With humble beginnings singing in church, Connecticut native April Kry has performed at the Apollo Theater’s Amateur Night, and appeared on national television as a background vocalist for new age singer Enya. Her new single, "Fireflies," can be heard on Sirius XM's The Highway. April took the time to talk about her beginnings, the single and what's ahead.
You have been honing your vocal skills from a very young age!
Yeah, it’s been awhile. (laughing). I have been singing since I was very young. It all started in church, as my Dad was the worship leader there. I remember my first time singing, at a Christmas show at church, when I was five years old. I sang "Silent Night" in German and from there I performed in theater in school, various fundraisers and other events.
Did you realize early on then that music was what you wanted to pursue professionally?
Yes. I knew music was what I wanted to do when I realized that I could not imagine doing anything else. Music is my passion and thankfully I had the support of my parents to get me where I am today.
A defining moment for me was when I was thirteen. I performed "God Bless America" at a gala event. I knew it was going to be special, so I prepared and prepared. It was the first big event where I sang and someone well known was there-Jermaine Jackson of the Jackson 5. After I sang, I went to get his autograph and he asked for our phone number! I remember him telling my mom that I had talent and he wanted to speak with us about my career! We were shocked! It was really amazing.
When did you start songwriting and playing the guitar?
I was writing in middle school and high school, but I didn’t pick up the guitar until I was fourteen. When I moved to Nashville a few years ago, I began co-writing, which I love. It’s amazing to get to meet people, work with them and write some cool songs.
The lyricism in country music is what drew me to the genre because when you listen to a country song, the story telling can transport you to that place. In my own songs, I like to write about experiences that we all go through and can relate to because it is important for me to be able to connect with the listener.
Do you have any particular influences either on your writing, performing or playing?
I listened to a lot of different genres growing up. I started with Contemporary Christian artists and from there fell into country. I really like Martina McBride, Shania Twain and Faith Hill.
Your new single is "Fireflies." What is the story behind that song?
“Fireflies” just brings you back to the time when you first fell in love, which is something everyone can remember. When you really listen to the lyrics in that song, they paint a picture, which I love.
The song was brought to me and when I heard it, I immediately connected with it, which is the true test of a song for me. I have to be able to identify with a song or it will just not work for me when I sing it. I knew with “Fireflies” if I could relate to it, the listener would too.
When I get to perform the song, people have such positive feedback! They love to sing along and I love seeing their reaction!
What’s ahead for 2015?
Well, we are writing and gathering songs for a new EP. But right now, my main focus is on promoting the single and preparing to shoot a video for the song, which I am really excited about!
Finally, I love to know, is there one recent release that you cannot stop listening to?
I am obsessed with Sam Hunt’s album, Montevallo. I have been listening to that non-stop. I really like John Mayer too and am always listening to his music, currently I’m playing Room for Squares.
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