If verse and melody involuntarily emerge while storms rage all around, you’d better grab a pen. It is during these times that Kayla finds most of the inspiration for her refrains, capturing the beauty that can be found amidst the fray. What started as a journal of God’s conversation with a surrendered heart has become the foundation of not only her first worship album, Prayers & Songs, but her debut Pop EP You Loved as well.
In retrospect, this is not surprising as the roots of Kayla’s harmonies run as deep as her family tree. Families singing in a country church, gathering around a second hand piano, crippled fingers on a pawn shop accordion and being sung to sleep to seafarer’s hymns have traced their way into her tones.
At the age of six, Kayla remembers listening to an Amy Grant cassette, holding the album sleeve, and declaring, "I'm gonna do that someday."
Encouraged by early efforts, including collaboration with Matt Dally of Superchick, her first EP was recorded. Kayla’s formal music education includes a Bachelor’s degree in Commercial Music from Belmont University in Nashville.
Early influences by R & B and Neo-Soul singers Brandy, Whitney Houston, and Mariah Carey shaped her sound while working with producers Melza Jordan, Earl Powell, & Fred “Toxic” Taylor contributed to her development as a studio singer and songwriter.
Though Kayla's musical tastes and styles are eclectic, loving to sing & write in multiple genres, her passion for youth & women's ministries, & worship music have been the driving force behind her sound. As she has continued to pursue her dreams, Kayla has remained faithful to her lineage, voicing her abiding belief in a positive, impactful message.
Kayla released her first full-length worship album, Prayers & Songs, in 2014, mixing the first inspirations of Jaci Velasquez and Rachael Lampa while incorporating contemporaries Brooke Fraser and Kari Jobe. Lyrically, the songs reflect the soul depth of Sara Groves while featuring powerhouse vocals and an element of a Britt Nicole like pop.
Prayers & Songs transports listeners from the uncertainty of life’s storms to the throne of God with the quiet reflection of lilting melodies and the driving tempos of powerful songs of praise. Scripture-based lyrics spare her audience from tired clichés, providing assurance of God presence in the middle of trials.
Kayla's latest musical venture, affectionately known as The Love Project, includes releasing three new albums in one year that each inspire LOVE. The first album in The Love Project series, You Loved, is available NOW on iTunes and Kayla's online store! In her debut Pop EP, Kayla shares her personal trials and triumphs in love, challenging her listeners to choose LOVE no matter how many times they've had their hearts broken. Because, no matter what, love is always worth the fight, and in the end, you'll know that "you were brave because you loved."