Happy Monday, readers!
Our “Music Monday” artist this week goes to Kylie Hughes, the singer/songwriter who birthed “Calipopicana.”
Kylie first caught the attention of producer Earle Mankey, a onetime member of the renowned L.A. band Sparks, who has produced and engineered such artists as Elton John, The Beach Boys, The Pop, The Runaways and Concrete Blonde. Kylie played and sang a 90-minute set for Mankey at his studio, and he signed on to produce her debut album, along with Kylie, John Ferriter and John Finseth. The tracks – “Calipopicana,” “Short Skirts,” “Maliblues,” “Dream Dream Dream,” “Wish You Were Dead,” and “Leave Them Wanting More” were recorded at Mankey’s SoCal based studio, Earle’s Psychedelic Shack.
When Kylie picks up a guitar and starts singing she does it so effortlessly. How does she describe her sound? One word: “Calipopicana,” which she trademarked. It’s a mix of her California roots – reminding you of the Beach boys – with classic pop and Americana soul. Her original sound inspired the album and title track name – Calipopicana – which dropped on October 13 and is now available on iTunes.
We got to catch up with Kylie Hughes at her album release party held at the Ivy at the Shore on Thursday, October 16, 2014 in Santa Monica, CA. Kylie stuck to her California roots with a nautical, southern-California theme for her party. Guests walked into a beautiful venue filled with food, drinks, and a photo booth. Kylie even treated her guests to a special performance of all her songs on Calipopicana and exclusively streamed her new music video “Maliblues” for the first time ever.
What we love the most about Kylie is her original sound and the truth behind her lyrics. She writes all of her music and some are even from her own personal experiences!
To puchase Calipopicana, click here. Interview + photos from Kylie’s release party below!
Kylie Hughes Interview