Kaelynne Joye Mason, aka K. Joye, is an American R&B soul artist out of Atlanta, GA. Born into a family of singers, Joye’s passion for music began at a young age. Her musical journey began at the age 4 when she was singing in church and by 16 she was writing and recording music. Joye wants to prove that you can receive an education while pursuing your dream and is currently on her way to receive her Master’s degree in Law from Regent University. K. Joye has released numerous singles such as “Act Right” and “Wave” which have appeared on radio stations such as Mystics Entertainment and received positive feedback from Hot 107.9’s Heat Seekers as well as her first album ‘The End.’ With a second album on way, K. Joye is always hard working and producing materials listeners will love.
Was there something (an experience) or someone in your life that was the "catalyst" for you to start writing music? Tell us about it.
I've been writing music since the age of 14. At that time I was always writing songs about "puppy love" or what I thought the definition of love was. Little did I know, I had no clue was true love was at that age lol. I grew up in a family of singers so music was always playing in my household. My grandfather was an author, preacher, teacher, recording artist, singer, and songwriter. He was he catalyst for me starting to write music. His passing led to me going into a deep depression. My healing process consisted of me writing about and to him. He was the catalyst of my writing because he always believed in me. It's ironic that I'm now walking in his footsteps.
Let's get this out of the way. What is the CRAZIEST thing that has ever happened to you in your music career?
The CRAZIEST thing that has ever happened to me in my music career has been when a producer that I was working with ended up liking me, took my song, and would not give it to me as a consequence of me not liking him in return. With me, business is strictly business and I'm very passionate about my craft. This is why contracts are VERY important lol. I learned my lesson and understand that everything happens for a reason. Therefore, this incident was necessary. This incident forced me to build my own in-home studio to teach myself how to produce music (which eventually lead to the completion of my album titled "The End"). Although the process was a struggle, it was still rewarding in the end.
What has been the high point of your music path?
The high point of my music path has simply been me receiving the opportunities to do what I love. I've had to pleasure to sing to Kelly Rowland when she visited my high school, Vashawn Mitchell at an event in Greenbriar Mall in Atlanta, GA, and to thousands of people in various states. I've met so many artists that I look up to and they've all inspired me either by words of encouragement or by making great music. The most memorable highlight of my music career so far has been releasing my 1st album on my own.
So, how do you approach songwriting or what is your creative process like?
I write all of the time. No matter how I feel, I write it down. Your current emotions can lead to the best songs being written because it's pure/raw emotions. Writing and singing are forms of release for me. A melody may come to my head and I'll record it in a heartbreak to avoid losing it. I light my candle, go into my home studio, create the melody on my MPK, and record the song. I don't stop recording or singing until I feel free.
What do you see as the biggest challenge facing Indie Artists today? Or, if you could ask the music industry to change one thing, what would it be?
Lack of staying true to who you are. I'm a huge advocate on staying true to who YOU are, what YOU believe in, and where YOU come from. It's easy to fall victim to conformity in this day and age. Millennials in this generation alone tend to follow trends and often lose sight of what it is that makes them different from others. I've witnessed how some millennial artists have conformed to making music like everyone else or doing it just because it's popular at the moment. In order for something to be successful, passion is needed. I've seen how the music industry has tried to change people or convince them into sounding or acting a certain way. I would ask the music industry to embrace originality a little bit more.
If you could share the stage with one other artist or band, who would it be and why?
If I could share the stage with one other artist or band, it would be PJ Morton. For one, it is my opinion that he is a lyrical and musical genius lol. His music takes me to a familiar place and reminds me of the music that I love to sing. With each cord he plays, I can feel it in my soul. It's a feeling that I can't explain. Overall, He's a humble artist who loves music and it shows.
What are your rehearsals generally like? Or, how do you prepare for a live show?
My rehearsals are very relaxing and filled with passion and focus. I love to have a candle lit in all studio sessions. The aroma from candles help to relax me and certain smells remind me of when I wrote the song, aiding me in relating to that exact moment so that I can sing the lyrics passionately. I prefer a relaxed setting because I don't like distractions when I' doing what I love. I strive for excellence in all that I do!
Pick one song that was your greatest challenge to write. Tell us about it!
Bad habits was a song that I struggled to write. It forced me to think about the toxic habits that I had to figure out how to overcome them. This song mainly focused on a toxic relationship that I was in and out of at that time in my life. I decided to write about it because it knew that it was relatable and could possibly help others think about the bad habits that they struggle with as well.
What's coming up in the future?
My gospel album titled S.O.U.L (Savior Offering Unfailing Love) is expected to be released in October of 2018. I wanted to create an album to give my gift back to the one who blessed me with it from the very beginning. In the New Year, I'll be releasing an EP consisting of anthems to motivate and celebrate women. My goal is to be a motivational artist. I love to make relatable and inspiring music.
Tell us where fans can access your music.
K. Joye in the search engine on apple music. Link: itunes.apple/us/artist/k-joye/1360917823