Kanisha K is no stranger to Indie Voice Blog. We have featured her twice before – in 2015 for her Christmas song, and this past February for “Bet on Me,” which was also nominated for best single (female) in the LA Music Critic Awards. We love what this young lady has accomplished, and her future potential as an indie artist.
“I love being able to do what I love and to inspire people who think that their dreams can’t come true. All of this is hard for me to believe sometimes, but I think everything boils down to focusing on your passion and working hard. I’m excited about the way music travels,” explains Kanisha when describing her vision. The Holland, Michigan native has embraced hit music from the past as well as the current music scene, forging a combination that allows her creative style to shine.
A couple of years ago she released her song “Oh Damn Yeah” to Top 40 and CHR Radio. The song was written and produced by uber producer Joe Vulpis (Lady Gaga, Lindsay Lohan, Richie Blackmore, Jennifer Love Hewitt) and mastered by Tom Coyne (Adele, Beyonce, Sam Smith, Taylor Swift, Pink, Ariana Grande) and recorded at Vulpis’ studio in Nashville. It seems only fitting that two years later, she is re-releasing it as a country mix.
“Working with Joe Vulpis and bringing his songs to life through the recording process was an enormous honor for me. I really fell in love with “Oh Damn Yeah” and “Never Stopped Loving You” and worked hard to preserve the integrity of both the music and the lyrics. I think we have some hits here.”
The song takes all the elements of today’s country pop scene and mixes them with this amazingly written song, keeping all the elements that made the original version such a hit while making the song attractive to another genre. It is truly ready for extended air play on a multitude of radio formats, as well as being a killer song for placement in television and film.
But as every artist knows, every story has a beginning and Kanisha’s begins at home. At a very young age, the singer was introduced to a wide array of music from her supportive parents. She credits her musical influences as Etta James, Alicia Keys and Aretha Franklin.
From singing and playing piano at age four to joining a band and playing the sax and guitar in sixth grade, Kanisha knew that vocal lessons would be the next step in her musical education. Beginning those lessons in eighth grade she went on to join her High School choir the next year and also became involved in local community
theater. Her participation in an award-winning choir ultimately took her into the studio with Robyn Robins from The Silver Bullet Band and eventually headed to Los Angeles where she recorded two songs at the legendary Capitol Records studios.
Kanisha enjoys speaking about her love of animals and is proud to live in a family that has a total of six pets – two dogs, two cats, one bird and a rabbit. She has recently gotten involved working with the HSUS (Humane Society of the U.S.) and the Keep Michigan Wolves Protected organization and plans for much more work with pet and charity foundations in the future.
We can hardly wait to see what’s next for Kanisha. She has garnered our full attention. Don’t forget to follow her on Spotify, and listen there as well.