My parents named me after Marillion’s 1985 rock ballad, “Kayleigh.”
2. How did this band get started?
I’d been playing with The Scarlet Ending for about 12 years, and after we started moving in separate directions I decided to resurrect some songs I’d had buried for years. From there came “Burrower.”
3. What bands are you influenced by?
Literally anything and everything. I was raised on Pink Floyd, Genesis, Queen, and Tori Amos, but grew up with music of every genre being played constantly. I was very fortunate in that regard, but my inspiration comes from a culmination of that and whatever I happen to be listening to at the time.
4. If you could tour with any bands, past or present, who would they be and why?
I currently cannot stop listening to the new Laura Stevenson record, I would love to tour with her. Jenny Lewis, Frank Turner, Ben Gibbard… they are all huge inspirations to me.
5. Best food to eat on tour?
6. Why should people listen to your band?
I think people should listen to my music because it’s fun and relatable. All of these songs are very personal to me, and I think in many aspects we’ve all been in the same situations.
7. If you could be any athlete, which athlete would you switch places with?
Maybe someone on the US Olympic archery team? I think that would rule, to be awesome with a bow and arrow. I play bar darts on a regular basis, I actually keep my own set in my purse all the time.
8. If you won a Grammy, who would you thank?
My parents. They are the reason I am who I am, and they’re the ones who supported me and dealt with all of the drama and stress that entails. And all my friends and family who put up with so much with my lifestyle being what it was for over the past decade.
9. If you could change something about the music industry, what would it be?
That people were unable to illegally download music for free. Back in the days were people liked a band and wanted their record, they viewed their music as a commodity, much like their morning coffee, and knew it had a monetary value.
10. Memorable tour experience?
Getting to sing “I Was a Prayer” with Dan Andriano at the 2012 Revival Tour.
11. What does AP.net mean to you?
It’s an incredible resource for musicians and fans alike to discover new music, follow artists they love, and keep up to date on everything happening across a span of genres.
12. What is your favorite song to play?
I think right now I really enjoy playing “Tennessee” the most. It changes often, depending on how nostalgic I’m feeling or what gets the best response from the audience.
13. What is your vacation spot of choice?
Anywhere near the ocean.
14. What music reminds you of your childhood?
Parakeets. I used to have one… it was really mean.
15. If you could have any super power, what would it be? Why?
Teleportation. Because I more often than not want to be in two or more places at once. I already have a super power though: the accidental innuendo. Ask anyone.
16. Any pre-show superstitions or rituals?
I just need a few minutes to gather myself and my ‘items’ together and get mentally prepared for it.
17. What is something that most fans don't know about you?
That I am an avid baker. But if they follow me on instagram they probably know that, so… perhaps they don’t know I have an obsession of collecting vintage silk scarves.
18. What is your assessment of the current state of radio? Do you think it's a place where your band could flourish?
I think there are still several facets of radio that still keep new music in rotation, and give artists and bands an opportunity to get heard. On the other hand, a lot of radio is very limited. So it depends on where you end up on the spectrum. I would love to find my way on NPR or any music show they do, but perhaps there is a song in me that could find it’s way to a more mainstream channel.
19. What do you like to do in your spare time?
What’s spare time?
20. What kind of hidden talents do you have?
I can wiggle my ears and make amazing breakfast food.