Kfhox – L-O-V-E

Kfhox has allowed music to be the north star leading her life’s path. The New Yorker turned Nashville transplant says music has been a part of her DNA for as long as far back as she can remember. “From the time I could talk, I turned everything into a song or a commercial. It was something just innately in me,” Kfhox explains. As a young girl, journals turned into songbooks as writing was her personal therapy. KFhox recalls writing offering her an opportunity to find her voice at times when she felt overlooked or invisible. While she was naturally honing her writing, the other side of being a musician was being developed playing drums for her school. Kfhox played drums from elementary school to high school. Writing poems and sonnets transitioned to writing verses and translating melodies and Kfhox found both passion and purpose as a singer/songwriter. A free spirit by nature Kfhox’s headphones throughout her teen years were filled with many different styles of music. “My mom adored musicals and made sure we had season passes to PPAC in Rhode Island when I was growing up. I knew all the words and could sing every character’s parts, from Jesus Christ Superstar to Les Miserables and everything in between. The woman that raised me, and her youngest son, were some of the biggest Beatles freaks I ever met- it was contagious. I couldn’t get enough of their melodies and lyrics. I went to see Ringo Starr in 5th grade, the year I started drumming in school, and aspired to be the next Karen Carpenter. I took voice lessons at a young age and my voice coach, RI Hall of Famer, Gerry Granahan, had me studying a heavy dose of Karen Carpenter & Anne Murray. I was hooked and listened to The Carpenters every day before school. When I was in junior high, I started listening to Bob Marley and could feel the palpable message and vibe of the music,” Kfhox explains of her early influences. She soaked up as much as she could from as many sources as possible, admiring the varying cadences and melodies from various styles of music. Years later after quitting her corporate job, Kfhox realized her love for various styles was evident in her personal approach to music. She re-located from NY to Nashville and surprisingly the city girl felt immediately at home in the charming country-driven city. She started guitar lessons and allowed the discipline to color her approach to songwriting. She enrolled in guitar lessons and believes the instrument made her an even better songwriter. With her natural talent for music and years of musical training, Kfhox took a leap of faith and quit her job and started a crowdfunding campaign for her first album. She raised over $11k but most importantly she confirmed her internal belief that music was her destiny. She started connecting with fans on an intimate level and her confidence rose even more. Her grassroots approach and campaign allowed her to receive invaluable feedback from fans of her independent project. “Many of my fans have shared deeply personal experiences with me and I feel like there’s a level of trust and honesty that exists between us,” Kfhox explains. Today Kfhox is excited about her new album Love 360, a completely different album from her 1st album “Journey of a GemInEye”, which shows her growth as a musician but more importantly as a woman. Besides her album she has become an ambassador for mental health and for helping other women explore a healthy body image. She enjoys infusing brands like Forever 21 Plus with her thrifting expression to help women embrace their best selves. Kfhox says she hopes to touch more audiences with her music and with her social media outreach. “Since that release in 2015 and my spoken word album in 2018, I’ve done extensive inner work and the result of that work is this album. I’ve learned to let go of so many of the old stories that became part of my narrative and created the space for new messages to move through me as a songwriter and a singer. This album feels like my arrival after 10 years on the live music scene and has a much more mainstream vibe with the same nuances that my fans have come to know and love me for. This album reflects the new level of self-love I’m operating from and truly radiates that ascension,” Kfhox explains. What inspires you to make music? I truly believe we don’t choose music- music chooses ya! Music has saved my life and I’m inspired everyday to create the kind of music that will hold that space for others. Losing my mom this year inspired music from a whole new space and I pray my music can help others to live more from their heart. Tell us about this project? My upcoming album, “Love 360°,” is truly the full spectrum of love, from friendships, family, to intimate love. Love brings up amazing feelings of joy, but also brings up everything it’s not. I wrote this entire album in a five month span after losing my mom and entering the first committed relationship in over 5 years. The album is produced by Darin “D-Roc” James of Stinger Boy Entertainment. I felt like I met my musical soul mate from the very first session we had together- perhaps why writing this album felt so natural and recording it was such a labor of love. Who were your musical inspirations growing up? The Beatles, Karen Carpenter, Anne Murray, Lost Boyz, Outkast, Enigma, Bob Marley, Broadway Musicals. The WHY is wide and vast, but comes down to three main sources- my biological family, the family that raised me, and my time as a drummer from elementary school to high school. My mom adored musicals and made sure we had season passes to PPAC in Rhode Island when I was growing up. I knew all the words and could sing every character’s parts, from Jesus Christ Superstar to Les Miserables and everything in between. The woman that raised me, and her youngest son, were some of the biggest Beatles freaks I ever met- it was contagious. I couldn’t get enough of their melodies and lyrics. I went to see Ringo Starr in 5th grade, the year I started drumming in school, and aspired to be the next Karen Carpenter. I took voice lessons at a young age and my voice coach, RI Hall of Famer, Gerry Granahan, had me studying a heavy dose of Karen Carpenter & Anne Murray. I was hooked and listened to The Carpenters everyday before school. When I was in junior high, I started listening to Bob Marley and could feel the palpable message and vibe of the music. Recording a reggae song at Bob Marley’s studio back in 2013 was a dream come true. As I got into high school, percussion became more and more prevalent in my life and my circle of friends changed. They introduced me to Lost Boys & Outkast and that was it…it was like I had found this music that spoke of a life I knew very little about, but their delivery of the stories, their cadence and flow, ushered me into a love affair with hiphop. As for Enigma, that also came from Kathy, the woman who raised me. She loved Yanni, Kenny G, and Enigma- Enigma intrigued me. I couldn’t listen to the music at night because certain parts of it actually scared me, but I loved it just the same. My taste in music is as vast as the ocean and reflects how I feel as a person- a culmination of all my experiences without any limitation or need to put myself in one particular box. You can hear so many of these different sounds integrated into my own music. Are You Working On Any New Projects? Yes! We’re releasing two singles over the next couple months. “good Thing” will be coming out this October and it’s a feel good pop record with a hip hop feature. On November 13th, we’re releasing “North Star,” the song I wrote for my mother, on the – year anniversary of her passing. It will also have a lyric video paying tribute to my mom. My second full length album, “Love 360°,” will be released at the beginning of 2020, setting the pace for an amazing new year of music. How long have you been creating music? Music has been the thread that has sown together every chapter of my life. It saved my life during some of my darkest times. It let me know I wasn’t alone. From the time I could talk, I turned everything into a song or a commercial. It was something just innately in me. Music was always part of my life and when I lost my job in 2009 after being relocated back to NYC from Florida, I was overqualified for the jobs I was applying for. I figured if I couldn’t get a job doing what I didn’t really want to do, it was time to take a leap of faith. I crowdsourced by first project in 2011 and raised $5,155 in 32 days through Kickstarter- it was the reassurance I needed that I was on the right path. Since then, I’ve raised over $11,000 to fund my music and I never looked back. Do you want to say anything to the people who support your music? THANK YOU!!! My entire life has been centered around music in one way, shape, or form. When I lost my job back in 2009, it was the catalyst for me to ask for help from people who had believed in me as a singer long before that and had always encouraged me to pursue music in a bigger way. My Kickstarter campaign empowered those people, and others, to invest in my music, enabling me to make a dream a reality. I have included them in so much of the process from the very beginning. I’ve shared my experiences from a very personal space and invited them into my life in an intimate way. During my time on the live music scene, I connected with every fan individually after shows. I never took a new fan lightly and I ensured that we stayed connected beyond the night of a show. I performed on countless stages and took the same personal approach no matter the stage. Music has always been so personal to me; my music is even more so- my fans are such an integral part of my journey. Review! Indie Pop artist Kfhox just released a new single titled, “L-O-V-E.” This is a fun and catchy song that is well written and produced. L-O-V-E is upbeat, great to dance to and I could even see it being picked up for Tv/Film placement. I can tell Kfhox takes her craft very seriously. The attention to detail in the production and songwriting is impressive. This is a great record. The chorus is addictive and will force you to join in. Add L-O-V-E to your music playlist today! Anthony Barksdale IndieNation Twitter:officialkfhox Instagram:kfhox Facebookkfhox

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