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Life and Work with Sky Keller

Today we’d like to introduce you to Sky Keller.

Sky, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I began doing music a few years ago. It all started when I became friends with my workout instructor. As we became closer, I shared my dream of music with her. I soon found out that she was good friends with Billy Blanks, the creator of Taebo. Over the years, Billy had established relationships with music producers. She sent him my demos and a few days later, he called me on the phone. Billy then connected me to a producer who at the time worked for Warner Bros. We started working in the studio, and the rest is history.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Like anything, my journey has had its ups and downs. When I started working in the studio, I really struggled with finding my sound. There was a lot of trial and error, and I was often frustrated. I knew what I wanted the music to sound like, I just didn’t know how to make it happen. I’m finally over that hump, and I’m very thankful for that. My advice to young women is to stay true to your musical vision. Don’t be a replica of another artist, focus on creating music that suits you and your style.

Please tell us more about your work, what you are currently focused on and most proud of.
I specialize in making relatable music that has its own unique sound. I tell stories through my lyrics, allowing listeners to connect to it in their own way. I feel like that’s the ingredient that sets me apart from others. Last year was the first time I released original music. To my surprise, my first release charted #1 on HypeMachine. Thus far, I am most proud of that accomplishment. You never really know how people will respond to your art. I’m thankful that people are connecting to it and want to keep listening.

There’s a wealth of academic research that suggests that a lack of mentors and networking opportunities for women has materially affected the number of women in leadership roles. Smart organizations and industry leaders are working to change this, but in the meantime, do you have any advice for finding a mentor and building a network?
I live by the law of attraction. When you confess your dreams and believe in your heart that they can become a reality, they will. I think that’s one of the ways we find ourselves in the right situation. Although that method won’t work independently, we have to put the work in! There are mixers that are held around LA, I think that’s a great way for artists to get connected. There are also online music communities that artists can join. Going to writing sessions is what has worked well for me. In most of my sessions, I meet someone new. One relationship always leads to the next.

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Paul Goce, Timmy Farmer

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