- Bryon Harris
Kay Soul - 'This Life'
Review by Daniel Deprè & Staff
“This Life” is a soulful and rhythmic song. Right from the start the beat is very catchy and is guaranteed to get you moving along with the rhythm. Thanks to some powerful vocals and creative arranging this song is so full of life and hope. The songs message is infectious, and it really provides a sense of uplifting power that most songs nowadays don’t provide. Above all, this track is undeniably cool. It has such confidence, and its production is top notch.
Lyrically, Kay Soul understands that so many people wake up each day just to face unrelenting anxieties and struggles. Her lyrics offer such inspiration for all of us, and she wraps these words of hope in a wonderful poetic bow. “In and out the hustle and bustle of the times. Each day and night praying for peace of mind, do you see all the possibilities to have life and have it more abundantly?” Kay Soul really wants you to fully love yourself and to have faith in yourself. “Dream killas wanna tell you what you can and cannot do but you can, and you will, so get to it.”
The arrangement is certainly abundant and loving life. The song kicks off with some tastefully busy and light percussion to act as the backbone of the beat. Once the electronic drums kick in the song thrusts into motion. Kay Soul’s vocals are so warm and slick, and they are further enhanced by the really colorful background vocals. All of the vocals really create an amazing sense of unity, which helps make this songs message all the more empowering. Filling out the arrangement is piano, a synth pad, and synth strings, which are impeccably layered to give this song a cinematic boost.
“This Life” is all about empowerment and positivity and it’s such a pleasure to listen to over and over.
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About Kay Soul
Kay Soul is a recording artist, songwriter, and aspiring plus model based in Chicago. Kay began singing and writing songs in elementary school and recorded her first solo song at the age of 19. Kay Soul is a 2020 W.A.M (We are the Music Makers) Winner for Best R&B album for “Hiding In Plain Sight” and nominee for the HerSong Blog artist of the year award for her May 2020 release, “Blood In My Veins”.
In October 2020, Kay released her new album “In My Mind” distributed by The Orchard, a subsidiary of Sony Music. Wrapped in a theme of broken and beautiful, Kay shared the broken pieces of herself with the intent of inspiring listeners to find the beauty in their broken spaces. To date, “In My Mind” has been Kay’s most successful project garnering over 15k streams within the first 3 months, resonating with her audience, and critically acclaimed by several notable music blogs and podcasts. Society of Sound included Kay Soul as part of their 2021 roll out of meaningful artists to watch, calling Kay “a ray of sunshine, showing people that there is still beauty to found, even when we’re feeling down.” (SOS Music Media, January 2021). In reference to the song “Silly Love”, A&R Factory, a top ten music blog in the UK, highlighted Kay’s cultural relevance stating, “while plenty of people had fun discussing whether WAP was a feminist track, artists such as KaySoul was cooking up the most empowering track that I’ve heard this year.” (A&R Factory, November 2020.) Indie Spoonful stated that “Kay Soul is a serious contender, and an artist to watch, in today’s R & B music scene.”
Kay has performed at several high-profile events including headlining at Elbo Room Chicago and Underground Wonder Bar, the Silver Room Block Party, Full Figured Fashion Week in New York City and singing The National Anthem at the NBA matchup between Milwaukee and Orlando. During the pandemic, Kay Soul continues to perform, creating an intimate setting in her home studio while streaming live to fans across the world. Kay went international performing for Paris based music platform Dorhema and streaming her album release celebration on the UK based music platform Show4me during the One Nation Under God Music Festival. Kay Soul was the featured artist of the week in Chicago Music Guide July 2020 and highlighted as an inspiring story in Voyage LA magazine in August 2020.
Kay Soul is a Brand Ambassador and cause warrior for mental health awareness. She was May 2020 featured guest on the Podcast, Tea Time With Monica, discussing mental health and healing. Kay is currently working on a new concept EP entitled “Connections”, a companion project to “In My Mind” that will introduce 5 new stories examining connections both with ourselves and others. Her music can be heard on multiple platforms in countries around the world.