By Aaron Wagner
All it takes is listening to April Kry once and you realize just how powerful of a voice she has.
April Kry has been one of my favorite voices in country music the last few years. There are some artists that it seems singing comes natural, almost like they were born to be a singer. In an industry that needs more female voices, April is one that deserves having her music shared with a large audience.
Two of the songs early one that turned my head and caught the attention of fans and country music listeners were “While We’re Young” and “Get Ready to Miss Me.” The songs are fun with catchy melodies that are so perfect for country right now as artists like Maren Morris and Kelsea Ballerini are finding success.
While those two songs were collectively streamed nearly 1.5 million times, it’s one of her most recent ones that has taken her to another level.
“I Feel at Home” has garnered almost 2.5 million plays on Spotify alone! As this week’s Artist You Need to Know, Raised On It chatted with her about how much this song has meant for her career as well as her musical upbringing.
Growing up, who were some of the artists that influenced you to become the artist you are today?
“I grew up singing in church so I was heavily influenced by artists like BeBe & CeCe Winans, Jon Gibson, Nicole C. Mullen. When I was around 15, my mom got me a Martina McBride CD and I really dove into the country genre and started listening to Faith Hill, Shania, Keith Urban and fell in love with the story telling aspect of the genre!”
When did you realize music was more than a hobby and it was something you wanted to pursue music as a career?
“I’d say when I was around 12 years old. I’ve always just kind of known, though because I’ve been surrounded by music my whole life.”
Much of your music is inspirational to young girls, why is it important to you to being a role model for them?
“I’ve always wanted to be a positive role model for girls because I remember being so inspired by some of my favorite female singers growing up, and it shaping me into the woman I am today!”
Which song of yours do you feel like has been the most important to you or has done the most to help your career?
“Usually that question is two different songs for artists, but I am so thankful that it’s one song that really did it for me, and that is “I Feel At Home”. It’s always been my heart and soul song and thankfully so many people have resonated with it!”
Lastly, what have you learned about yourself since moving to Nashville and becoming a country artist?
“That I don’t like limiting myself creatively and genre-wise. When I stopped caring about what other people think, and just created music I wanted to listen to, that’s when people started to listen.”
Dream Collab: Caitlyn Smith
Favorite album: Continuum by John Mayer
Best concert you’ve been to: Caitlyn Smith!!!!
Song you wish you wrote: Tennessee Whiskey
Favorite Nashville venue to play: The Basement