Kyra Gray is a singer/songwriter who explores many different genres. Her fusion of music can be found on her first E.P “Liquid Pretty,” produced entirely by Alex Hunter. Kyra’s experiences make her feel like she’s lived five different lives in only 24 years.
She says her life was mostly chaotic, especially with moving around a lot; however, Kyra has recently found herself living in what feels like a beautiful dream. This personal evolution and newfound happiness translate into her new single “Dreamland Pt.1”.
“Dreamland Pt.1” takes us into a beautifully patient and flow-ey journey. Kyra’s voice is like water. Her airy atmospheric sound makes you space out, as well as lifts your spirit to what feels like a higher calling. The futuristic production of the record mixed with Kyra’s smooth vocals blends together, creating the perfect trance.
The song feels like a comforting lullaby. Kyra went from feeling despair most days to gaining a breakthrough type of confidence and peace in herself. She captured those emotions and put them into the form of a song, creating a Dreamland for all of us to travel through.
Congratulations on your new captivating single, "Dreamland Pt.1"! We love the honesty that emanates from "Dreamland" can you please tell us a little bit more about the story behind the song. Do you recall the moment that sparked the idea for it?
Thank you so much! We appreciate it! My boyfriend (alex.hunter, he produced this song) and I started working on this song with one idea in mind - it has to be beautiful. I'm very in love with him, and the song is really about that feeling; being so happy, or in love, or impassioned that it just feels like a dream. I can't pinpoint any moment that sparked the inspiration. It was an ongoing thing. When he showed me his finished beat, we would use it for the song. I remember tearing up a bit because I knew I could write something that would blow us away. When I went to record my vocals, I really let all my emotions pour out of me, and it was a great release. Half the song doesn't have lyrics because I was more focused on the feeling in my voice and getting my emotions to come through. And I really think I did that.
Your writing and performance are both beautiful and intriguing. What did you mean by "No tomorrow is ever promised, but I promise you forever "?
Thank you! That line is about two things. I've gone through a lot in my life, and there were times I didn't want to be here anymore. So, I promise myself forever. This song is kind of like my way of proving to myself that I'll never give up. Then, of course, the second meaning would be that I promise my boyfriend forever. He is a huge reason why I am as happy in my life as I am, and even if tomorrow doesn't happen, he has changed my life forever for the better, and I'll always be grateful for that.
The message within this song and the emotions you express are so relatable. Do you have any advice for someone who is searching for that peace and happiness that you've now experienced?
All I can say is to keep pushing, no matter what. There were so many times when I wanted to give up my entire life. I hated my life and every part of it. But I kept pushing and kept working my ass off. If I had given up, I would have had no idea the blessings that were right in front of me. As soon as I realized I was the only one holding myself back, I got out there and did whatever I could possibly do to get my life on track. It took me years, but it's so incredibly worth it.
How and when did your musical journey begin? What inspired you to start writing?
I've loved music ever since I was a toddler. I used to put on "shows" for my mom and grandma by dressing up in crazy costumes and wigs and dancing around our family room with a fake microphone. I actually started writing poetry when I was in 2nd grade. My love of music and love of writing kind of overlapped as I got into my older teen years, but I didn't start writing intentional songs until I was about 21. I've always used writing as a way to cope with some difficult things going on in my life or to just express any emotion I'm feeling. I feel like, at this point, my brain is kind of "programmed" to start writing a song as soon as I get an urge to. Writing melodies, especially harmonies, is my favorite part.
What's next for you?
Well, Dreamland, Pt. 2 is on its way... Keeping to my philosophy, I'm just gonna continue pushing myself and working hard. Beautiful things have happened in my life once I started realizing that all I have to do is keep going.