Society of Sound focusing on perceptions of beauty. She was also the May 2020 featured guest on the Podcast, Tea Time With Monica, discussing mental health and healing.
As an aspiring actress, Kay Soul has done extra work on several major network television series including Chicago PD, Chicago Med, Paper Girls, Empire and The Chi. Most recently Kay was a featured extra in the 2021 Disney holiday movie “Christmas Again.”
Kay is currently preparing to release a new concept EP entitled “Connections”, a companion project to “In My Mind” that will introduce 5 new stories examining connections both with ourselves and others. Her music can be heard on multiple platforms in countries around the world.
How has the New Year been for you so far as an artist?
2022 has been an amazing year so far. I have been able to see the fruits of my labor manifest in unexpected ways. I've been nominated for a Rhythm of Gospel, Gospel Choice, Prayze Factor, and Full Figured Industry Award.
Can you tell us how you've transformed from the beginning to now as an artist?
I struggled with confidence in the beginning of my career. I've had to work hard to overcome fear and embrace my own unique sound and voice. Over the past 10 years I have truly grown in my confidence and expression. I've found a fusion sound that allows me to present my body of work in an original way. I've continued to hone my craft and grow in my abilities both in the studio and on stage.
How did you come up with your latest project?
My 2020 album "In My Mind" came from a desire to share the broken pieces of myself, specifically the effects on my mental and emotional well being. It was important for me to be transparent but also offer inspiration and hope for others who were going through similar emotions.
Where are you from originally?
I'm from Chicago.
Where do you live now?
I'm currently in Atlanta working on new music.
Do you think where you live impacts how your music is made?
I think that it can. Personally I was at a point where I needed a change of scenery in a new atmosphere with a different vibe. As a creative and an empath, I soak in my environment and I am greatly affected by my surroundings. It's often hard to create something new in old spaces.
What was the inspiration to make music your career?
I have always loved music and I have been writing songs and singing since I was a kid. I came to a point in my life where I felt empty and music was the only cure. Through much prayer and meditation I know that I am fulfilling a higher purpose for my life through music.
How do you want to shape your career?
I want to shape a career that's rooted in integrity, talent, growth, and constant creative evolution. I work hard and try to stay away from comparison to others. Instead I concentrate on being better each time around and striving for excellence. I want my career to be undeniable.
Do you work on a tight timeline always or do you go with the flow when it comes to your music?
It really depends on what's the priority at the moment. Right now I've been going with the flow while working on my next album but simultaneously I have a specific timeline to practice for shows, do photoshoots, perform and cover press dates. The priority will shift to a full studio recording schedule in the fall when I've completed my summer performance run.
How did your latest title of your music come to be?
My forthcoming EP entitled "Connections" came about as an extension of my 2020 album "In My Mind". I wanted to get deeper into the conversation and examine the connections we have with ourselves and others that ultimately shape our life experiences.
Is it hard to let go of the music when it is done?
Sometimes it's extremely hard. I put so much of myself in my music and want it to be received with the same heart in which I create it. However I try to stay focused on the importance of not sitting on great music. A song can always be done in a thousand different ways. It's about being confident in your artistry and trusting that the music will resonate with those who are meant to hear it.
Do you feel an emotional attachment to your music?
Yes I am very emotionally attached. My songs are stories of my life and personal experiences. I write them as a way to heal and to heal others. It's sacred work that I don't take lightly.
How would you describe your music in one word to someone who hasn't listened to it yet?
Where do they go to listen NOW?
My music is on every major platform and has also been released in Korea.
Here are some links:
Lost Connection: https://song.link/i/1581672699
Strong Connection: https://youtu.be/TA6rhztZBW4
Apple Music: https://music.apple.com/us/artist/kay-soul/672081968
What has been the best fan reaction to your music?
I have been blessed to have some amazing fan reactions. I really cannot pick one because any time someone takes the time to share with me how my music has impacted their life, I am honored.
Is there anything exciting coming up for you?
I am in the process of a summer performance run which so far includes the cities of Jacksonville, Charlotte, Atlanta, and Chicago. I will be releasing the full "Connections EP" in August.
Are you performing the song anywhere LIVE?
I have been performing music from my 2020 album "In My Mind" and 2 singles from the Connections EP, "Lost Connection" and "Strong Connection" in venues around Atlanta. I recently did a solo show at Kat's Cafe on May 14, 2022. The visual is available now on my youtube channel: https://youtu.be/Rz54QRneYXI
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