What 24 year old can say they've sang backup for music icons like Stevie Wonder, Ray Parker, Jr., Stax great William Bell? Or have been able to handle the responsibility of honoring the Memphis Horns at the Memphis Music Hall of Fame Ceremony? It's no wonder GRAMMY-winning producer Paul Ebersold has found himself in the studio working with her on her debut album.
“Who’s that singing?” That’s the common reaction when people first hear Kyndle's voice.
Although she’s just been part of the Memphis scene for a few years, she’s been a welcome
surprise to just about everyone lucky enough to have experienced her warm, soulful singing.
Technically flawless, yet richly emotive and imbued with a freshness and passion that immediately draws in
listeners, Kyndle wields her stunning instrument with a maturity and musicality far beyond her years.
“I feel very fortunate about all the things that have happened for me so far, but now, working on songs and
being in the studio, I’m figuring out who I really am, what my music is. Writing has helped me find my voice. I ask myself, “What do I want to say?” It’s nailing down what makes me get up in the morning, what drives
me, what makes my heart swell up with joy. I'm writing pop music, but in a very classic way. The core of it
is soul, but there are pop elements, as well as rock and jazz. It’s a melting pot of everything I am.”
Kyndle has gained her widest audience performing a dizzying range of music with the Memphis Ukulele Band, an all-star line up of GRAMMY-winning producer/engineer Matt Ross-Spang (Jason isbell, Margo Price), Memphis Recording Academy Senior Executive Director Jon Hornyak, as well as other key players. At the band’s concerts and on their eponymous debut for Memphis-based Music+Arts Studio, Kyndle sings the classic pop of Roy Orbison’s “Blue Bayou,” the Stax Southern soul classic “You Keep Me Hanging On,” a sultry take on Melanie’s folk-rock oldie, “Brand New Key” and even the modern pop of “Valerie,” best known by the late Amy Winehouse. With Kyndle fronting the band, the MUB has performed on Nashville’s Music City Roots, known as the Grand Ole Opry of Americana, and has even taken their ukes back to the instruments’ homeland with a successful 2016 tour of Hawaii.
A University of Memphis alumni, Kyndle was a five year member of Sound Fuzion, an elite group of talented students fielded
by the college, resulting in her graduating college completely debt free. As much of a blessing as that was, she still had to "pay the bills". She then started her career as a session/live singer in an assortment of cover bands, primarily with the bands Bluff City Soul Collective and Garry Goin & the G3 Band. She also recorded and performed music with local Memphis band, the Mason Jar Fireflies, while at the U of M. Part of that band was long-time songwriting and life partner Adam Gowdy, who is currently co-writing her solo project today.
Photography credits: Adrian Berryhill, Paul Ebersold, Adrian Mayfield