NashNews: Tell us a little bit about yourself. How did you get into music?
Kaylin Roberson: My name is Kaylin Roberson and I’m an 18-year-old singer-songwriter out of Raleigh, NC. Born and raised in the Carolina’s, has made my love for country/pop music strong. I’ve been singing, ever since I could make noise out of my mouth, and there’s plenty of funny videos to prove it. My dad put me into piano lessons at the age of 6, to get me involved in music. He always encouraged me and my sister to try new things, and out of all the sports and arts I’ve tried, I stuck with singing, performing, and writing music. I started taking music more seriously by the age of nine when a tragic event occurred, that turned my life around forever. In third grade, I was viciously attacked by a family dog. He ended up ripping off the right half of my lip and splitting open the side of my eye, down to my cheek bone. I was put on life support for surgery and ended up having over 200 stitches in my face. I relied on my happiness for music to get me through all the pain and hardship that followed the event. I currently write songs, and perform with my band at a variety of venues.
NN: You will be performing at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis for Music Gives to St. Jude Kids day on August 4th, what does this opportunity mean to you? What are you most looking forward to during this day?
Kaylin: I am more than honored, and excited to be performing at the inaugural kick off of National Music Gives to St. Jude Kids day. The opportunity to share my love of music with the kids at St. Jude is incomprehensible. I may not have had to battle cancer, but I know exactly what it feels like to be stuck in a hospital, feeling isolated and different. I relate to these kids on a very personal level, and I look forward to putting a smile on their face on August 4th. I want them to walk out of the concert, realizing how strong they are, and how much hope they can find within music.
NN: Being a songwriter, what song is your favorite that you’ve written? What makes this your favorite?
Kaylin: My favorite song that I’ve written so far is “Fighter in Me”, which I wrote specifically for the kids and families of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. It’s my favorite piece of work, because it has a strong and direct purpose. I hope that it gives strength to those in a time of pain and weakness.
NN: What is a song that you wish you would have written? Why?
Kaylin: I would like to write a song that reaches out to someone who constantly tries to put others down. I would like to write a song that puts someone in their place, because often, songs reach out to those who are sad or in pain, but I would love to make a difference in someone who believes they are high and mighty over the rest of us. People are constantly reaching out to the victims of bullying, but sometimes we need to reach out to those who are doing the bullying. This is important to me, being that I was bullied in middle school for having scars on my face.
NN: What is a favorite memory you have from performing?
Kaylin: My favorite memory of performing was in San Antonio, Texas at a foster home. Half of the kids I was singing for, couldn’t speak English, yet they were still moving and having the time of their lives. At that moment and time, I finally realized the power of music, and how it speaks to all of us.
NN: If you could do a duet with anyone who would you choose and why?
Kaylin: My dream duet partner is Miley Cyrus, because Hannah Montana was a major inspiration for me when I was little and people used to always tell me that I look like her. I’ve been dreaming about meeting her ever since I was a little girl.
NN: What are three Pandora stations you are currently listening to?
Kaylin: I listen to Today’s Country, Today’s Hits, and the Country pop station.
NN: What are three things you can’t leave for a performance without?
Kaylin: I don’t leave for a performance without my favorite guitar pick that I got from Loveless Café in Nashville, when I first paid a visit.
Kaylin, thank you so much for taking the time to answer some questions for us! Be sure to follow Kaylin on all social media @kaylinroberson, for new music and upcoming events!
Be sure to check out Kaylin's newest EP My Love! You can get your copy on iTunes here: http://itunes.apple.com/album/id1274450004?ls=1&app=itunes