By David Cutting
VANCOUVER — Sitting in a quaint juice shop in Vancouver’s Gastown, Kaylee Johnston exudes radiance. Her aura is buzzing and she has the energy of an artist who is about to burst into the pop music scene in a big way. She has worked hard to put herself where she is and is both poised and excited for what’s to come.
On the cusp of the release of her debut EP, Johnston is ready to share her heart with the world. Her music has evolved over the years to a place where Johnston feels that audiences and fans alike will relate, using narratives that are both familiar and meaningful.
“This album was totally inspired from a chapter of my life where I was going through a lot of changes, the biggest being heartbreak. What I hope people hear in the music is that it’s not just about that, it’s about everything I learned from my experience,” Johnston says. “I have been writing music for many years, and what I have noticed is that the really good musical ideas stick, they never leave. These are the ideas that I know come from some place other than my mind or my thoughts.”
Johnston’s music ruminates from the soul, and this is what fuels the infectious energy of her music. Her new single, “Getting Over You,” is a punchy empowerment jam that is rooted in experiencing the magic that happens when a break up turns into an opportunity. The song is a carefully written message wherein she shares her true self.
“My music comes from a deep place within my soul. Writing and singing about my experiences helps me heal, and I hope that this translates for my audience,” says Johnston.
Johnston will be celebrating her album release party this month at the Biltmore Cabaret. She observes the role of her fans and audience as it gets near.
“I want to be vulnerable with my audience and fans. I want to give them as much as they give me,” she says.
Her authenticity towards her music and her place as an artist is refreshing. It’s clear that music is where she belongs. We will be keeping a close eye on her as she flourishes.
Kaylee Johnston performs at the Biltmore Cabaret on June 3.BC, Biltmore Cabaret, British Columbia, Kaylee Johnston