17-year-old Kennedy Beatty showcases mature vocals and relevant style with new singles ‘Bill$ Turn Blue’ and ‘Moment’
LEXINGTON, KY – A rising young star out of Lexington, Kentucky with a soulful and mature sound is causing a stir among music industry insiders. Kennedy Beatty is a 17-year-old singer and artist who has been gathering a wave of fans over the past year since she was first discovered by producer Frank Mabson and musician Doug Ford when she was a featured performer at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Unity Breakfast in Lexington. Mabson and Ford knew immediately that her sound was unique and different than anyone else on the market today.
Beatty’s currently released single, “Bill$ Turn Blue,” was produced and written in Terry Baker’s (who has credits with Kirk Franklin and Bishop TD Jakes/Potters House) camp in Dallas, Texas. With a definitive R&B base mixed with Pop and Soul elements, “Bill$ Turn Blue” is a perfect showcase of this young star-in-the-making’s one-of-a-kind vocals and artistic ability. It’s a song that shows how versatile she can be with different genres, and how naturally it is for her to merge those genres into something truly original.
“When we were recording the song, the interpretation was open,” Beatty said. “My interpretation is that you’re in this relationship that is a very expensive relationship, but you want more than just an expensive relationship. You want a relationship that means something. That’s what was going on in my head at the time. I want my music to be relatable and have a message. That’s the kind of music I like to listen to. Right now, I think things that are relatable are relationships, because it’s something everyone goes through.”
Another single set to be released soon is “Moment,” which has more of a Pop record feel to it. It’s a song that Beatty said is all about taking a deep breath and allowing oneself to step aside from the hubbub of life for a moment to recenter and compose. She said it’s a great song for people today considering the up-and-down nature of the world and the stress it can cause on so many people.
At age 17, Beatty has a maturity beyond her years. Not only is she a full-time musician but she’s also a full-time student and a varsity starter on her school’s volleyball team. She juggles all of those activities with grace, however, and has a healthy perspective on what it takes to be successful in the things with which she hopes to succeed. Beatty acknowledges her faith in helping her stay centered, and like many talented vocalists she first started singing in her church.
“I have to stay extremely focused and know what’s going on in my life,” she said. “It’s kind of difficult, but it’s also fun. I’ve definitely proven to myself that I can do it and I can multi-task. I have a lot more music that I’m planning on putting out, and eventually I’m going to work toward a full project. More than anything, I hope people see that I’m becoming more eclectic in terms of some of the vibes I can offer. The biggest thing for me right now is to be relatable.”
“Bill$ Turn Blue” is currently available across all streaming platforms, while “Moment” is set to release world-wide on April 1.
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“Bill$ Turn Blue”