Happy #FeministCrushFriday feminists! As we continue on with our women who create music cycle, I thought who better to crush on this week than our very own Kira Morrison?!?! Kira created the theme song for our podcast and that’s just one of her many accomplishments. She is extremely driven and hardworking. So come crush with us on Kira Morrison.
How long have you been performing music?
I have been playing music for about 11 years, since I first started playing guitar at the age of 9.
What instruments do you play?
My first instrument was guitar (electric and then acoustic). Soon after that, I got more into singing and piano. I started participating in middle school choirs and got very involved with the Silverlake Conservatory of Music in their summer camps as well as their choir. I started piano later than others, beginning lessons towards the end of middle school and beginning of high school. My piano really started improving once I got to college and I had to take some serious piano courses, and now I incorporate piano into my performances almost just as much as I incorporate vocals and guitar.
What do you want to do when you grow up?
My ultimate goal for music is to become a successful pop recording artist, mainly because I want to reach a wide audience and influence a lot of people with my music. My dream is to have the same positive impact on others that my favorite artists and musicians have had on me. I want my success in music to inspire others to follow their own dreams and believe in themselves, because that’s what music has done for me my whole life.
Who are your musical influences?
My two biggest musical influences are Lady Gaga and Taylor Swift. Lady Gaga influences me more in an ideological and artistic way, and Taylor Swift influences me in a more musical and stylistic way. Lady Gaga was actually the artist that gave me the courage to pursue a career in music because of her unique ideologies about what it takes to be successful and her intense belief in her own art and music that led to her achieving her dreams. But, as far as my actual musical style goes, my music sounds far more like the style of Taylor Swift’s than that of Lady Gaga’s. The music I’ve written has always been more in the soft pop, singer/songwriter realm, and I’ve always been very influenced by Taylor Swift’s honest songwriting and upbeat pop vibe. As an artist and performer, I am always trying to meld these influences into my own unique artistic identity, incorporating the artistic and unique performance techniques inspired by Lady Gaga with the more singer/songwriter musical style inspired by Taylor Swift. My other influences include She & Him, Joy Williams, and Charlene Kaye.
What was the best part of going to China?
I recently went to Shanghai, China to perform at the China Modern Jazz Education Festival with a small jazz combo from my school, Los Angeles College of Music. It was actually my first time traveling without my family AND my first time performing anywhere outside of Los Angeles. I loved experiencing new cultures and experiencing what music is like in another country, as well as challenging myself with higher level jazz music. I think the best part was getting a feel for what it would be like to be a touring musician, traveling to perform my music all around the world. It was beautiful to connect with people who I couldn’t really speak to because of our language barrier, but who still understood me through music.
What kind of music do you like writing best?
My favorite style to write is more of a soft pop, singer/songwriter style with a lot of classic live rhythm section instruments like guitars, bass, drums, piano, as well as rich background vocal arrangements. I like writing music that incorporates contemporary pop songwriting structure, but with a twist, such as jazz-influenced chords or unusual melodies. No matter what style I write in or what instruments are being played, I want to always make sure that the song I’m writing can not only convey what I’m feeling, but can also move the listener.
What does feminisim mean to you?
Feminism means a lot to me in a lot of different ways. Feminism drives my passion for fighting for my own rights, believing in myself, breaking barriers, and dismantling stereotypes. It gives me the courage to know that I’m not alone in the triumphs AND struggles I have experienced as a woman, and gives me the compassion to understand the struggles of women who have experiences different from mine. Trying to be a successful independent female musician in a heavily male-dominated music industry has been a struggle at times, but I want to be one of the many strong and successful women like those before me who makes it through and has the influence to make other younger girls and women believe that they can do it, too.
Please check out Kira on her website, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram! Also, be sure to check out her official music video for her song ‘Hello Beautiful’ here!
Her second EP will be out in 2017 and we will be sure to fill you in on all the details! Thanks for crushing with us!