Having met Kim Waters years ago, this show host is quite certain that the apple doesn't fall far from the tree. Daddy knew that his daughter was gifted: EARLY. The story is that baby Kayla climbed onto the piano at 10 months old and started plunking! Lessons started at age six. So - know that our guest was classically trained in a JAZZ household.
Seeing her very popular father follow his musical path taught Kayla a LOT about the business. About music in general. She loved playing and the discipline that she learned as well as the wise perception. Make no mistake, this is an Old Soul. That is said in reverence. When you HEAR "Apogee", you will understand. This is a young woman whose piano skills surpass many twice her ago. A composer of rare sensitivity, focusing on positive living and awakening. But she brings joyful exuberance and serious HOPE to her songs. Two wonderful worlds collide here to confirm the place of Kayla Waters in Contemporay Jazz - or WHEREVER she wishes. There are glorious under and overtones of classical and ambience here...it reminded this writer of the exploratory Jazz of the 70's - specifically, the voice of Esther Satterfield with Chuck Mangione :)
Kayla's star has ascended so FAST that her first single from the album, "I AM", reached #1 in SHORT order at Billboard. Stevie Wonder has paid attention - so has Avery Sunshine, Patrice Rushen and BET. You might have caught Kayla on "Black Girls Rock" - an annual occurence on the network that showcases brilliant talent. Our dedicated keyboardist was ready to rumble with Gladys Knight and Marsha Ambrosius on the day of taping. Word gets OUT, you know. And it's more than just at the Church in D.C. where Kayla is Music Director - she is TRULY emerging as a STAR! Listen and feast your ears :)
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