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18 February 2015 @ 10:03 pm
The Trans-Siberian Orchestra Interviews: Kayla Reeves - Winter Tour 2014  


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The Trans-Siberian Orchestra Interviews:
Kayla Reeves - Winter Tour 2014 - Dec. 18, 2014

Interview, photos & videos captured by Brad Parmerter unless noted otherwise.






Through the darkened arena a voice and acoustic guitar rang out, questioning, searching: "Hey there you, way out there in the distance, can you hear me? Are you there?"

That was a Trans-Siberian Orchestra fan's first introduction to Kayla Reeves during the winter of 2010 as the petite, blonde vocalist dressed in black jeans and a leather jacket forged an emotional connection with the crowd by way of the Savatage gem, "Sleep." The song soon segued into a honey-dipped blues rendition of The Beatles' "Help" intermixed with a new Trans-Siberian Orchestra song, "Child Unseen," an all-out hard rock track with blistering guitar, fierce vocals and pyro galore. That eclectic medley, combining a tender acoustic moment, bluesed up Beatles number and a hard rock screamer was expertly handled by a 17-year old national touring rookie from Texas who exuded confidence and won over the crowd with each performance.


"Sleep/Help/Child Unseen" - TSO Live in Albany, NY; December 26, 2010



Five years and hundreds of performances later, she continues to impress audiences with her emotional vocal delivery and stage presence as exemplified on the most recent 2014-15 Winter Tour with the palpable emotion and electricity she brings to the emotionally wrought "Someday" and the brand new bluesy-rocker, "Night Conceives."

I chatted with Kayla a few hours before hitting the stage in Uniondale, NY in December, about the tour and the debut of the new TSO story, The Christmas Attic; the importance of her mom's support in her development, her introduction and first impressions of TSO, touring, vocal health, how much "Someday" means to her, an upcoming solo release, her fellow TSO vocalists, and much more.

Kayla Reeves: Hey Brad, it's Kayla. How are you doing?

Bp: Great, Kayla. How are you?

Kayla Reeves: I'm good.

Bp: Looking forward to a big show tonight at Nassau Coliseum?

Kayla Reeves: I am. I just came back from the gym. It's a single show day so I'm in the day room, hanging out with Natalya, getting ready.

Bp: It sounded like DC was a pretty hot show last night.

Kayla Reeves: It was a really good show. It was a great crowd and a packed house. It's always a good feeling when the crowd is real responsive like that.

Bp: You've been in front of crowds since an early age, what started you on your musical career path? Let's start at the beginning.

Kayla Reeves: I think a lot of it had to do with my Mom. My mother was very soulful and she listened to a lot of really good old music. She was influenced by a lot of different music. It was crazy, but what really struck a chord with me was the blues music that I heard her play for me as a child. She introduced me to people like Etta James, Otis Redding, James Brown, Aretha Franklin, Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Eric Clapton, Freddie King, and I never really listened to mainstream radio growing up. I was always influenced by musicians that lived way before my time. It was all because of her. She was like my best friend. We would always hang out and listen to music together.


photo courtesy Kayla Reeves

She really pushed me and one day I was helping a really good friend of mine out, when I was seven years old, with a garage sale that she was having – it was my best friend's grandmother and Stevie Ray Vaughan came on the radio. I had always sung that song and I started singing along. Her grandson was a bass player in a band, was 15 years old and had a gig coming up. She said, "You have quite a voice on you. How would you like to come sit in with my son's band." I said, "Yea, that'd be awesome." I had no idea what I was getting myself into! I was only 7 years old and I was going to some bar on the lake, Lake Bridgeport in Texas. I sang "Pride and Joy" by Stevie Ray Vaughan and I made a whole bucket load of tips that night! I looked up at my Mom and said, "You mean I can make money doing this?" [laughs] She looked at me and said, "You can do whatever you want to do."

From that moment on I pretty much knew what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. I've been gigging since I was 7 years old. I started my first band when I was 12, we were called Kayla Reeves and Triple Threat. We were a bunch of young kids – I was 12, the drummer was 16, the guitar player was 16, and it was the same bass player, Chad, that I played with that very first time when I was 7. He's been my bass player still to this day when I play gigs. He's a really good friend of mine.

I've been playing shows my whole life and I really was influenced by the blues so I had a blues band and played a lot of biker festivals back home in Texas. That's kind of the following I had and I was playing all these bars, plus I went down to Austin and did shows in that whole scene. I did this event, the Stevie Ray Vaughan Remembrance Ride and Concert that was filmed and they did a bunch of really cool YouTube videos. That's when I was discovered by TSO. I got a call from Kristin Gorman with TSO. She called up and said, "Hi, I'm with Trans-Siberian Orchestra and I'm trying to get a hold of Kayla Reeves." Me and my manager looked at each other and said, "This has got to be a prank call. This is not happening." Sure enough, we got together and the rest is history. It's been such a huge blessing being a part of this. I feel like I've grown a lot and a lot of these people out here have become like my family. It's just a dream.


"I Wonder Why" - Kayla with Alan Haynes - SRV Remembrance Ride Concert, Fall 2008 - courtesy Kayla Reeves' YouTube



Bp: Did you know much about TSO when Kristin called?

Kayla Reeves: I had always been familiar with their music because of the holiday season, but I'd never seen a show. You know the people that decorate their homes with lights that change to the music? Growing up, we didn't have a whole lot of money so I didn't really go to many shows, but we'd get in our car and we'd go around and watch the building lights change to the music. I got more familiar with it once I met everybody and was brought into it. Once I really figured out what it was, it was...wow. I felt like my chances of being struck by lightning were higher than getting that call from Kristin that day.

Sometimes I look at my life and the things that we're doing every day and I think, "Is this really happening?"

Bp: It has to be pretty surreal.

Kayla Reeves: It is surreal and it goes by so fast. It goes by so fast and you get home and think, "Did I really just do that?" [laughs]

Bp: When you were listening to music with your mom, were you both singing along or was it just you?

Kayla Reeves: My mom noticed that I had a voice at a young age, I think it was when I was 4 or 5 years old. I always had this growl in my voice.

Her CDs would turn up missing. My mom wasn't really a singer. She loved music, but she wasn't really a singer, but she really, really loved the music. She'd have her catalog of CDs and all the music that she had was endless. Her CDs would come up missing and she'd be cleaning up my bedroom, she'd be going through my toy box and there she'd find her CDs that had been missing for months. I'd be listening to all of them and I'd know all the words to them. One day she found her Etta James CD that had been missing for weeks and it was driving her crazy, but it had been in my toy box. She said, "Have you been listening to this?" I said, "Yea." We put it in and I sang the whole thing from front to back. Now that she knew I could do it, she pushed me a little bit harder, introduced me to more music and influential people that have become my heroes. She really had a lot to do with it.

Bp: It's great that you had such support from early on.

Kayla Reeves: It was to the point where she was my road manager, she was taking me to all these gigs. Every week I had school, but on Friday night I would be gigging and she'd be driving me everywhere because I didn't have a driver's license. She'd have to negotiate with club owners to get me into the club because I was underage. Contracts had to be signed and she took care of that. It was very intense and she really sacrificed a lot to make the wheels start turning. I really don't think I'd be where I am today if it wasn't for her.

Bp: Did she have a background in any of that, negotiating and contracts? Or did she just take it upon herself because she wanted you to succeed?

Kayla Reeves: Yea, we didn't have a whole lot of money and I just loved to sing. I would sing to anybody who would listen. I wanted it so bad. I happened to be at all the right places at the right time. Helping my friend's grandmother with that garage sale and then getting my first concert ever. I had always been very musical in school when I was growing up, I always got roles in the plays we were doing in elementary school and junior high and high school. I'd been singing with a band since I was 7 though, so it was something I'd started as a child. I started making a name for myself around town. Sometimes it was kind of tough growing up in the public eye like that, going to school and then being on the news then going back to school the next day and all your friends...some people are cool and some are not. It was interesting. At one point I had to be home schooled for a little bit. Looking back on it now, I wouldn't change anything. I learned a lot in a very short amount of time and I always knew what I wanted to do and I just ran after it with all that I could.

It helped that I had a real good support system like my mom, musicians around town and Dallas. I had a really huge support system back home and it helped out a lot.

Bp: Once you got the call from TSO, did they bring you out to Florida to audition?

Kayla Reeves: After I got the call they told me to send a video of a song of my choice.

Bp: What did you send?

Kayla Reeves: I sent a video of me doing "Piece of My Heart" by Janis Joplin. They then wanted me to go down and meet Paul, so I did that and did a live audition, was introduced to a bunch of people and it was really cool. I learned a couple songs.

Bp: What did you do for the audition for Paul?

Kayla Reeves: Paul just tried me out on a lot of stuff. It was really kind of just trying to get to know each other and we sat down and had dinner. He learned a little bit about who I was and how I was as a person, my style. He tried me on a bunch of different songs. He kind of decoded me and figured me out. The first time me and Paul sat down it was really an identifying moment because he was trying to figure out what kind of musician I was and how I could project to people and what the right songs were. We had a lot of fun that day. It was a good day.

Bp: Rather than a straight audition to see if you were right for these songs, it sounds like he took great care in finding what songs would be right for you.

Kayla Reeves: Yea. In the beginning they were trying me on a lot of real sweet songs and a lot of different things. I felt a little bit out of my comfort zone when we got together, because I'm used to singing rock roll and blues. When he got me in there and he just started letting me go and he was like, "Let's try this" and we did a track from Night Castle, "Another Way You Can Die." We were just playing around with that and that's when me, Paul O'Neill and Jon Oliva realized...they were like, "Ok, I think we have an idea where we can go with this girl."

Bp: Wow. "Another Way You Can Die." It'd be interesting to hear you rip through that!

Kayla Reeves: It was really, really fun, yea. I liked that. It was a fun song to play around with.

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Engaging the audience and prowling the stage - Nov. 16, 2014 Uncasville, CT

Bp: So 2010 comes along and there's a brand new group of female vocalists on the East Coast, all five of you were new. Obviously it was a big change for you, joining a national touring group, how did you handle that adjustment?

Kayla Reeves: It was very strange for me. I was 17 and it was my first time ever doing anything like this ever. I remember the first time I got into the rehearsal room and I looked around and everybody was staring back at me. I went to sing my song and I just kind of had tears in my eyes. I was just trying to get through it. I said, "I'm sorry guys, I just can't believe that I'm where I am right now." I got used to it, but I felt like a little bitty fish in this big ocean full of sharks. When someone puts you in the type of situation it makes you grow. You have no choice but to grow fast. I felt blessed that I was with a group of girls that were also very young and they were....Georgia was 18, Nat was 19...we were all very close in age and it was a new experience for all of us. It was very exciting. We've grown a lot in the last five years that we've been in the band and I felt like I couldn't have had a better group of girls to come in at the right time with me to experience all of this together. It's been a whirlwind. I can't believe everything that we've all done in the last five years together and the experiences we've had together. It's a bond that you have with people that you'll have with nobody else because nobody else is going to understand what it was like going and doing these amazing things together and that feeling that you have is something you're gonna have for the rest of your life and a connection with people that is unbreakable forever.

These people have become my family and we spend holidays together. I get home and I miss my friends and I can't wait to be back out on the road again. A lot of times we don't see each other...it's crazy, we're together for two and a half months, sometimes three months out of the year, non-stop every day, and then all of a sudden it just stops and we go home. You start to miss your friends. I feel blessed to be out here with the people I'm working with and I've learned a little bit from every single person that I've been surrounded by. I'm real quiet and I sit back and observe everyone. I'm just like a sponge soaking it all in because when you're surrounded by so many amazing musicians, I feel like that's just what you need to do. That's just what I've done since I've been here.

Bp: You've definitely had a great opportunity to be able to do that with a talent pool that has so much varied experience between them. It must be nice that you've had that camaraderie as the class of 2010, like a sisterhood pact, to go through all of this together.

Kayla Reeves: Definitely. Me and Nat are day-room partners and when we're out here on the road we're pretty much doing everything together. It is definitely like a sisterhood pact, exactly.

Bp: So when you first arrived in Omaha in 2010, going into this whole new experience, what did you think walking into the arena with the huge production and what you were about to embark on.

Kayla Reeves: I was really...I had never seen anything like that. I'd never seen a production that massive in my life. I'd never been in the situation before. It was extremely overwhelming and I was just trying...I was the young one coming in and I was just trying to be all, "I've got this." But I was really shivering in my boots. I had no idea what I was getting into, but I was just ready for it. It was extremely overwhelming. I just remember walking into that arena and all the lights going off and I was just thinking, "Am I really going to be singing up on that stage every single night, sometimes twice a day?" I just really had no idea of what was coming. But I was just going to do it. Like you have to crawl before you can walk and sink or swim. I just gave it all that I had and here we are now, five years later.

Bp: It's gone by in a flash.

Kayla Reeves: I know. Just in the blink of an eye we've done so many amazing things. I look back to last year and New Year's Eve in Berlin and it's just been so amazing the things we've gotten to experience. It is a huge blessing.

Bp: In 2010 you came out and you were in command on that stage for "Child Unseen." You were prowling around commanding the stage from the start and tackling a song no one had ever heard before.

Kayla Reeves: It was a pretty cool medley we did that year.

Bp: Some Savatage, some Beatles.

Kayla Reeves: Yea, it was really cool.

Bp: Starting out at a garage sale and then you're throwing down a slow blues jam version of The Beatles' "Help" for thousands of people each show – I mean, that's pretty insane.

Kayla Reeves: Yea, and you know, I honestly haven't even looked at it that way yet. It is really...it's overwhelming when I count my blessings. I count this twice, that's for sure.

Bp: You've been on a couple of tours that featured Christmas Eve and Other Stories, a couple of The Lost Christmas Eve and now this year with The Christmas Attic. Of the Christmas Trilogy shows, which one speaks to you the most?

Kayla Reeves: I love all three of them. The Lost Christmas Eve I felt was really a lot deeper and it really went there and cut. The Christmas Attic I feel is a lot warmer and family-like and really warm and Christmassy. I really, really love the music in all of them. I can't really tell you which...but if I had to pick a favorite I'd probably have to say it's The Lost Christmas Eve, probably. If I had to.

I always enjoy it, but it's nice to have a new show. It's nice that we've been changing it up every couple of years now. It was really [different] going into The Lost Christmas Eve for the first time because we'd been doing Christmas Eve and Other Stories for so long, so that was really a cool transition. I feel like all the stories are vastly different. This one I'm really happy that the story is really happy.


"Someday" - TSO Live in Albany, NY; November 30, 2014



Bp: You've been performing "Someday," on the last three winter tours as well as the spring tour. I've talked to Paul on a couple occasions about the song and I know how much that song means to him personally, how important it is to him and how he came to write it. How has your relationship with the song changed since you first started performing it as a result of events in your own life have occurred and through the losses you've experienced.

Kayla Reeves: Oh, yea. Well, the first year...when Paul first introduced the song to me both of my parents were still alive. By the time I had to go on the winter tour and sing it, my Dad had passed away that July and so it was very hard for me to sing this song at that point in time. I had to think of it that I had to soldier through it and it was very hard and very raw and vulnerable. With a song that is so bare like that, people can feel every word and every little emotion and thing that you do. Seven months later I lost my mom.

The first verse is about the father, the second about the mother and the third verse is, "I wrote these words and I hope they last..." and I'm gonna see them someday and everything is going to be alright. That song is just so personal for me, it's not like I have to get into character to sing that song. I am that character. This is real and sometimes I feel like Paul wrote that song about my life. It's almost crazy when I think about it and how much I can identify with it. It's really, really heavy. I love the song so much and it really does take a lot to go to that place every single day. It definitely has changed over the years, it's interesting to see how it's changed and it's evolved with the events that have happened in my life over the last few years. I just know that when I get up on that stage and I'm about to sing that song, there has to be at least one person in this arena who has been through at least a little bit of the things I've been through in my life and if I can just have one person walk out of this arena feeling like they're not alone and there's somebody else that's felt that pain and have a connection through that of some sort, then I've done my job. I feel really blessed that I get to do that. I feel that's one of my strengths.

Bp: The rawness and vulnerability that you bring to it with each performance is palpable. The electricity in the room is evident.

Kayla Reeves: Thank you, I appreciate that. I feel so blessed to be able to sing that song. It's so fresh. Sometimes it's hard being on the road, because of course it's different people, but you're singing the same songs every day. With that song, it's the same song, but it's different every single night. There's going to be a different moment each time that's going to cut just a little bit deeper. Sometimes it's a little bit different and I never know how heavy my heart is going to be on that day. Sometimes by the time I get to the end you can see my hands shaking. It does take a lot. But like I said, as long as there's one person...and they come up to me and say, "I really felt that. I know how you feel. My father passed away." I've gotten emails from people telling me how they can relate so much to that song and their stories. I just think, "What an amazing song Paul wrote and how it's changing other people's lives and how it's changing my life." It's crazy how strong a connection you can make with people through things like this and hearing their stories and then they're hearing my story. It's just really, really cool.

Bp: You've had it both where you've done "Someday" as a stand-alone song and then as with this tour where it's followed with either "Child Unseen" or "Night Conceives" immediately following it. Do you prefer having the rocker to follow it up and serve as a release of the emotion that's created?

Kayla Reeves: Yea, absolutely. I think Paul's vision on that is a really cool dynamic with coming out with the acoustic guitar, doing such a bare, raw song and then coming out of nowhere rockin' it out into a full-on rock show. It's something that people aren't expecting and it's like, ‘You guys better fasten your seat belt real quick.' They're not expecting it and that's really cool. I feel that's another part of me as a performer that I really enjoy. The Rolling Stones were a really big influence on me, Mick Jagger, and I'm really into prowling that stage. I really, really love this new song, "Night Conceives," and it gets to show a different side of me, which is great, because "Child Unseen" was a really fast tempo and this one is really like Zeppelin, a little more in the pocket groovin'. It's a lot more my own personal style so I'm having a lot of fun on this tour introducing that to the fans.

I actually prefer to do the two songs back-to-back because of the dynamic of it.


"Night Conceives" - TSO Live in Boston, MA; December 20, 2014 - multi-camera mix



Bp: And you're really busy in the second half of the show this year between your two vocal songs, playing guitar and dancing.

Kayla Reeves: Yea. It's funny because my first tour I was literally doing the first, opening song, "Night Enchanted," my songs and I came out for the ballads. I wasn't out there a whole lot, but every year it's been a little bit more each year and a few more chips on the table. Like I said, I'm learning from the people I've been working with and I've wanted to do a little bit more. I feel better as a performer the more stage time that I have, the more time I have to connect face-to-face with the audience. I feel like it gives me a little bit more endurance out there. I like it and I like to put a little more chips on the table each year. It's fun for me to be as busy as I am in the show now.

Bp: I think you hold the honor of being TSO's first female guitarist.

Kayla Reeves: Yep, I am.

Bp: What went through your mind when you were asked to go up on the robot arms during "Sarajevo" at the end of the show?

Kayla Reeves: I was totally not expecting that.

Bp: Were you excited or petrified?

Kayla Reeves: I was kind of a little bit of both. I knew when they presented me with it that regardless if I was petrified or not that I had to do it. I just had to bite the bullet and this was happening. I had to get used to it real quick. It was very intimidating. I've been playing guitar for about three years so I'm still learning. I've been surrounded by guitar players my whole life but I have a lot of work to do. When Paul came into the room and said, "Which one of you can play guitar?" And I looked around and said that I'd been playing for a while, so he said, "KK, let's go. Come with me." He sat me down and gave me a pretty cool guitar lesson and told me what to do. He said, "This is what you're going to do." I just said, "Alright." I thought it was really cool. It was another moment where I totally felt out of my comfort zone, but I thank God for it because it's made me grow so much. That's the one thing about Paul that I feel like he's great at doing, he's really great at helping you figure it out really fast and believing in yourself, "You can do it. Just go!"

I feel like that's been a huge blessing because you don't always think that you can do it, but when somebody says, "You can do it, you've just got to try." I feel really blessed. It's a really cool moment in the show. It is a lot of fun to have the moment with the crowd as a singer and then to go out there with the whole band and to just rock it out. It's a lot of fun and it's a different experience as a performer. It's all a great growing experience for me every single day.

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Kayla provides inspiration to the next generation - Jan. 4, 2015 Hartford, CT

Bp: You also get to give away the guitar at the end of each show. That must be a pretty special experience.

Kayla Reeves: It is a very, very cool experience to do that. I'm really blessed that I get to do that. I always say, "This guitar is for you from the whole band" and they just look at me thinking, "Wow! Really?" They can't believe it. It's really cool and the fact that they know the guitar was just flying 70-feet in the air above the crowd is pretty crazy too. It's pretty neat that I get to just hand it over.

Bp: How do you warm up vocally for the show?

Kayla Reeves: I have a vocal coach and I have on my iPhone all sorts of different scales and different warm-ups. It's a different kind of warm-up because I have a raspy voice, so it's more like industrial noises than real profound scales and stuff. I definitely warm-up every day and I have my little remedies that I'm very particular about, the little things I do right before I go onstage. [laughs]

Bp: Little remedies?

Kayla Reeves: Yea. I have my little gummy bears and glycerin. I have my little water with my, it's not a cough drop, it's a Luden, and I shake it up. It's a little different because as a singer it's our body, it's not like a guitar where you just have to put your finger on it and it's right there. I'm just gonna say, singers are a little bit crazy [laughs] with the things that we do to get ready before we have to go out there and perform.

Bp: I understand. Your instrument is your body. You mentioned coming back from the gym, what do you do to keep in shape physically and healthy during the tour for this grueling schedule?

Kayla Reeves: I eat a lot of really good foods. Catering takes really good care of us. On matinee days we have a whole breakfast thing and they really take good care of us. Even though this tour is grueling, it's a very good tour to be on. It's a lot of shows and it's all about taking care of yourself. I don't really ever go to the gym, hardly ever. I went today because it's a single show day and I just need to keep up my stamina and that's all we're really trying to do right now to keep from getting sick.

It's a good way to keep up my stamina, like you said, I'm moving around the stage so much that it's good to....I only do light workouts, about 15 minutes on the elliptical today and a little lightweight dumbbell bars, but it's good to just do it and stay in shape.

Bp: I'm going to assume that your favorite TSO songs are songs that you sing lead on, so if you had to pick some of your favorite TSO songs that you don't sing lead on, what would they be?

Kayla Reeves: Oh, man, there's so many. I really love "Music Box Blues." Daryl Pediford was such an influence on me once I got introduced to this band, so that song is very, very personal and close to my heart. I feel like every time Lisa sings it and every time Erika sang it, he's always in my mind. He was such a brilliant voice and so that song is very...I mean, I watch that song every single day and I watch Lisa sing that song so I can get inspired for what I'm about to do in the second half of the show every day. That tells you a little bit about how much that song means to me. That's definitely one of my favorite Trans-Siberian Orchestra songs.

Bp: You're definitely not alone. What are some of the songs that you've been back-up for in case someone gets sick that are personal favorites of yours? I know you were Georgia's backup for her Beethoven songs on that tour.

Kayla Reeves: Yea, singing "The Dark" was really cool and that was pretty neat because there are so many different colors inside of some people's voices and sometimes I can have a really clean voice and then I can get really, really gritty; it's like the sun and the moon. So it was kind of fun singing something that I'm totally not used to singing and having a little bit of fun with it, so that was fun.

They wanted me to cover "Three Kings" this year and that was going to be really interesting. They wanted me to back it up, but with "Night Conceives" and everything, this year practicing that in sound check would have been a little too much, especially on these matinee days so they were like, "We know you can do it, let's just not wear you out." That was going to be interesting and really cool.


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Kayla lights up "Child Unseen" - Nov. 23, 2012 Uncasville, CT

Bp: That would be pretty interesting to hear your take on that one. Shifting gears a little, what can we expect from you as a solo artist in 2015?

Kayla Reeves: I'm planning on releasing my solo record in the summer of 2015, my first record. It's 99% all-original songs, it's an 11-track album: ten originals and one cover. I spent a lot of time writing it and basically all of the last year spending the time to focus on this record because I knew it was something that I needed to get out pretty soon. I'd been working on it for a while.

Bp: Are the songs all you or were some co-writes?

Kayla Reeves: I've been writing with my producer, Lance Lopez, and he's a really brilliant guitar player and musician out of Dallas, Texas and a good friend of mine.

Bp: You've been doing a bunch of shows with him.

Kayla Reeves: Yea, he's a really brilliant musician and I've known him for years and years and years. We're really good friends and we have this connection musically that's undeniable. We can create so easily together and we're from the same place so we know where each other is coming from. He's basically handling all the music and I've been writing all the lyrics for it. I'm really, really proud of the songs we've been working on. We've been showcasing them back home and I'm really excited for you guys to hear this record and the songs on it. I know it's something that I'm really, really proud of and I know everyone's been waiting for it for a long time so it's a bit nerve-racking, but it's really cool when you feel like you're finding your sound as an artist. It's a really cool moment so I'm really excited.

Bp: Do you want to pick one of the songs and give a little background on what inspired it to give us a little taste of what to expect?

Kayla Reeves: Well, one of the songs is called "Honey Grove" and it's about the sweet little town I grew up in Northeast Texas. I grew up in Dallas, but I went and spent every summer out there and Honey Grove was always there for me. After I lost my mom I was kind of losing my mind a little bit. Nothing was the way that it was and I was having a really hard time. It seemed like there was no place I could go and then all of a sudden I realized I can always go to Honey Grove and go fishing and play my guitar out in the country and just breathe in that cool, fresh air. I went out there and I just kind of dealt with it there. It's a really uplifting, happy song. It's about finding your way when everything is not like it used to be and figuring it out. That's a really important song on the record.

Bp: I can't wait to hear that. It sounds like a soul healing place. Thanks for the insight into that. Let me wrap up with one last question, for the fans the signing line is a wonderful way to say "Hi" to the group and gives us a chance to let you know how much we enjoyed the show, and what connected with us. How important is the signing line to you as a performer to have that connection after the show?

Kayla Reeves: The signing line is very important. It's important for me because I get to connect with you guys and I get to tell you guys about myself and you get to figure out a little bit about me. I get to put on my blue jeans and come out there and you get to meet the real Kayla Reeves. It's cool to get that moment. Like I said, singing a song like "Someday" that's when I get to have that moment offstage to connect and I get to hear the stories and hear that people liked it. Some people tell me their stories and how they really connected with it and that's why it's so important to me because without the meet and greet or the signing line, that's an opportunity that I wouldn't get. It's different than getting an email, when you're looking someone in the eye and hearing them tell you how much it meant what you did, is priceless. It's very important and I'm happy that we do that every single night after the evening shows.

Bp: Thanks so much for taking the time out of your day to chat, Kayla.

Kayla Reeves: Thank you so much, Brad, I appreciate it. It was awesome chatting with you. When do we see you next?

Bp: I'll be there for six shows in the next three days starting tomorrow in Providence.

Kayla Reeves: Awesome. You travel safe.

Bp: Will do. Enjoy Nassau tonight.

Kayla Reeves: Thanks.


Additional Links:
KaylaReeves.com
Trans-Siberian Orchestra - official site

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