Interview: Kathryn Dean
Wed, 26 Aug 2015 11:24:16
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Meet the young singer with the strong voice.
Kathryn Dean possesses an instantly irresistible voice, and it drives her full-length debut Hit The Lights. The Southern California songstress definitely evokes Adele and Stevie Nicks with her seductively smoky baritone and robust delivery, but she adds her own panache, poise, and passion. As a result, she emerges as one of the world's most exciting new singer-songwriters, and she classes up modern pop. Her single "Be My Sin" has already blown up in Brazil with thing heating up back home in the states now. We spoke to her in this exclusive interview about Hit The Lights and so much more.
What was your vision for Hit The Lights from start to finish?
Since this album was my introduction into the music world, I really wanted it to be the best possible reflection of me. The songs that I chose for the album were the ones that I either had a hard time getting out of my head or that seemed to evoke the strongest emotional response from the audience members at my various shows. After all, one of the greatest things about music is its ability to make people feel connected and like their stories—or at least the basic emotions behind their stories—are being told. As an artist, I feel like it is my job to provide my listeners with that opportunity to connect, and Hit The Lights gave me the chance to do so.
Is it important for you to tell stories with the songs? They're very visual!
I try to write songs with stories that are what I call, "uniquely vague." That means they're specific enough to let the listener know the message of the song and to allow them to get a visual in their head of the storyline and characters, but also non-descript enough that the listeners have room to insert their own details. I believe that when you strip the details away from our stories, we all go through the same emotional journey, just in different orders.
"Be My Sin" really stands out. What's the story behind that song and what does it mean to you?
Based on the title of the song and the story line of the music video, people often assume that the song is about an affair, but that isn't actually how the song came to be. I wrote the song last summer after graduating from high school and watching the dilemma that couples were facing as they prepared to move on to the next stage of their lives. So to me, this song more about not worrying about the future and life's interferences but rather living in the moment with the person you are with.
Watch the music video for "Be My Sin" from Kathryn Dean: