K Sloan

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K Sloan – New Music

NYC-based retro soul artist K Sloan released the single “Stay”, a track off of her upcoming EP, Blank Pages, due out in Spring 2017.

K Sloan Quotes:

“I’ve been singing since the age of 12. I grew up in Detroit Michigan in a program for youth called Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit. I was in the acting program and even though I spent most of the time there, I became close friends with a lot of the young performers in the singing company. My friend just posted on my Facebook wall the other day, she and I were joking about how I asked her to teach me how to sing because I didn’t think I had a good voice. But back then it was true. I was pretty shy when it came to singing so I made a point of surrounding myself with big voices so I could study how they created the sounds they did. I wanted to imitate their style. I was a kid from the burbs and I longed to have the edge and grit they did when they sang. That heartfelt bluesy torch song sound. I came up listening to a lot of soul music, primarily Motown and Jazz as well as the Neo Soul hits that were on the radio at the time. I remember I liked to listen to Billie Holiday when I would clean the house. I always got a kick out of NOT listening to what everyone else my age was listening to. I think all of my friends did. We were living in Detroit and Metro Detroit at a time where it wasn’t necessarily “cool” to be there. So we created our own counter culture and “cool” to pass the time. We would go to poetry slams, or do photoshoots and when we would hang out we would always be singing and harmonizing every chance we got. I think that’s where I got some of my best training as a singer because it was all so playful. It was not unusual for us to hang out at someone’s house and just sing the songs they sang in our program OR start singing in whatever restaurant or part of the city we happened to be in. Needless to say I got over being shy really quickly.”

“But I actually went on to study acting at DePaul University because that’s what I was comfortable doing. I started taking my first official singing lessons with the Musical Theatre professor there and I would always audition and perform in the musicals at DePaul, it was my way of staying connected to music. By the time I graduated I took some time in Chicago auditioning, realized it wasn’t what I wanted to do when I got most excited at the prospect of being cast in the Hair as Dionne. It was a long process with several call backs and I told myself if I didn’t get the part I would head to New York to do musical theatre I didn’t get it so I applied for grad school and moved to NYC.”

“During grad school at NYU I auditioned for a few musicals here and there but it wasn’t really sparking my interest. I was also pursuing other passions as well. I actually was in grad school for Educational Theatre and would spend my summers in Italy teaching English. One summer I found out one of my fellow teachers could play guitar when he found one in a school. So we had a lot of jam sessions and ended up writing a few songs. He and I ended up traveling together for the better part of the summer and I wrote about 7 songs that summer. It was like something finally clicked into place and I had finally found what I wanted to do.”

“When I got back to New York I had no idea where to start, so I started they only way I knew how by watching others do their thing and take note. I started out as a background singer. I sang background for a lot of cool acts all over town. My friend has a super dope band called Nay Nay Soul. I would sing with them whenever I got the chance and I learned a lot of amazing things from the lead singer. I also would go to open mics and I found a great open mic on the Upper West Side at a bar called Prohibition. That place has become a home for me over the last few years. I actually met my producer Swang there.”

“Overall I just networked and talked to people. I asked ALOT of questions and never stopped writing and creating and made a point of working towards my solo career no matter what. I used to put a lot of pressure on myself to get it right the first time but if there is one thing I have learned in this process is that its all a big workshop and you must be willing to reevaluate and go back to the drawing board. I also practice Nichiren Buddhism and that has been my biggest foundation through out my journey as an artist and my journey in life. I am always encouraged to keep moving forward and to use everything I do as an artist as a mission to create value and work towards building a more peaceful society. And that’s what I aimed to do with Blank Pages.”

“I was just reflecting on what the over all theme of the EP was. There are a lot of love songs on it, because honestly love is always on my brain lol. But its not always romantic move. As much as the words of my songs may speak to you about getting over someone or even finding a deep romantic love. They are also about self respect and self love. Most of all I just hope they make people feel GOOD! Sometimes you hear a groove to a song and its everything you need to hear in that moment to just feel good. I’d like to think my songs do that for people.”

“More specifically Stay is a song that’s a single from the EP. That song is a song for everyone who is done with asking for half hearted love (no matter what form that love may take). I wrote it at a point where I needed to hear the words myself. I also wrote the song to move through what I was experiencing and find the strength to move forward. Music just like any art form should be a catharsis. When I listen to my favorite artists over and over again its because I’m working through something in my heart and Stay was what I needed to work through at the moment. Honestly I’m still working at that one lol.”

“As far as what I’ve got coming up goes, well, I’ve got lots of gigs. Me and my amazing band The Melodics are playing at The Bitter End on February 23rd and I’ll be doing a set at the West End Lounge on March 4th. Most importantly, I want to keep on writing. With everything that’s happening in the world now is not the time for artists to be silent. I’m already brainstorming my next big project focusing on the firm belief that music can be used a source of healing and as a way for people to process. But my main goal is to keep the feel good tunes coming.”