DAN CEARNS The Standard
KAWARTHA LAKES: 21 year-old singer/songwriter Kylie McCullough has quickly been making a name for herself in the music industry.
On Monday, Aug. 21st, Ms. McCullough, who goes by the stage name Kylie Alora, released a new single titled “Ain’t Gonna Put Up a Fight.”
“It's a fun tongue in cheek song, and it's all about a spin-off on the games people play at the beginning of relationships,” Ms. McCullough told The Standard. “It's basically the girl saying 'I'm not gonna put up a fight.' If she likes the guy, she is just going to go for it.”
This release comes a few weeks after she signed on with Radar Love Records, which is headed by the original drummer and founder of Glass Tiger, Michael Hanson.
"I was really excited. I've been working with Michael Hanson for a while now, we've known each other for a while, and it's been great, because this is an up and coming label, so I'm one of the artists on it amongst a couple other artists that are really great, as well,” she said. “It's been great so far, they've been very helpful and are a really supportive team. I love how much they believe in me.”
The new single will be part of her new EP (extended play, a musical recording that contains more than a single, but less than a full album). She explained to The Standard what people can expect from the EP.
"It's a mixture, sound-wise, of fun pop type stuff, but then also has some serious songs on it; more of my singer, songwriter side. The second single is called Grounded and it's a ballad,” she said.
Ms. McCullough expects to release the full EP early in 2018. She grew up in Little Britain. Her family later moved to Lindsay, and she has been living in Toronto for almost three and a half years.
She said she grew up around music.
“My mom (Heather) is a gospel singer, so I grew up singing in church with her, and I used to go to a bunch of her concerts with her, and I'd be the guest singer,” Ms. McCullough said. “Eventually, I ventured out into the country/pop scene and just did the Lindsay [Exhibition] and all the Fairs around this area and festivals, and then I ventured off into the pop music industry and just decided that it was going to be my career.”
The 21 year-old describes her music style as a “very fun pop.”
She explained why she decided to choose the stage name Kylie Alora.
“My last name was too hard to spell and pronounce, I've noticed over the years, so I came up with Alora because I love the name Alora, I think it is a beautiful name, but it also means God's Light, which is close to my heart.”
In 2016, Ms. McCullough performed background vocals for Alessia Cara, during the Much Music Video Awards (MMVAs).
“I heard about [the opportunity] through my vocal coach and I ended up auditioning for the part,” she said."It was so much fun. I met amazing people. I got to work with Alessia Cara's crew and they were all so lovely and accepting and the band was awesome. She was a lovely person too, she was great.”
A year earlier, she was named a finalist in the RBC Canada’s Walk of Fame Emerging Artist program contest.
"I was in the top five for that and it was really awesome. I got to perform at [Young-Dundas Square] and I got to go to the Canada's Walk of Fame awards and met Michael Bublé and Shawn Mendes, and it was just really fun.”
Ms. McCullough said she wants to be a role model for youth.
“That's big for me, I want to be able to inspire youth and create a generation that is not afraid to be who they are and to stand up for what they believe in and not get judged for it,” she said. “I put that in the lyrics of my songs, and just the whole idea of us coming together and being the 'light in the darkness.'”
She also said some of her music focuses on mental health issues.
“I've suffered from anxiety my whole life, and that's actually helped me write the music I have written, and helps me to be able to relate to teens out there who go through the same thing and let them know that they are not alone in that.”
Ms. McCullough also credited the local community with giving her the support she needs to succeed.
“My community is my greatest support, always. They've known me since I was a little girl and they've watched my journey. I have some great friends from Lindsay, who are always messaging me and wanting updates on everything that is happening in my music life, and anytime I come back and visit, I always bump into people and they're always asking me what's happening with my music and when something is getting released,” she said.
People can check out Ms. McCullough’s music on iTunes, YouTube, and on her new website, www.kyliealora.com, when her EP is launched.
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