April Kry might be a new name to some, but the country/pop singer has been utilizing her vocal skills to great effect from a very young age. Her new single “Beauty Queen” and upcoming EP are sure to help April make as big a mark in the music world as some of her influences, like Miranda Lambert, Hunter Hayes and Carrie Underwood.
April started singing in church, where her father was a worship leader, when she was barely 5 years old. At the age of 13, she sang “God Bless America” at a gala event where the Keynote speaker was the legendary Jermaine Jackson, and she knew from that point that she was destined to be a singer professionally. In the time between then and now, April has performed at the legendary Apollo Theater’s Amateur Night, and sang background for new age singer Enya on the nationally televised talk show Live With Regis & Kelly. Eventually, April learned to play guitar and discovered that she wanted to write songs as well as performing them. “My inspirations when it comes to songwriting are things that happen in everyday life. I like to write about struggles or heartache that people go through in life because I believe that its something that we can all relate to.” Attracted to country music because of the superior lyricism employed by the genre, the recording of an EP called Music Speaks found April decamping to Nashville, where she immediately felt at home.”I love it in Nashville,” April says. ‘I feel like I should have been born here!”
April adds, “There were studios and musicians on every corner and it was heaven for me, I reconnected with some musicians I had used on my first record who were down here in Nashville called Zodlounge. They were my band, producers and co writers all in one!” Through the release of the Music Speaks EP, April wound up getting her songs placed on TV shows such as "Love Games", and "The Real World". She’s also worked with former American Idol Charity Vance on a series of covers, and struck up a musical partnership with Javier Colon, who is best known as the winner of The Voice’s first season.
“Beauty Queen” establishes the next phase of April’s career. Written by Jennifer Pappas, JP Rende and Kathryn Raio, it’s the story of a “good girl” who wants to be viewed as more than that. April says the title character of the song “feels like no one takes her seriously. People think she’s a sweet little girl and she can be taken advantage of, but there’s more behind her than just the beauty queen image.”
April reveals that she enjoyed making the song’s video, as well. “It was my first professional video shoot and it was a really long day, but I had so much fun,” she enthuses. “We were hoping for good weather and we got it until a downpour started just as we were filming the final scene.” Still, she says she’s pleased with the way it came out, and feels as though the video captures the song’s lyrics perfectly.
Lyrics are a big part of why April writes and performs music, and what she hopes her identity will ultimately be as an artist. “The reason I love doing music is that it truly brings people together. I believe that the lyric is the heart of a song, and without substance, you won’t make a lasting impression. It doesn't matter where you're from or what language you speak, music is a universal language, and if I can touch just one person with a melody or lyric of mine, I've done my job as an artist.“