couple of weeks ago, I had the privilege of doing an interview with Kelly-Lynn,
the singer on one of the 101 Dalmatians soundtrack. It was truly one of
most enjoyable interviews I have ever done. Kelly-Lynn was truly a delight
to talk with. She is soft spoken, but very determined, wholesome, yet
very friendly. She is the type of artist that stands out as light in Hollywood.
She loves God, Family and country and lives life to the fullest. One of
the other newspapers had called her the antidote of Britney Spears, which
makes a lot of sense. She is the type of girl, you hope your son would
marry some day. She has also one of the nicest singing voices that I've
ever heard in a singer.
Kelly-Lynn grew up in Ocala, Florida and she started singing when she
was just a young girl. She recounts: "I have been singing, since
I was really young in church. When I was 10 years old, I was in a school
play and it was Grease and we had to sing and dance and so I came home
and told my mom: "Mom, one day, I want to be a famous singer."
They took my word seriously and within two weeks, they put me in voice
lessons one or two times a week. I kept singing and working very hard
to master all the technical aspects of voice. Then when I was about 12,
I started singing 45 minute concerts all by myself at different halls.
Then I got my first song: "I believe," and that hit 60 Christian
Radio stations around the country and I kept getting different song writers,
offering to write for me. It's just been a complete blessing. I kept singing
and singing and recently I did the 101 Dalmatians song. That's how it
I asked Kelly-Lynn how she got to sing in all of those places. "I
had a management company, who would put in some time. We did a lot of
publicity for the concerts in newspapers, magazines, flyers, different
things like that, radio interviews. I was in Ocala, near Gainesville.
People in Ocala started to know, who I was, because I was constantly singing
in different churches."
her parents saw that Kelly-Lynn was serious about her singing career,
they sacrificed all and moved their whole family from Ocala to Los Angeles.
"We moved here specifically for my career and my parents support
me and they were willing to sell their house and live in an apartment
in Los Angeles. It's a true blessing and what they did for me, I'll never
ever forget. I'll never take advantage of it at all."
It's no wonder that their parents were honored for their sacrifice for
their daughter. "There was actually a newspaper article before I
left about parents supporting their children and my parents were in it
for giving up their house and everything.
They really took a risk and I'm very thankful. Los Angeles is so much
more expensive than Ocala. You can buy a house for the price that we live
in an apartment for right now. It took them a really long time to find
jobs down here. We were just living off the money that we made from the
house and eventually it dwindled away. Now we're good. My parents got
jobs. It worked out. God was with us."
This was not the first time her parents sacrificed for Kelly-Lynn though.
Her mother was willing to give the ultimate sacrifice. Kelly explains
"When she was pregnant with me, she could have died. She had a kidney
problem. Her kidney failed and it had to be removed. They didn't think
that she would live through it and they told her to have an abortion and
she refused to. Doctors told her: "You should get an abortion,"
because she didn't have that great of a chance and she said: "No,
I'm not going to." So, if she could say "No," so can other
people. So, thanks to her, I'm living today. She is my hero. She's been
through a lot and always manages to get through. She's a great person.
I'd love to become like her when I get older and of course,"
had just graduated from High School and we spoke about her plans. "I'm
going to work very hard on the music for a while and I might take a music
class or something, but I don't want to be boggled down by college and
not have time with why we moved here. I might just hit just one class
in music. But I don't want that to take up all of my time."
We spoke about the type of music she will do. "I want my music to
be positive. I did several Disney songs. Both songs are positive songs.
I don't want to do anything that is going to contradict my faith. Basically,
whatever I'm getting the opportunity to do, that is Ok. I just did some
pop songs with Ron Dante from the Archies. I'm actually going to be recording
an awesome CD, that will be in the stores on Christmas. That will be cool
too. It's not Christian, but it's positive."
I asked her how she will avoid the pitfalls that other artists have fallen
into like Britney Spears. "To me, it is more than just attending
church. It is more than just singing in church. It's a lifestyle. I've
had the lifestyle my whole life, through friends and family. I think I'll
be able to maintain a good example for people, because it's not just showing
up for church; it's living that lifestyle every single day. So, it's a
habit that will be protected when it happens. Just through friends and
family really. Everyone who is supportive and loves me and they are going
to help me get through."
It's no surprise that Kelly-Lynn is really involved in her church right
now. "It's a New Life Assembly of God. There are about 200 people
and it's small, but I like it like that, because you can become close
and be like a family. I work part time in the church in the day care.
I do a lot of things with kids. It's really fun. I love it!
I asked her if she had any suggestions for upcoming artists:
"Definitely be very patient. It's a very long process. Nothing happens
over night. You've also got to keep your head on straight. If you're going
to commit to this, you've got to commit to this. It needs to be a very
big priority in your life, above friends, above peer pressure. It takes
a lot of effort and a lot of time. So, if you're going to do it, you need
to be very serious about it."
Besides singing Kelly-Lynn also plays the piano and she is in a band with
the youth group of her church, where she will be playing piano and singing.
Being so determined and hardworking, I asked her what she does for fun.
"I hang out with my friends and go to the movies. I like the outdoors
like hiking and that kind of stuff. What I really do for fun though is
play with my dog. I love animals. I used to briefly work at a pet store,
when I first moved here. I have a dog that I really love. Yes, he's a
Chihuahua. He's on Myspace too!"
I have no doubt that we will be seeing a lot of Kelly-Lynn in the future.
She's truly a breath of fresh air and one of my most favorite interviews,
I've ever done.