Interview with Pop Rock Singer/Songwriter April Kry
HHM: Where did you grow up and what was childhood like for you?
April: I grew up all around Fairfield County, in Connecticut. My family moved around a lot. My childhood pretty much consisted of church and music. My dad was the worship leader at my church, so I was surrounded by music constantly growing up.
HHM: What do you think it was that sparked your love for music at such a young age?
April: My dad. He would play the guitar almost every night when my sister and I were little. I just remember loving the feeling I got when I sang for people. My parents and I used to be out to dinner somewhere, and I’d literally get up from my table and serenade everyone at the restaurant.
HHM: Are there any particular artists that influenced you more than others musically?
April: Yes, absolutely. When I was around 12 or 13 years old, my best friend got me a Celine Dion cassette tape. (Gosh, I feel old saying cassette tape.) I listened to that tape until it wore out. So Celine definitely had a huge influence on my vocal style. There are so many other artists that influence me, ranging from- Mariah Carey, Billie Holiday, and Adele, to John Mayer, Colbie Caillat, and Kelly Clarkson. I still have so many more in my head right now, but I’ll stop there.
HHM: When and why did you decide that Nashville was the place you needed to be?
April: It was actually just recently I had met with someone who said, “Why the hell do you live in Connecticut?” and it kind of hit me…like, why DO I live here? I need to be where the action is. I have such a huge support group in Nashville, so I figured the right step was to just take the plunge and move down there.
HHM: How was it at first, did you instantly feel comfortable or was it a little intimidating at first?
April: You know, I wasn’t nervous at all just because of the people I work with down here. They are all just so supportive.
HHM: Being from the Zodlounge camp with such a massive talent pool, do you find that you all inspire each other to be better?
April: Oh, totally. I’m really close with the artists that work with the Zodlounge crew, and I feel like we all inspire and encourage each other whenever we’re together. Just a couple weeks ago I performed at SXSW in Austin and I watched Shannon LaBrie and Kree Woods perform, and they just blow me away every time.
HHM: Had you been recording music seriously prior to moving to Nashville?
April: I was. I recorded a 6-song EP called Music Speaks with Zodlounge about a year ago that I’m really proud of. It was basically my life for those past 3 years, mashed up into 6 songs.
HHM: You seem to have matured musically and vocally from Up from Under to your latest release Music Speaks, what do you think the main reason is for that growth?
April: That is quite a loaded question for me. I feel like every artist, or person for that matter, goes through something in their life that forces them to start over, and that’s where I was. I was done being what everyone else wanted me to be, and that’s where Music Speaks came from. So it’s very close to my heart.
HHM: Every artist has a particular comfort zone for their writing, what would you say is that “happy” place is for you?
April: This is weird to say, but my “happy place” for my writing is whenever I have a huge decision to make, or if something traumatic happens in my life. It’s just my release and I write the best songs when I’m under pressure. Other than that, I write all the time and I find that little things inspire me every day.
HHM: As a singer and a songwriter, I know you spend a lot of time writing but would do you like to do outside of music to unwind?
April: I’m a pretty low-key girl. My ideal Friday night would consist of me on the couch with my cat, watching Friends and eating Cherry Garcia.
HHM: What have been some of your proudest moments as an artist up until now?
April: I feel so incredibly blessed to have done so many things thus far in my career. I’d have to say one of the coolest moments I’ve had was performing at the Apollo Theater in NY. It was the most nervous I had ever been. Just imagine this little white girl walking onto the stage where Aretha Franklin and Billie Holiday’s careers were launched from. And thank God I nailed it. People get booed off that stage and never sing again. I felt on top of the world that night.
HHM: Are there any projects you are currently working on? Any music releases coming up in the near future?
April: Yes, and yes. I have a bunch of new music I’m recording right now. I’d love to get a full-length album out soon. No release dates yet.
HHM: In a perfect world and you could have it go anyway you desired, how would you like to best impact the world with your music?
April: Music is amazing. I say this all the time, but it’s a universal language. If someone can relate to my music even just a little bit, I’ve done my job. I want people to be able to listen to one of my songs and say, “this is exactly what I’m going through right now. It’s like she knows my life.” I like to write music with deep meaning, and sing it with passion because that’s what makes an impact on people’s lives.
Interview by: DaveHHM
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