Posted On 16 Oct 2018
Kinney is a Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter, acrobatic dancer and yogini on a mission to use pure heart-centered expression to radiate joy, freedom and ecstatic light energy into everything she creates.
Her music is a combination of heartfelt universal love and playful artistic choices that vary from glorious cuvees of lyrical craftmanship and grace, uniquely particular in the latest release of “Petah Bread Rocketship.”
Kinney’s vocals soar in this gem of a track, literally making us stop and just enjoy the 3 ½ minutes and finding joy in the minutes of the day that most cases seem to just fly by without anyone noticing. Fully exposed and nothing to hide with the minimal production behind it, the focus on the vocal deliver and uplifting lyrics of the song, that are being intrinsically reflective and hopeful of what’s to come.
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Learn more about Kinney in the following All Access interview:
Thanks for your time today! Where does this interview find you now? Is there music playing in the background?
Thank you for taking the time to ask me these questions. This interview finds me in my hometown of Annapolis, Maryland, sitting on my back porch after a pretty intense Maryland thunderstorm. The air is still a bit sticky with the rain and heat. There is only the music of the crickets and frogs in the pond. Honestly, some of my favorite tracks ever produced right there.
Now that we are on the back end of the year, how do you think 2018 has treated you and your career? What has been one goal that you have had this year and how close are you to reaching it? Or did you already reach it?
2018 has been an epic year for my career. I finally feel like things are flowing in a coherent direction. It is very exciting. I had a goal to put out music I love that has a message of love. And! I have done it. So this is good.
Growing up, was music always a big part of your life? Can you recall your first ever musical experience? Can you see yourself ever doing anything else?
Music has always been a huge part of my life. From bopping around in the back of my dads car to James Taylor, Led Zeppelin and Carol King, to singing in acapella groups and concert choir. However, I think the biggest way music wiggled its way to the center of my experience was through dance. I grew up as a competitive acrobatic dancer and it led me to understand and obsess over music in a very physical way. I was always hunting new music to choreograph to and find mini worlds to explore emotionally through movement. I can never do anything else to me because at this point, everything is music. The thing that keeps us alive is a beat. 😊 So no matter where this crazy life journey take me, the core of it all is powered by music.
What has been the biggest surprise so far about making music your career? What has been an unexpected or welcome challenge to it all?
I am constantly surprised and that is the best part. 😊 Things in this industry are always changing and that can be pretty crazy at times, but I’ve found if I can continue to make it all part of the game it stays fun.
How do you think you and your music have been influenced by your hometown and where you live today?
Thunderstorms and missing thunderstorms.
I’m curious to know being a singer-songwriter, an acrobatic dancer and yogini all balance out in your brain? Also, how do you have time for all these things? Do you find that you enjoy doing one over the other these days?
Oddly enough it all comes from the same place in my brain I believe. Well, the creative part doesn’t really come from my brain…that more so comes from the magic ethers of the universe, I’m just one of the lucky ones who has chosen to stay open enough to catch it. But it definitely comes from the same source and doesn’t usually need balancing out. Movement and music are so intertwined in my being, making a choice of one or the other isn’t really an option. My body is my instrument in a lot of different ways. I feel like I’m just taking feelings in, shaking them up, and sending them back out so people have another way of experiencing them and processing. Sometimes I gotta do that with sounds and sometimes with movement. Most of the time it’s a little of both.
What was the inspiration for your single, “Petah Bread Rocketship”? How does it compare to any other music that you have released and worked on?
Petah Bread was inspired by amazing collaboration. It’s a special thing with so much love woven into every part, including a little cameo from my 5-year old niece Hadley. It is a completely different thing than anything I have released so far, and was itself a mighty fun exploration of where it’s possible to take a simple song.
When do you hope to release more new music and a full album of new songs?
I have a new single coming out end of October, and then probably a few more after that. Definitely an album after that and well…more music following that as well. I hope it never stops.
We are currently living through a very trying and politically charged time right now so I am curious to know how your own music is reflecting this time period or is your music more of an escape from all that?
I don’t think there is a way to make music that is not reflective of the times. If it is an authentic expression, even things that give you a break or “escape” are a reflection of what we need collectively as humans. I love to write songs that pull people into a greater realization of self with a lot of love and grace. That, to me, is the best way to help this politically charged time move in the direction of peace.
What has it been like keeping up with your social media accounts and all of the different platforms? Is it hard to stay up to date on it all? What would you say is your favorite way to connect with your fans now?
Social Media is tough for me sometimes. I get into it in waves. I like to share interesting content that makes people think or feel good. My favorite, I would say is Instagram, because sometimes a picture says enough.
Who are some of your favorite artists or rather, what musicians have continued to inspire you and your music? Who would you absolutely still love to work with in the future?
Joni Mitchell is my girl. So inspired by her always. Actually I got to meet her. Cried in her arms, she got it. Very special. I am excited to work with any and all awesome and authentic creators who come into my path.
If you were going to be stranded on a deserted island forever, what musical item would you take with you and why?
Well, this is a little tricky. I’d love to have a Yamaha concert grand. It could definitely double as wind/sun protection. However…keeping that babe tuned may be a nightmare. So I think my trusty taylor guitar, that thing magically stays tuned pretty well, even in hot yoga classes and Burning Man. Do we have power? A solar generator perhaps? Because then I could go laptop with midi keyboard and Ableton, and my options would be unlimited. Forever is a long time…I guess I don’t have answers, just more questions.
If your music was going to be featured on any TV show that is currently on right now, which would you love it to be on? Or if you prefer, what is a movie that you love that you wish your music was featured in?
I have a really silly secret desire to be played on the TV show Criminal Minds. I was oddly obsessed with that show and the character Reid. It would be cool to sing in the background of him being all smart and making a profile of the serial killer. I also would love, love to have a song on Netflix’s Orange Is The New Black.
Do you have any tour dates you would like to tell our readers about? What has been a favorite performance of yours? What do you think makes an idea show for you? What’s next on your musical agenda?
We have a residency coming up in December at The Bootleg Theater. Then I will be heading out on a European Tour to open up for Karmic in the spring. Next on my agenda is simply to keep going and making dope art. 😊
At the end of the day, what do you hope your fans take away from your music? I’d like to know more about how you want your music to be timeless?
I hope my fans feel connected when they listen to my music. Connected to themselves, their bodies, hearts and spirits. Each other as well. 😊 I think if I can achieve that, it will be timeless, because we can and will always be able to connect deeper to love.
Is there anything else that you would like to share with our readers about yourself or your music?
I don’t think so. Thank you, thank you, thank you! Go out and make art!