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    Fri, 13 Jul 2012 13:53:29

    Take Aim: Kayla Brianna vs. Amy Sciarretto - Kayla's former NBA star dad chimes in

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    Teen sensation and newly minted Interscope recording artist Kayla Brianna, daughter of two-time champion NBA star Kenny Smith, was brave enough to go mano y mano with Amy Sciarretto for this Take Aim segment. She's new to the business, but dad taught her well. He even chimed in. It was a handicap match -- as there were two of them and one of us, but by the end, we were all in love! Kayla's on the verge, so remember, you read it here first.

    If you were not doing music, you'd be:
    If I was not doing music I would definitely still be doing something in the entertainment industry...probably something to do with film.

    Can you give us a little inside info on "If You Love Me" -- share a favorite story about performing it or so?
    "If You Love Me" is a cover to Brownstone's original song, "If You Love Me" which was introduced to the world in the '90s. I really loved the message that the song gave. It's very universal and relatable to any audience so having that be the first visual and sound any one has heard from me was awesome! So far, I've enjoyed performing on the #1 girl tour with Mindless Behavior, Lil' Twist, and Jacob Latimore.

    Any non-music talents or hobbies?
    I used to play basketball, and still have somewhat of a jump shot. I think basketball always surrounded me growing up that it was necessary that I play at some point. [laughs]

    Tell us three items you MUST bring on tour with you?
    I must have my perfumes, sweat pants and camera!

    What is life with an NBA dad like?
    To me, Kenny Smith has always just been "dad." I still get disciplined, and still have to do my chores and babysit when im home. I'm thankful for my family's support throughout this journey.

    And now for dad:

    Advice to Kayla on stardom?

    Don't look at the prize, enjoy the work.

    Are there musical parallels to the NBA?
    They are both very similar; the same inner strength you need to be a great athlete you need to be a great artist. Discipline, hard work and prayer are the three things athletes will tell you they do the most, which I'm sure correlates to a successful performance on stage

    . Don't you just love them? What a cool father-daughter pairing.

    —Amy Sciarretto
    07.13.12



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