Winning the Deuce Radio Airplay competition was very exciting for me. Artists these days need as much extra help as they can get and organizations like TalentWatch not only spread awareness about local events and competitions but also help spread our music to ears that would have never have heard it before.
What inspired you to become a musician?
Wow great question, it really wasn’t a choice I was born a musician. It did take a few years to figure out what all my feelings meant, but once I discovered my voice, everything made sense and fell into place… well as into place as they could being an artist 😉 My most prominent memory was the first time I took the stage in grade 5; when I got off that stage after performing as the lead Angel, I knew right then and there that I wanted to make a living centered around that feeling.
What surprises have you encountered in pursuing your music career?
Hmmm…. surprises, I guess when I figured out who I really was through all of this. I had to admit and embrace my short comings and improve on myself as a person and musician before I was able to truly grow and perfect my craft. The music industry is pretty brutal, people aren’t kidding when they say you’ll be a “struggling musician” but like I said earlier it’s not a choice it’s who I am, it’s in my blood.
What has been your biggest challenge to date?
My biggest challenge to date has been embracing this life choice. I struggled for a few years after graduating music school and was in the delusion that things would just happen for me and I would blink my eyes and be famous. After a year of constant struggle and no visible progress I accepted the role of a 9-5-er. I had moved to Toronto for my music career but it wasn’t going the way I had planned so I started working in a marketing firm as an event coordinator. It was actually a great job, I was flown all over Canada organizing parties for Tommy Hilfiger stores, and Virgin mobile. Even with all of that I wasn’t happy, even though I had money, stability, excitement, it wasn’t the recipe that worked for me. That was one of the toughest/ easiest decisions I’ve had to make.
What’s your process for writing lyrics and where do you get the inspiration for your songs?
To write I need to be in the mood, I never know when the mood will come but it usually helps when I am doing something different and adventurous, like taking a trip, going up to the country, or going on tour. I am inspired by adventure whether it be the adventure of a musical project, vacation, breakup, and or life change.
Tell us about your most memorable performances.
This isn’t going to sound very uplifting but my most memorable performance was singing for my best friends fathers funeral. She had asked me to sing while the casket was being walked into the church. That moment was one of the most surreal moments of my life, for once I was singing for a purpose my voice was helping build a moment I felt like I was finally giving back with my voice.
Have you shared the stage with anyone we would know?
I am currently performing with some of the best performers in Montreal. I don’t think their names would ring any bells but a lot of them have backed world renown performers such as Lulu, Celine Dion, Nicky Yanofsky, Antoine Gratton, and Adam Cohen. These musicians show up prepared, perfected, and on time and they have been able to sustain very stable and successful careers for super stars 🙂
Anything else you want to share?
Yes I am trying to raise money to shoot my first ever music video and I only have 10 days left to raise $600. I am asking for peoples support by donating to my Pledge! To do so they can click on this link, http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/kailapicardmusicvideo and choose an “exclusive” which are gifts that I can give to say thank you in my own way. http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/kailapicardmusicvideo
Check out Kaila Picard at http://www.talentwatch.com/artist/profile/kailapicard