Kelsie Kimberlin is a multi-dimensional singer, songwriter, and recording artist who is making dynamic music that is not only immensely enjoyable, but also carries deep emotional and societal messages. At only 22-years old, Kelsie has undoubtedly achieved a great deal; with an expansive repertoire of released music to her name including popular tracks such as, "Masterpiece", "Right Place Wrong Time", "Reflection", "What We Had", and "It's Not The Time", Kelsie Kimberlin has garnered the love and attention of millions of listeners hailing from all around the globe.
Most recently, to the excitement of her fanbase, Kelsie is announcing her highly-awaited upcoming new single titled, "Cosmopolitan Girl", which will be released onto all digital streaming platforms. Coming September 2022, this shining new pop song explores the artist's experiences of traveling throughout the world and connecting with individuals of all cultures. Follow Kelsie Kimberlin on her social media platforms to stay tuned on her future music releases and news!
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"I know that if it touches me, it will touch others." - Kelsie Kimberlin
Hello, Kelsie! Thank you very much for joining us today. First things first, could you tell me how you first discovered your passion for music?
Kelsie: My parents told me that I was born singing, and ever since I can remember, I wanted to create and sing music. I was in children's choirs, church choirs, and I started singing in the studio with my dad when I was eight years old.
What three words would you say best describe your musical style as a whole?
Kelsie: Authentic, impactful and emotional.
What is your interpretation of being an artist? What does it mean to you?
Kelsie: Being an artist is being true to oneself rather than following others. In my case, I cannot be pigeon-holed into any particular niche because I am comfortable singing almost any kind of music as long as it has the capacity to touch me or someone else.
Tell me about your upcoming new single "Cosmopolitan Girl"... what is something very special about it?
Kelsie: "Cosmopolitan Girl" is the perfect pop song, but to me it also has a deeper meaning. I am Ukrainian-American and want the world to see that Ukrainians are a very important part of the global community, at home with vibrant and sophisticated cultures, and proud of their heritage.
Most artists say that through their art they learn more about themselves, heal injuries… in what ways has music helped you?
Kelsie: Without music, I would be lost, like a boat on the ocean without a mast. I write songs about many things that have happened to me and that helps me make sense of them. And then I realize that other people have experienced similar things and my music helps them too. Writing songs about emotional topics or issues is cathartic, and then singing those songs with conviction allows me to give them meaning.
How do you want your music to help or affect other people?
Kelsie: I have this view that if I put my heart into a song, lyrically, musically and performance-wise, someone, somewhere will like it and will be touched by it. So I don't worry about everyone liking every song, or someone hating this or that song. I know that if it touches me, it will touch others. I also hope that my music and my life story will inspire others, especially young females, to express themselves fearlessly.
What is your songwriting process like?
Kelsie: I write songs on both guitar and piano, often starting with an idea or a post in my journal, or a story or news report I heard. I believe that songwriters should not only write about love and relationships but about topics that may be taboo or overlooked, so I mix up my songs and styles. I use many classical references in my songs, I love to combine analog and digital, real instruments with synths and grooves, and I avoid auto-tuning. I also believe it is very important to work with top professionals with vast experience, and that is why all of my songs have input -- producing, mixing or mastering -- by Grammy winners.
In your opinion, what separates you the most from other artists in your genre?
Kelsie: I respect and listen to so many modern pop artists, but I also listen to music from the past such as Bach and Mozart, classic rock, country, Latin, and even Middle Eastern music. And I try to incorporate those influences in my songs. I also try to have a little surprise in every song, such as an odd chord, an extra bar or beat, a tempo change, an unexpected instrument, or something musically unusual, like a minor 6th.
Who would you say is your number one musical influence?
Kelsie: My father is my biggest musical influence. He has written more songs than the entire Beatles catalog, and it is like a musical encyclopedia. He has been taking me to concerts since I was a baby, has taken me to interviews with top artists, and has spent literally thousands of hours with me in the studio. He is always pushing my musical horizons and helps me to write the best songs possible.
What is the next “big thing” the world can expect from you, Kelsie?
Kelsie: I have recorded over 100 original songs and want to release more songs and videos at a faster pace. In early August, I spent a week in Cartagena, Colombia with an award winning record producer and an award winning film director filming an amazing song called "Fruit Basket." We will be releasing the song and video a month after "Cosmopolitan Girl" is released, and everyone expects it to be an international hit.
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