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Kaylene Peoples

Kaylene Peoples is what you call a quadruple threat. She was a model and 2-time Miss California; she is a vocalist with a rare 5-octave range, a multi-instrumentalist, and a prolific composer/arranger/conductor. Kaylene graduated from UCLA with a B.A. in Composition and Ethnomusicology, and completed an elite Masters program in Film Scoring under the direction of Academy Award-winner composer Walter Scharf. She also mentored with Academy Award-winner composers David Raksin and Henry Mancini; and has even played piano side by side with Oscar winner film composer Jerry Goldsmith. Kaylene has written and conducted countless string arrangements for record labels, including Capitol Records, Polygram, Warner Bros., EMI, and Universal/Republic. Her dossier doesn’t just stop there. She has written huge bodies of musical works including neo-classical symphonies and composed and conducted a ten-Act ballet titled Apocalitica. Her orchestration skills can be heard on several movie sound tracks, including American Pie 2, Serendipity, Ruby, and her own multi-award-winning feature film she directed, Redemption. She is also an award-winning L.A. Music Awards producer for Best R&B Album of the Year and Best New Artist Christina Fasano’s Spiritually Wet. Kaylene’s first jazz CD All Jazzed Up! made a splash across the nation when her single, “Do You Remember,” was played across the country. The single climbed to the top of the independent charts (AC40/NMW! Top 100 Chart/FMQB & ACQB!, and Indie 100 chart). Her newest CD My Man is making quite an impression on jazz lovers through the airwaves and in concert. Since the release of My Man, Kaylene has repeatedly hit #1 on the Reverbnation Jazz Charts, and remains in the Top 40; and from My Man, “Giant Steps” won Best Jazz Song for the Akademia Music Awards in December 2015.

Kaylene Peoples is a fan of the Great American Song Book. She chooses classics that touch the heart of human emotion. Songs such as “My Funny Valentine,” “Lush Life,” and “Smile” are performed in ways never heard before. Because Kaylene is a classically trained composer, just covering a tune “as-is” has never appealed to her—she makes it special, giving old songs a new arrangement. Each performance comes complete with its very own backstory; and her audiences feels something very personal with every song she sings. This is obvious with her arrangements of “Take 5,” “Stormy Weather,” “Giant Steps,” “Spain,” and “Nature Boy”—Kaylene weaves in substitutions for standard chords, incorporates polished solos, scats, and blows you away with her effortless 1-5 octave vocal leaps. Whenever she performs, she showcases instrumental virtuosity along with her trademarked, vocal style. Kaylene takes singing to a completely new level; and when hearing her play her flute, Dave Valentine, Ian Anderson, and Hubert Laws immediately come to mind. Growing up, her parents supported her love affair with music, and to this day she performs with the rare solid silver flute her dad bought her after winning a talent show in high school. As a result, Kaylene’s soloing instrument of choice is the flute. In honor of her father’s memory, she incorporates it heavily into her music.

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“I enjoyed every bit of Kaylene Peoples's show at Catalina Jazz Club; but what really made the most impact was her unique style. I hadn't really seen much of this type of stage presence in recent jazz performances.”

— Patrick Abrel, Journalist

“Kaylene Peoples skillfully handled Dave Brubeck’s “Take 5” and showed off her range by scatting the catchy rhythms. On “How Deep Is the Ocean,” her solid, sensual tone reached down into the heart of that classic ballad with a speedy punctuated lyrical voice she dashed off Chick Corea’s “Spain.” Her flute solo on “How Insensitive” echoed a haunting, lonely sound while she put forth a pulsing beat . . . a beat that reminded me of flutist Yuseff Lateef’’s gorgeous playing.”

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Album Discography

Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

Carol of the Bells

Boogsey Music
2017

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MY MAN

Boogsey Music Label/ City Hall Records Distribution
2015

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The Meaning of...

Boogsey Music
2013

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All Jazzed Up!

Boogsey Music
2005

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Take Five

From: MY MAN
By Kaylene Peoples

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