With an undeniably recognizable falsetto after the first listen, Kyle Dion possesses soul that extends far beyond his 21 years. After his rendition of fellow neo-soul artist, Frank Ocean’s “Thinking About You” received over 2.7 million views on YouTube, Dion’s transition to Soundcloud sensation was seamless. His newfound cult following grew into a loyal fan base that gave his debut mixtape, Sixes and Sevens over 1.2 million plays. Way before any projects, Dion and Kehlani connected with each other on Soundcloud, forming a new, creative friendship, and she would later feature him on her first EP, Cloud 9. Dion’s youthful, genre-bending perspective is only just beginning, expanding even further with the release of his second full-length project, Painting Sounds, in early 2016.Read more
Despite the fusion of jazz, funk, and doo wop, amongst other various sounds first heard on Sixes and Sevens, in which Kyle worked with producers such as QnAce, Jahaan Sweet, and Instinctz, Kyle admits, “If you wanted to classify me as R&B though, you wouldn’t be wrong.” He openly admits his roots sprout from a familiar place of “hella runs” and soulful lyricism. Authenticity has run through his blood since he wrote his first song at nine-years-old, rightfully titled “I Wanna Know,” a process he would carry into an industry full of artists with ghostwriters and co-writers. His well-rounded talent has set him apart from singers who have yet to know the struggle of a songwriter.
In late 2014, Kyle connected with emerging R&B artist Kehlani, through the close-knit Internet music community. While briefly residing in LA, the two recorded “How We Do Us” for the Bay-area native’s first EP Cloud 19, which received over 2 million listens, launching Kyle into an even bigger arena where he flourished. The collaboration of two young artists became more than simply musical, as a friendship bloomed. It would be difficult to not feel a genuine connection with the soft-demeanored, musical catalyst, religiously rocking the signature tousled curls and round glasses. Even without a hearing ear, it’s easy to identify the raw foundation that Kyle has laid for himself in all aspects of his music and life, just by glancing his way.
Despite youth and an assumed naivety, Kyle’s identity and worldly awareness remind you age is but a number, and wise souls rest in young bodies. After the release of Sixes & Sevens, the gravitational pull towards Los Angeles for the Florida-native was unassailable. Even though his sound was established behind small town bedroom walls, Kyle always knew he “fit in” to LA’s booming industry. With an perspective now in an overpopulated city, his inspiration stems from the range of his surroundings, his version of tranquility and heartbreak, and a rendition of experiences highlighted in tracks such as “Purple Meadows,” “The Other Night in LA,” and his newest singles off Painting Sounds, “Another Life” and “Get You Alone.” A connection with both his own reality and a matured understanding of emotions has allowed Kyle to harness his voice and his words into a force bursting through the Internet music scene at breakneck pace.
From winning over his own fans-turned-friends, a following now reaching over 32K across all platforms, from the comfort of his childhood bedroom in his tiny hometown of Coral Springs, Florida, to now taking on the bright lights of Los Angeles, Kyle’s fire is certainly burning bright enough to compete. His second project is set to release in early 2016, not to mention that it’s been a little over a year since his Sixes and Sevens debut. Painting Sounds is just the beginning of a career only fit for the genre-defiers and the earth-shakers.
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