On Halloween, I was in Atlanta (as I normally am each year) at the EyeCon Vampire Diaries/The Originals Convention and was invited by my friend to see Kylie Beniamino perform at a local venue. We all have those friends who we know only recommend someone when they are GOOD, so I knew I was in for a great night. What I didn’t know was that I would be truly blown away by the stage presence of this young woman and her voice.
Kylie really does command the stage and has such charm to her voice. For those of you who do venture out to bars on Halloween, you know the crowd is not exactly focused on much after midnight. However, when Kylie took the stage, all eyes (and ears) were on her and that is a rare thing in a bar atmosphere. Since hearing her, I find myself imagining how she would perform new songs I hear by my favorite artists on the radio too! (true story!!)
Besides being able to command the crowds attention, Kylie is also a very kind soul who I was delighted to talk to that night (morning) and the next day as well when she surprised us with a visit at EyeCon. Selfishly, I knew I had to ask her to do an interview and luckily, she agreed. I am so thrilled to be able to introduce all of you to Kylie Beniamino and her music! But unselfishly, I knew I could bring her to you all, so it pans out in the end! I hope you check her out on social media and her website. If you are in the Atlanta area, be sure to catch a show when you can. I am confident you will find her as charming and talented as I do.
Q: Has music always been a big part of your life?
Kylie Beniamino: YES! Growing up I always wanted to sing and perform anytime I could. Before I could even make words as a little girl I was always dancing around in my kitchen humming and mumbling songs haha. My dad said Barney was all I ever wanted to watch and sing a long to. So as I got older my dad bought me a karaoke machine and I had one of those little round trampolines that I would stand on and use as my stage. I think I’ve always known in my heart that there is nothing else I would rather do than sing, so I’ve stuck with it!
Q: I saw you perform in Atlanta and you did an amazing job covering some great songs! As an artist, how do you keep your individuality even when you are covering a popular song?
KB: Thank you! You know it can be super tricky. I usually just listen to songs and ask myself how I would sing them and run with it! I usually just keep songs that people usually respond well to, and I take home requests and try to find a way to fit them into my set.
Q: When musicians are starting out, they normally have to play bars and clubs. I definitely noticed that you have a real stage presence. How do you maintain the crowds’ attention even as the night goes on and they may have had a few (or many) drinks?
KB: Thank you! It is so much fun playing bars and clubs! It has actually really helped me develop a stage presence over the years. But back to your question, I think keeping their attentions has to do with knowing your audience, and what they are feeling in that moment. Sometimes we don’t follow our set list and call out a song we think the crowd will go crazy for. Usually throwbacks that people don’t expect you to sing end up getting the crowds energy really high. I take a lot of responsibility when I’m on stage and know that all eyes are on me, and the more fun I’m having the more the crowd will feed into that.
Q: Who are some of your favorite artists to cover?
KB: Demi Lovato, Katy Perry, Jessie J, and Bruno Mars for sure!
Q: Who would you absolutely LOVE to perform with someday?
KB: Easy…Jessie J! Her voice is insane! She seems like a cool chick too. I definitely hope to be on a friend basis with her someday haha.
Q: You have a terrific band. How did you all meet?
KB: The band you actually saw me perform with was the house band for that venue! They are great guys, and we play that venue together all the time. But I actually have my own band that plays my other shows with me. We all met through producers, and friends of friends. They’re amazing! I’m so blessed to be surrounded by so many great musicians. You need to hear them!
Q: After meeting you and talking with you, I know you are very grounded. That’s very rare with young peope in the music and entertainment industry. What do you think about young stars who take what they have for granted?
KB: You know everyone starts somewhere Tommy, and you never really know everyone’s story or where they came from, so I don’t know if I am in place to judge. All I can say is no matter if you’ve made it, it is still a journey so you should always try and remain humble and grounded throughout your entire journey and career. Your career can always end just as fast as it started.
Q: Where can we find you & your music online?
KB: YES! FOLLOW ME PLEASE! You can follow me:
Q: Tell us what’s up for you next? Performances? Appearances?
KB: Well I just got done attending the Driven Music Conference in Atlanta. (Was amazing by the way). But my upcoming shows are December 12th At Fado’s Irish Pub in Buckhead, December 19th at Park Bench, December 20th at Castleberry Ale House, and then December 30th I am doing the pre game show for the Atlanta Hawks! Times and more Info are on my website!