“I hate straight singing. I have to change a tune to my own way of doing it. That's all I know.” —Billie Holiday
There is more than meets the eye with Kaylene Peoples. Along with her 5-octave vocal range, she can blow the flute, play the piano, and she is proficient in a variety of other instruments. She has become known for her intricate yet interesting musical arrangements. Her talent just doesn’t stop there. She is an award-winning L.A. Music Awards record producer, she has had much success with her album All Jazzed Up, and she is a seasoned orchestrator, composer, and conductor. She has scored films, written symphonies, ballets, and has written countless string arrangements for several major record labels throughout her career. But what if we were to ask Kaylene what is her true love? Without hesitation, she would answer, “Jazz in its purest form!”
“…This day started out spiritual but ended with pure jazz decadence—something I would not have traded for anything. What a performer Ms. Peoples is; I felt guilty just watching her. I will never be able to get that song, “Nature Boy,” out of my head again!” Quotes a fan at one of Kaylene’s concerts.
Having been compared to the singers Nancy Wilson, Carmen McRae, and even pegged as the female Al Jarreau, Kaylene takes singing to a completely different level. She is influenced by the jazz greats from the 50s and 60s and she admires several artists, including Kurt Elling, Nnenna Freeland, Shirley Horn, Astrud Gilberto, and Diana Krall. The musical integrity of a composition means everything to her. Her unique arrangements of classics such as “Wives and Lovers,” “One Note Samba,” and “My Funny Valentine” are unlike any you’ve ever heard before. She weaves in substitutions for standard chords, incorporates polished solos, scats, and blows us away with her effortless 1-5 octave vocal leaps as she claims full ownership of her repertoire. Depending on the song selection, Kaylene will bring tears to your eyes. She has mentored with accomplished instrumentalists, and incorporates an instrumental virtuosity and style into her shows.
As Kaylene performs, you’ll follow her through an intricately woven journey of her soul, whether she’s singing Jobim or Strayhorn she will hypnotize you as she serenades you with her distinctive, sultry voice. Then without notice she will pick up her flute and give you goose bumps! She might even surprise you with her own ‘lone’ piano solo or accompany herself on guitar while singing “Summer Samba.”
Kaylene Peoples is a rare talent attracting admirers everywhere she performs. Not a single soul will be able to resist the seductive quality of her voice—she always leaves you begging for more. Once you’ve seen Kaylene Peoples perform, you, too, will become her fan for life!