Kayla Sage was my student before we even had Molly’s Music–when it was just me teaching privately in our old studio in Costa Mesa. To this day, she’s still one of the most talented people I’ve ever worked with, picking up vocal technique almost as fast as I could spit out the information and very much marching to her own drummer–not an easy thing to do for a junior high school student. Since then she’s moved to Vegas, but I’ve looked forward to getting periodic updates on her life. I’m excited to announce that Kayla now writes her own much and is about to release a full-length album. Check out her music video below, be sure to follow her on Instagram (@kaylasageofficial), Twitter (@kaylasage3), and YouTube (Kayla Sage Channel) and grab her single here.
Q & A with Kayla
MM: How did you get started with singing, and how long have you been at it?
KK: I’ve been singing for as long as I have been talking. I was raised in the Orange County community theater scene, as my mom was a regular performer and/or producer of shows. I continued my love of singing by performing in shows myself, and also joining school choirs. I then moved to Vegas in 2010 at the age of 13, where I continued my love of choir as well as joined a local KPOP dance crew.
MM: I remember you used to love K pop! Is that still an interest of yours?
KK: Yes, yes, yes!!! It has been and will always remain a huge passion of mine.
MM: How have you been sharing your songs with others? What’s your favorite performance so far and why?
KK: I have just released my first single, Scream and Shout, on Sept 19th, 2018 on You Tube (channel is Kayla Sage). There are already over 103,000 views – I’m so excited to see so many people loving my work and enjoying my songs as much as I do. I haven’t really had the chance to perform my original music to an audience as of yet, but I always love to perform with my KPOP dance crew….I get to sing KPOP songs and show off my love of dance too!
MM: Who are a few bands/artists that have inspired you, and why?
KK: Ailee (a KPOP singer), was born in Denver, Co and moved to South Korea to pursue her dreams of being a singer. Her voice type is a lot like mine, so I study what she does and try to incorporate that into my technique. Demi Lovato as well. I love her power belts but also how she can really put such emotion into her songs.
MM: What are some of your favorite songs, and why?
KK: Beyonce – Listen – because of the power and the control that she has. Ailee – Home – she has such a rich tone to her voice and it really speaks to you, reaches your soul.
MM: What makes you keep up your practice, and what are your goals?
KK: I have always wanted to be famous, since I was a very little girl. As I have grown and matured, I still desire to step into the spotlight but I am also so excited to reach people with my words. Writing my own songs has become such a huge part of my drive and ambition to achieve my goals of truly connecting with and inspiring people.
MM: What advice would you give to other students just starting out?
KK: Don’t let anything get in the way of your dreams. Keep working hard. Take every “no” as an opportunity to grow and keep going until you get the “yes” you want and deserve. Having a core team of trusted and supportive family & friends in your corner is always essential too – they’ll be sure to look out for your best interest at all times.
MM: Can you share about a technique, skill, or song you struggled with, and how you are overcoming or have overcome it?
KK: I really struggled with my lower register, it’s so hard to hit those low notes. But with persistence and an awesome list of vocal coaches…I have been able to expand my vocal range and I’m much more solid in my lower register now. Never Enough from the The Greatest Showman would be a great example of this, I could not hit some of the low notes in this song at first. But once I applied the lessons and techniques I learned, it was much easier.
MM: What’s something most people don’t know about you?
KK: I have a special place in my heart for working with special needs kids. I was a classroom aide in the special needs class for all four years of high school. I also went to the special olympics with the kids in that class and had an absolute blast.
MM: What are some of your favorite hobbies outside of music? Favorite school subjects, books, movies, shows, sports?
KK: I like Science, I have a fascination with the human body and how it works. I really enjoy watch boxing/MMA as well.
MM: What inspires you when you write your own music? Do you start with lyrics or melody?
KK: I usually go off of melody/beats that I find from beat masters. Then I pay attention to what the beat master has named the beat, and start writing lyrics from there. I like to try to incorporate the title the beat master has assigned as a way to honor them in the song. I also write from the heart, past experiences, current experiences — really whatever is going on in my life at any given moment. I can be inspired at any time, for any reason or no reason at all. And once that inspiration hits – I just can’t stop writing!
MM: I know you’re working with a media agency in NY. Tell me about your experience! How are you working to get your music out there? Tell me about your experience in the music industry so far!
KK: Yes, I am currently working with Digiwaxx Media, based in NYC. They are working to get my first single, Scream and Shout, pushed out to over 53,000 radio and club DJ’s worldwide to encourage them to play my music. My hope is that we get some air time, and possibly some interviews on the radio. It’s a great way to promote not only my music but also provide a way for people to get to know me and what I’m about.
MM: What are your ultimate goals?
KK: I want to be a household name. I want to reach people, speak to them through my music – connecting with them by touring the world. I hope to continue writing not only for myself, but for other artists as well.
MM: Anything else you’d like to share?
KK: I’m humbled by the love and support I have received thus far in the beginning stages of my career. My management, Moka Blast (Lydell Birch) is not only an artist himself, but an outstanding & supportive manager that has opened so many doors for me. Moka is the owner of FGC (Forever Getting Cash) Studios located in Vegas. The team at FGC Studios has become a family to me – there is so much collaboration, love, friendship and support there and I am so lucky and grateful for each and every one there.
To support this talented young artist, grab your copy of her single!