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Featured, Indie Focus Published: June 1, 2011

Kry-style – Caged Bird (Alicia Keys Cover)

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Exclusive Interview

Tell us about where you are from and how you got to this position today.
I was born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts. There, I grew up with my parents and four brothers. As a young child, I always loved to sing, but I was too afraid to share it with others. It wasn’t until my freshman year of high school that I overcame this fear. Then, I began singing solos in Gospel Chorus and gained a love for performing. From that point forward, I actively volunteered to sing at any opportunity presented to me. I always knew that I wanted to be a singer and spent countless time dreaming of a music career. No matter how much I distracted myself, I could always hear music constantly playing in my head.  It wasn’t until after I graduated college that I chose to channel one-hundred percent of my energy in my passion, singing. I realized that it was my responsibility to pursue the life that I want to live.

What are you currently working on and what can we expect to see?
Currently, I am working on a few Cape Verdean songs with a rapper, TwoFace Dejavu, and songwriter, Ricky Tavares. Cape Verde is an island nation off the west coast of Africa, and it is where my family is from. As a result, some of the music that I am producing has Cape Verdean elements. I am also working on an album that I am excited to release. I have a few concerts coming up in Boston. Information concerning my performances is available on my Facebook page.

Tell us about one of the hardest challenges you had to face in the industry?
Several singing opportunities involve performing original music. Not developing my writing skills served as a barrier in these instances. I would always wait for others to write songs that appealed to me.  I am now looking within to find lyrics to sing. Every day, I listen to a beat that moves me and write anything that comes to mind. It has been interesting observing my abilities blossom. I am looking forward to seeing where this will take me.

What was one of the biggest setbacks in your career and how did you bounce back?
It took me a while to truly pursue my music career. Instead of moving immediately in that direction, I chose to study business management in college. Although this can be viewed as a setback, I find myself using what I learned in school to my advantage in furthering my music career; after all, it is a business. Today, I have sacrificed everything to follow my passion. This is who I am, and I have made the decision to live and breathe it.

What are some things artists need to be careful of?
I’ve learned not to get caught up with trying to become famous and make tons of money. My focus as an artist is the pleasure singing gives me and sharing that joy with others. I see fame and fortune as just a potential byproduct, not an overarching goal. It will come as you exercise your passion all of the time. A friend of mine once told me to look down at my feet when I walk. Don’t look ahead at where you are going, and don’t focus on where you came from.  Enjoy the journey.

What suggestions do you have for other artists like yourself?
Music is who I am, and I would suggest that an artist like me never stop singing.

What are the best ways to sell your products as an artist?
Lately my focus has been live music.  I often use open mic nights as a way of presenting myself to different venues.  I invite people to my shows by creating events on Facebook and by word of mouth. Selling tickets is also productive.

What is one of your favorite ways to promote yourself and your music?
My favorite way promote myself and my music is posting videos of my music on YouTube. I like the fact that it is open to the public and easily accessible.

Where can people visit you?
You can find me on Facebook under Krystyle or on my personal page under Crystal Tavares.


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