Growing up with a mom who was a professional singer, being on stage and performing came pretty early for Los Angeles-based Kady Z. “I was obsessed with ‘The Little Mermaid,’” she explained, “I wanted to be Ariel, and I got to go on stage and sing with my mom when I was about three.”
After the family moved from New York to LA, she focused on normal kid stuff, but at some point at the end of high school, when it was around the time that people start thinking about what they want to do with their lives, she decided that music was it. “I had the direction and I had some songs, but I needed help to get my stuff out there,” she explained. “I would share things with my friend Nick, who is now my manager, and he ended up setting me up with ToneDef, who ended up producing my album.”
Her EP came out in March. “It’s been exciting — “Beautiful Disaster” was at number 53 on Billboard,” she shared, and the full album, One Million Pieces, is out August 5th. “We were in the studio for six months, writing and recording. The songs are personal. “Ordinary Girl” is about a special situation that suddenly makes someone extraordinary. “I’m passionate about my lyrics and being honest in them. I don’t pretend I’m too cool for school,” she laughed.
For now, she’s off on “a very stripped down, acoustic” tour. And she’s got some very practical advice for future performers: “Don’t stink.”
Hygiene and honesty — two themes that are easy to get on stage with.
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She recently got the chance to walk the red carpet at the Grammy Awards.
Her influences include Gwen Stefani, the UK's Robbie Williams and some legendary singers like Ella Fitzgerald.
To relax, Kady likes to "lie on the floor and sleep." She was joking, but we see the appeal.