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The Pulse of Entertainment: Jazz Pianist Kayla Waters to Perform at the Birchmere August 17, 2019

Billboard topping Jazz pianist Kayla Waters.

*As the daughter of Urban Jazz saxophonist Kim Waters, Kayla Waters took to the piano at six years. Her professional training gave her the skills that allowed her to perform with her father in concert and in the studio. On Saturday August 17, 2019 she performs with him father the Birchmere Music Hall in Alexandria, Virginia. Last year she released her sophomore album “Coevolve”.

“The name of the album…represents growth as an artist,” Kayla Waters said when asked. “It symbolizes new ground. You plant a seed; the seed gets water, then it blossoms. God gave me the concept. I prayed about it.”

Selections on her “Coevolve” (Trippin N’ Rhythm/Sony) project include “Lil’ Mustard Seed,” “Heaven Said So” and “Sweet Agape.” By the titles of the songs you can tell the project is God inspired. The Howard University graduate is also a vocalist, producer, songwriter and arranger.

“One (song) is about a mustard seed and one ‘Signs of Wonder’…linked directly to God,” Kayla admitted. “It’s all been a spiritual journey.”

Kim Waters wrote one of the 12 songs on the “Coevolve” project.

“I did all the writing except for ‘Black Cove’, my father wrote that,” Waters pointed out. “The whole journey was a spiritual experience – God led me. He gave me different sounds to make it come to life, like ‘Signs of Wonder,’ I grew closer to God.”

The current single from the “Coevolve” album is titled “Zephyr.”

“The name of the single means fresh wind or breeze,” she said. “The single sets the tone for the album.”

Kayla debuted in 2017 with the “Apogee” and its single “I Am” reached #1 on Billboard. She was honored with the Rising Star in Jazz Award from the Black Women in Jazz and the Arts Foundation and the Best Jazz Artist Award at the Wammies in Washington, DC. Kayla Waters played for and performed with legendary artists such as Stevie Wonder, Patrice Rushen and Ray Chew.  She has performed on the BET Network for “Black Girls Rock.” Kayla talents have graced the stages at the Newport Beach Jazz Festival, Catalina Island Jazztrax Festival and the Music City Jazz Festival – to name a few. You can see Kayla Waters perform with her legendary father saxophonist Kim Waters on Saturday August 17th at the Birchmere Music Hall (3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria, VA 22305). www.IAmKaylaWaters.com www.Birchmere.com

SYNDICATED COLUMN: Eunice Moseley, has an estimated weekly readership of over ¼ million with The Pulse of Entertainment. She is also a Public Relations Strategist and Business Management Consultant at Freelance Associates, and is Promotions Director (at-large) for The Baltimore Times. www.ThePulseofEntertainment.com. EVENT: Eunice is founder of the annual “Uplifting Minds II” Entertainment Conference (ULMII), into its 20th year. Next event dates Los Angeles Saturday, November 9, 2019 at the Los Angeles Convention Center (511) and Baltimore Saturday April 18, 2020 in partnership with Security Square Mall and The Baltimore Times offering an Entertainment Business Panel and a Talent Showcase and Competition (vocal, songwriting, dance and acting) with over $15,000 valued in prizes to selected artists.  Log onto www.UpliftingMinds2.com for more information or to participate as a panelist or talent call 562-424-3836.

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