What's up Leafers? Welcome to the latest edition of On the Rise where we interview upcoming music talent. Today's guest is singer and songwriter, KCF. KCF reps North Carolina and her melodic notes paint a beautiful picture of her life experiences. We can definitely see her performing on major stages all over the world. The rising singer has been on our radar for a while so we had to tap in with her. Check out the interview below.
Westleaf Staff: What's up, KCF? Your music is dope! When did you start making music?
KCF: I started writing music as soon as I knew how to write. I would be writing Mary J Blige-type poetry in 3rd grade and people would be like "Are you okay?" I would be but I loved writing and I never cared if it was sad, happy, etc. I am more of a songwriter than a singer, only because I feel like I don't have the strongest voice and I just love writing music. I have over 34 completed albums in my collection now and can write on the spot with ease. Music started me, that's my answer.
Westleaf Staff: That's dope! What city do you represent?
KCF: I am representing Richlands, North Carolina. It is a small town right beside Jacksonville NC which is home to the Marines! Shout out to those fighting for our country.
Westleaf Staff: Shout out to North Carolina! So how did you create your stage name?
KCF: KC has always been my favorite name to go by. My initials are KCF and my name means everything to me so why not go by it? I have a pet peeve for those who misspell my name or refuse to just say it right. It's Kaitlan it's very simple. Might be a different spelling but it's still kind of basic. KC is simple, and simplicity is key and makes me happy.
Westleaf Staff: That's pretty cool and authentic. So how did your early life shape your interest in music?
KCF: There wasn't a time when I didn't have music. Even before I was born, my mother would listen to every genre and sing to me. I started out writing music, which is my strongest suit, and then I finally just went to the studio and recorded "Why Is It So Good". Music has always been an influence, it allowed me to feel like I wasn't the only one and also gave me a positive outlet.
Westleaf Staff: Cool! You got a super early start. So who is your biggest Musical influence?
KCF: From Nina Simone to Ray Charles, Toni Braxton, Erykah Badu, Jill Scott, Mary J, and many many more. I listen to their styles and I write as if I was there in those moments that they would talk about. Every artist has their thing, either a phrase, emotion or even the way they represent their music. All of these artists are strong and can absolutely say that they have shaped the music culture.
Westleaf Staff: Dope! I feel that. That's a unique perspective. What's been the defining moment in your music career thus far?
KCF: Being in the studio the first time, made me feel like nothing could stop me. Mid-song, I stopped looking at my notebook and finished with new lyrics because that's what I felt would be better than what was already written. It felt empowering, it felt like I was floating and I'm used to being stuck on the ground and having to live in reality and singing made me feel like I had no boundaries.
Westleaf Staff: That's dope! Congrats on hitting. the studio. So what makes you a unique artist?
KCF: I am unique because I am me, I am not trying to be the best or prove a point. I rather have self in my writing and work with no audience than to have an audience and no self in my work/writing.
Westleaf Staff: Dope! So what does art mean to you?
KCF: Art is whatever we as a society decide to spill from our true selves. Art is the real us, art is our struggles, our pains, our happy moments, our epiphanies, it's us. There is no right or wrong way, it's an individual way and there is no criticizing.
Westleaf Staff: That's deep! Where do you see your music career going over the next few years?
KCF: In the next few years, I hope to break into ghostwriting, or songwriting in general, business. As far as recording goes, I hope to just record demos and have them surf through the world until it finds it's fit voice.
Westleaf Staff: I wish you much success! Before we go, describe music in three words.
KCF: Sweet, free, and mesmerizing
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