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Album Review

The full-length debut album from Kaya Stewart showcases the Los Angeles-based singer's swaggering vocal style and stylish, sophisticated take on adult contemporary pop. Though only 16 years old, Stewart has a big, soulful voice that can be delicately pretty one minute and rife with a throaty rock grit the next. Working with in-demand producer RedOne (Lady Gaga, Nicki Minaj), as well as her father, Eurythmics co-founder Dave Stewart, Stewart takes a down-the-middle approach on her debut, delivering songs that straddle the line between driving guitar pop, sultry R&B, and infectious electronic dance pop. It's an unabashedly radio-ready combination that brings to mind similarly inclined productions from the likes of Kelly Clarkson, Ellie Goulding, and P!nk. Based on the catchy, slightly cheeky lead-off single "Sleepover," one might expect an album of Avril Lavigne-style pop-punk. While there is a bit of that energy underpinning the album, Stewart primarily leans toward slick, pop-oriented productions that highlight her bold, highly resonant vocals. Cuts like the sexy "Need U2B Mine," the gospel-tinged "With Your Love," and the hip-hop-infused "16 Dollars," featuring rapper Brooke Candy, bring to mind the girl group R&B of Destiny's Child. Similarly, tracks like the pulsing, synth-heavy "Jonah" and the funky "In Love with a Boy" find Stewart splitting the difference between the '80s-style synth-pop of La Roux and the confidant '90s R&B of Toni Braxton. Elsewhere, Stewart delves into '60s-influenced pop balladry on "Everything I Do Is Wrong," and swings for the fences on the Celine Dion-esque power ballad "Gold Digger." One gets the sense that being so young, Stewart is still working through her influences and figuring out where she fits in the pop landscape. There's no escaping the fact that her debut is a big, commercial pop production. Thankfully, she's got the vocal chops and youthful enthusiasm to not only embrace the process, but bring the audience along with her.

Customer Reviews

Summer just got hotter

Yes, she's the daughter of a famous musician/ producer but Kaya is so much more than her roots. She brings us on a journey of songs she has self-penned and delivers in a maturity beyond her years. Sure, there is coyness in songs like Sleepover and I'm In Love With A Boy. Then you are served with songs like Free Fall, Everything I Do Is Wrong and Gold Digger taking you deeper. There are obvious underlying influences throughout of pop, r&b and slick production, but the hooks are strong. What is great here is the emotional rock edge that Kaya's voice brings. There are not many female contributors out there giving us this much of a 'take charge' attitude beyond the over played r&b/ hip hop genre. She fills a void with confidence, raw soul and determination under her own terms.

Amazing Debut

This album rocks! It is filled with songs you will be singinig along to immediately - and the super catchy "Sleepover" is an anthem - as is "Freefall". These songs work for across all genres - b/c they are great songs. It's exciting to see a young artist who writes songs and plays the piano and hits the road to play shows with her band. Seek out this album - and Kaya!!

the real thing

I can't belive a voice this big and textured- and so much heart in the lyrics- comes from a 16 year old! Yes, she is going to be a huge pop star- but one that matters. A real artist who writes her own songs and sings with soul. "Freefall" is such a beautiful melody. Yes, "Sleepover" will never get out of your head and is the the catchiest smash ever . And I also really love $16. Going to see her play at the Greek, so excited to see her in person. In the midst of made up stars from Disney, it's really cool to find the real thing.

Biography

Born: Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '10s

Singer Kaya Stewart is a soulful artist with a bent toward dynamic, synth-heavy pop and R&B. Born in London, Stewart grew up in Los Angeles in a creative, musically inclined family. By the time she was in her teens, she was already singing and writing songs with an eye to recording an album. In April of 2013, she made her live stage debut performing at the Troubadour in West Hollywood. In mid-2015, she released her debut single, the gospel-infused "In Love with a Boy," before joining up with the...
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