Today we’d like to introduce you to KaceyTheSongbird.
So, before we jump into specific questions, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
It all started when I was about six years old and realizing that I could sing. Once I realized that I had this gift, I would sing every chance I got. I was born and raised Catholic and attended Catholic School so, singing was my thing to do on the weekends and after school with my baby sitter or any older cousin who would educate me on the different singers on the radio, tv and the web. I was accepted into Cass Technical High School which is a performing arts high school and it’s the most popular high school in Detroit. I immediately signed up for like three music classes where I became alive being exposed to other types of music like broadway, folk and classical. I would sing in different groups. My mind and my voice were curious. I was also receiving encouragement from friends ad family but I was still hesitant because I knew and felt that I would have to do inner work that I was just too immature and uncomfortable to even try to break into the music industry.
Then, I was kicked out of Cass Tech so, for the rest of my high school career I wasn’t able to indulge in music education and I was around a different group of teens which forced me to become a hermit. Not saying that the other high schools didn’t offer music programs, that’s definitely not the case but I was so ashamed that I had gotten kicked out of Cass Tech that I couldn’t get over that disappointment to participate with a new group of people. As soon as I graduated high school I decided to leave Detroit, Michigan and go to college out of state. I experienced the college life on campus. I learned but it has always been a challenge to balance bills, life, career, family and personal life. For every job that I worked I realized that these jobs would challenge me to level up to focus on what was really important which was my talent. Every time I clocked in at work there was a voice in my head like “come on you have got to let this voice bust out. You have to free it and let it fly. Don’t be afraid!
Slowly but surely I started bartending and waitressing which I enjoyed much more because it always involved music and I got to watch a different caliber of people like comedians, singers, djs, go-go dancers, bartenders, etc… I loved watching them from the back to see how they perfected and possessed the courage to allow their dreams to unfold. I started hanging around more and more artists who were bold to go after their dreams which eventually rubbed off on me. When you have friends who know your potential plus their on top of their game it motivates you to go after your dreams with passion. I took baby steps like going to karaoke to get over my shyness and from karaoke it turned into jam sessions and eventually my own shows. I surrendered to my vulnerability to be an artist and I also finally decided to do the inner work. Which is the most fulfilling journey in life I have done thus far.
Has it been a smooth road?
Now that I know and walk in my purpose everything gets better and better. However, before I knew my purpose I struggled a lot in the past because I was unsure of myself and not willing to be uncomfortable to complete my inner work. When I moved to Los Angeles I dreamed of getting discovered only to realize that the dream is in discovering myself and finding my voice which is an inevitable key to my journey. Getting discovered would be easier but then would I know myself? These are questions that I used to ask myself before I decided to take the steps and do the inner work. The struggles existed in the past because I wanted things to come easy. Living in Los Angeles and not having a solid base of people around who truly support my purpose was very difficult especially in the past before I completely surrendered to my art. Now that I know my purpose my circle has changed. My conflicts would arise in the past because I was comfortable, safe and used to watching people from the back and I was hoping that someone would say oh wonderful you can sing come this way. I was also extremely shy. I was so lost yet comfortable because I didn’t trust myself to just walk in my purpose.
We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
I go by the name of KaceyTheSongbird and I am a singer, songwriter, model, actress and voice over actress.I have performed in plays and sang background for many local artists in Los Angeles.I sing on live radio podcasts and have been invited as a guest on Jamie Foxx’s Foxxhole Radio Station. I am often performing throughout California with a band for different occasions such as weddings, holiday extravaganzas, non-profit organizations, clubs, museums and other fun festive occasions.I am currently focused on producing my first EP Extended Play record from the ground up. I am planning on combining jazz with r&b, hip-hop and a little funk as well. I am enjoying the whole, creative process on what it really takes to produce, write and harmonize music for this project. One of my proudest moments in my career to date was being invited by Lisa Estrada from The Los Angeles Lakers to sing the national anthem at the Staples Center. I was recently nominated for the Verge Award and Best New Artist at the BMAs which were held at the Globe Theatre on 9/29/19.
Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
What I like best about Los Angeles is the vibes in this city are so magnetic that the atmosphere allows you to be who you really want to be. I love Los Angeles because of all the outdoor activities you can take part in all throughout the year like hiking, riding bikes, tennis, etc… I love the diversity and how it’s easy and natural to have a conversation with someone from the Ukraine and then turn around and talk to somebody Lagos. The traffic can be a little annoying at times but Los Angeles is amazing!!!
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