“My Superstitions is an energetic & playful take on the feeling of letting someone new into your heart – you like them so much it makes you scared of getting hurt by them. Rich with excitement, passion, and the kind of infectious energy that makes you get on your feet to dance with your friends, My Superstitions breathes new life into a feeling everyone has experienced before.” She adds,
“I wrote My Superstitions while feeling scared that I was going to get my heart broken again after getting into a new relationship. I wanted to give people like me a way to dance out their doubts and have fun while doing it. This track is colorful, vibrant, and straight from my heart to yours!”
This were the words from sensational singer Kelsey blackstone when she was asked about her new song. Blackstone is a power-pop singer-songwriter, dusting spontaneous magic in a succinct way.
The music of “My Superstitions” has a very groovy, funky element to it, kind of a modern pop-jazz sound, cheerful yet having the feeling of a lookout. The song is like a vessel for all the instruments to play in harmony with Blackstone’s voice, a standout.
She’s touched on the emotion of wanting to fall in love and yet feeling scared of getting your heart broken.
Using her real as her artiste name, Kelsey Blackstone received lessons at a young, she admits to not enjoying the lessons on piano and cello. She started loving music which made her enjoy playing instruments.
With parents who were both musical, this helped her to perfect her craft. Kelsey Blackstone in a recent interview with Mister Styx of musicarenagh, she made a few revelations about how her growing up was and some of the difficulties she faced been a female artiste
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What is your stage name
Is there a story behind your stage name?
No story, it’s just my real name and I grew up always getting compliments about how it sounded. So it seemed right to keep going with it!
Where do you find inspiration?
I find inspiration from nature, from my friends, and anything that reminds me of what being free feels like. I find a lot of inspiration from artists of the 60s and 70s, too. The way that they were able to establish community and just be themselves within their music is definitely something I’m trying to emulate in my career.
What was the role of music in the early years of your life?
My parents put me in piano lessons when I was 5 and cello lessons when I was 8. To be honest, I didn’t like doing lessons too much at first on either instrument since I was a very energetic child and didn’t like sitting down to have a regimented practice schedule. Over time though I grew to truly love playing both instruments. I have always been singing since I can remember, and I started taking vocal lessons when I got to high school.
Are you from a musical or artistic family?
My family is on the small side but I definitely have a few members who are musical! My mom always sang to me as a baby which I know helped my musical ears develop. My father used to play in bands while in college and my aunt sings in her church. Most of all though, my twin sister Janna and I have always loved to make music together. We spent a lot of years in orchestras and doing musical theatre productions together in middle and high school.
Who inspired you to be a part of the music industry?
I’m inspired by a lot, but one of the things that sticks with me most is remembering the dreams I’ve always had since I was little. I used to sit in front of my desktop computer for hours as a kid and listen to music from huge voices like Kelly Clarkson, Christina Aguilera, Britney Spears, Demi Lovato…
It excited me so much as a kid. To be frank, I can’t imagine myself being a part of any other industry. I have always been and will always be a musician, and I continue to be inspired by the love around me and the huge dreams that I’ve always had to succeed in this industry.
How did you learn to sing/write/to play?
Primarily as a vocalist, I continue to learn a lot from hearing other singers and taking notes from them. I have been fortunate to receive training from amazing teachers in different genres and styles throughout my life as well. I’ve studied jazz, musical theatre, and rock primarily. I think you can definitely hear all 3 of those flavors in my voice while I sing!
What was the first concert that you ever went to and who did you see perform?
Haha, the first concert I ever saw was with my family and it was the High School Musical Tour. I was like 9 (?) years old or something like that… living the dream!
How could you describe your music?
My music combines a lot of influences such as: rock, pop, jazz, and even some R&B. It’s a melting pot that combines all of the styles that I loved to listen to growing up, and all of the different types of vocal training I’ve received. It bridges retro sounds from the 60s and 70s with contemporary, synth-heavy sounds of today.
I definitely have more of a live music sound rather than in-the-box … this feels authentic to me, the music I’ve always loved, and the musical experience I am building on giving to anyone who takes time to listen. In my song ‘My Superstitions’ out on 10/14, you’ll hear all of this and more!
Describe your creative process.
To be honest I’m still figuring out this piece! Something that always helps me out of writers block is to write songs with other songwriters. I actually wrote my newest song, ‘My Superstitions’, with Diana Flynn, a good friend of mine. Going into nature, going on runs by myself, and falling in love with songs that I hear from other artists all take a part in helping me get into the creative headspace.
From my jazz training, improvisation is something I love to do to. Whether it’s improving lyrics or melody or both, it frees up my head and allows the space for whatever may come out. The song I put out this past April with my friend Garrett Goodwin, called ‘Alice’, was written this way. Roughly 90% of what you hear me singing in that song was taken from a voice memo where I first tried improving the lyrics and melody.
What is your main inspiration?
My family’s and friends’ support has definitely been extremely important in inspiring me to keep striving for new goals in the industry. Playing music with my friends and for my friends continues to bring me absolute joy – and knowing that through my songs I can bear it all: I don’t have to pretend to be anyone else.
I write what I feel and I write how I want it, and it always feels so amazing to hear others talk about feeling less alone after hearing one of my songs. I also try to expose myself to as much art as possible: paintings, movies, other music, dance… these are all the things that light up my soul, and that feeling is what inspires me .
What musician do you admire most and why?
My favorite singer of all time is Etta James. The way she can be so authentic and soulful with any song she sings is so impressive and beautiful. I strive to have that much of an emotional impact on my listeners as she does on me when I hear her sing.
Did your style evolve since the beginning of your career?
Definitely! In the start I was pretty much only using live instrument recordings since I was going for a retro sound. Although the latter part hasn’t changed, I definitely use way more midi, synth, and in-the-box production elements to round out my sound. You will definitely hear these combined elements in my new song ‘My Superstitions’!
Who do you see as your main competitor?
It may sound corny but my main competition is myself. I am a very hard worker and I’m always trying to take my music to new heights. I’ve come a long way in a short time and I am determined to always keep going.
What are your interests outside of music?
Outside of music I love to read, cook, paint, and do anything that involves being in nature like: kayaking, hiking, going on runs or swims, camping, and sunbathing, haha!
If it wasn’t a music career, what would you be doing?
If I hadn’t been accepted to the Berklee College of Music my plan was to stay at my old university and study environmental conservation. While it is something I’m passionate about, nothing compares to the passion and love I have for music.
What is the biggest problem you have encountered in the journey of music?
The biggest problem so far is comparing myself to where other people are in their music careers. I am a very determined and career-driven person, and that false yet scary feeling of “falling behind” is too real. Scrolling for too long will definitely do this to me… we, unfortunately, live in a society where everyone is plugged in all the time. While social media is an amazing way to connect artists with their fans, there are also parts of it that are very superficial and it can be hard to not feel down about that.
If you could change one thing in the music industry, what would it be?
I would in a heartbeat make it so that being a musician is as profitable as it SHOULD be. There are unfortunately way too many companies and systems that try to take advantage of artist profits.
Why did you choose this as the title of this project?
The title, ‘My Superstitions’, came about when my co-writer Diana Flynn and I were trying to sum up the main idea of the song. We wanted to take the relatable feeling of being scared once you’re in a new relationship and waiting for the other shoe to drop, and turn it into something people could dance out their doubts about love to with their friends.
What are your plans for the coming months?
I have a one-shot music video for ‘My Superstitions’ that’s being released on 10/21. I’m super excited to promote the song and video. Other than that, I have some other songs that are in the process of being written, produced, and performed live with my band. We do a lot of shows around Boston and are starting to expand our reach to the New England area. The best way to keep in touch about shows is to follow me on Instagram, kelseyblackstone 🙂
Do you have any artistic collaboration plans?
I have a song that’s set to come out in the beginning of 2023 with a good friend and longtime collaborator of mine, Jason LaPierre. We’ve been making music together for several years and it just seemed right that we finally join forces to write and produce a song together. I’m super excited about that!
What message would you like to give to your fans?
The message I’d like to give my fans is: thank you so much for being here with me. You are the ones that make this so special and real and allow me to keep going in this crazy industry! I am so grateful for anyone who supports me and my music. These wins are not just for me but for us! It’s only up from here and I’m so happy to have my supporters by my side through it all.