Bella Kaye is young at heart and wise in lyrics. Having discovered her love for music at a young age, she was introduced to it since she was a baby. From “mommy and me” music classes to going to many toddler concerts, the young artist would love to put on shows for her family as well. Loving every moment in the entertainment industry, Kaye released her latest music in Septemeber and is on the uphill climb of a lifetime! Make sure to stay tuned!
When did your love for music develop and how did you initially get your start?
Music has always been a huge part of my life starting at a very young age, and I’ve loved to sing and perform for as long as I can remember. I was introduced to music when I was a baby. I started going to “mommy and me” music classes when I was about 6 months old and saw many kids concerts as a toddler. One of my favorite things to do as a child was putting on shows for my family. I loved having an audience. My mom recognized my passion early on and got me involved in musical theater and the Chicago Children’s Choir. After spending several years doing that, my path as a singer-songwriter became more serious when I moved to Southern California. I started recording in a music studio each week and began posting covers to my YouTube channel and Instagram account. I also began regularly performing at local coffee shops, festivals and county fairs. In 2018 I started writing my own music and in 2019 I released my debut original single “Heartache”. Since then I have released my debut EP and four additional singles.
Which musician’s body of work impressed you and provided you with a path to emulate as you were building on your career?
I’m a huge fan of Taylor Swift and have admired her since I was really young. I grew up listening to her music and as a young child I used to run around the house singing her songs (I even dressed up as her for Halloween once lol!). As I got older, I began to really understand and appreciate all her talents and started seeing her through new lenses. I really admire her storytelling and her ability to creatively paint a picture and bring descriptive stories to life through her songs. She’s also an amazing performer. In 2018 I went to her Reputation Stadium Tour twice and will never forget the feeling of seeing her perform live. This really inspired me to begin writing my original music. Elements of her music and style definitely influence me in my own songwriting and sound. Taylor is also so good to her fans and is very savvy on the business side of music. She’s so impressive on so many levels.
Tell us about “Empty Promises”. What is the song about and what’s your overall message?
The concept of “Empty Promises” was born from a situation in my life that greatly affected me. I felt that I had been let down many times when someone promised me something but never followed through. It was upsetting, and I wrote the song to help me make sense of what I was feeling. I hope listeners can take away that accepting the truth is important, even if it’s difficult to face.
As an artist, what are some of your biggest challenges when it comes to working on your craft versus the business part of music?
When it comes to my craft I would say my self doubt is one of my biggest challenges. I have a lot of self doubt that comes and goes. I sometimes cycle in and out of phases when I question everything I am doing. I think this is a pretty common thing for artists to struggle with. For me it’s not always as easy to focus on the business side as I would rather be making music. The business side is very complex and can feel overwhelming but I am trying to learn as much as I can. Getting my music heard by more people can be challenging and can also take a while.
What have been some of your most memorable moments in your young career thus far?
Definitely my first performance at the San Diego County Fair and producing and releasing my original music. My first fair performance was on a large stage in front of a lot of people. I remember checking in for soundcheck and feeling incredibly nervous. When I first saw the stage and the crowd I didn’t think I could do it. However, once I was on stage, it felt so right and ended up being an exhilarating feeling and an amazing experience. I had so much fun, and it was a big turning point for me. This performance, as well as seeing the Reputation Stadium Tour, inspired me to begin writing my original music. Other memorable moments have been producing my songs. I love seeing my songs that started off as an idea from my head come to life through the production process and then having them released to the world. It’s an amazing feeling when someone tells me my music, that began as a way for me to cope with a situation, resonates with them.
If you weren’t working as a musician and artist, what type of career would catch your interest instead?
I would definitely still do something in the industry. I’ve always been intrigued with the production side, and it’s something I want to learn more about in the future so I’d probably choose being a music producer. I think an actress would also be a lot of fun.
When it comes to fashion, which designers and style appeal most to your personality?
I would say Brandy Melville mixed with Topshop jeans and Zara. These are some of my favorite stores. I would describe my fashion style as trendy, cute, and casual, and think these designers having a great selection of clothing that I love.
What are some fun projects you have developed?
I released a new single on September 18th. This one has a more edgy type of a vibe than my other songs. Make sure to follow my Instagram @iambellakaye and website www.bellakaye.com to stay updated!
By Alex Marie