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Kayla has been performing oldies music since the age of 9. Now at 17 she has made the transformation from Kayla Starr, the Oldies singer, to Kayla Stockert, Singer, Songwriter and Musician.
On Kayla’s ninth birthday she went to sing Why Do Fools Fall in Love at her local street fair. The crowd that had been mingling at the festival gathered around and cheered for more from this little girl in the poodle skirt. Kayla received invitations to perform at many other events, and soon word got out about this little girl that sang oldies. Kayla was then approached by a promoter to be the opening act at most of his “Oldies/Doo Wop Shows”. Kayla “Starr” was born and continued to perform oldies. During that time she had the privilege of performing alongside many of her musical inspirations. She has shared the stage with Johnny Maestro & The Brooklyn Bridge, Gloria Gaynor, Donny Most from Happy Days, Lovin Spoonful, and many other "oldies" legends. She has performed for Governor Andrew Cuomo. She was also thrilled to meet and spend time with Connie Francis who assisted Kayla with learning Italian for her song, Mama.
In the fall of 2012, Kayla released her debut EP "Castles in the Sand" which continues to play on over 50 independent radio stations worldwide.
Most recently, Kayla performed at sleep away camps all summer long for thousands of kids. She is currently working with some amazing songwriters to write and record her own original material (expected out Fall 2014). These songs will combine her love for oldies with a more contemporary sound that she has dubbed "Retro Infused Pop".
While not performing, Kayla is a normal teenager who enjoys the guitar, piano, song writing, texting, shopping, cooking, makeup, XBOX and musical theater. Kayla is currently enrolled in High School and Culinary Arts School. She is inspired by Amy Winehouse, Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga, Miley Cyrus, My Chemical Romance, Bruno Mars, Connie Francis, Kay Starr and Frankie Lymon just to name a few.
Kayla is frequently involved in childhood cancer organizations and events, volunteering wherever they need her. She lends her voice to Songs of Love, an organization that creates personalized CD'S for children with tough medical conditions.