What does winning Wisconsin Dream Night Talent Search competition mean to you?
Winning the competition was amazing and it was a great opportunity to meet musicians and vocalists from all around the Midwest. The judges for the competition were from all over the US and shared their wealth of knowledge about the music industry and acted as mentors for us all weekend. It was awesome to work with judges who really invested their time and talents in each contestant. They talked about what steps were needed to promote yourself and get recognized along with the importance of staying connected to fans and so much more! Most of all, it was an opportunity to sing in front of others and get constructive feedback from the judges and fellow competitors.
What Inspired You to Become a Musician?
I have been singing as long as I can remember. In my house, music was and still is always on, whether it be on the radio or the television. My family would always turn on the radio in the car and we would sing along to the music. I used to sing along to the Wiggles and Kids Bop songs as a toddler. Then later, I watched Disney channel and I was influenced by the Disney stars. Then High School Musical came along and I absolutely fell in love with the music and movies. (I actually still am!) I really love Tori Kelly and Adele today.
What surprises have you encountered in pursuing your music career?
I am surprised at how other artists have been so supportive and willing to give advice. They are also great sports during competitions and we cheer each other on and give out high-fives. I have met a bunch of talented and generous musicians throughout my singing experiences.
What has been your biggest challenge to date?
My biggest challenge yet is trying to decide what genre of music I want to go into. I love Country, R & B. contemporary Christian, and Pop. I just need to stick to one genre for a possible career.
What’s your process for writing lyrics and where do you get the inspiration for your songs?
I don’t have any published songs currently, but in my free time I love to write songs. I usually start with the lyrics. The lyrics come from what I am feeling and what is happening in my life at the time. Then, I think of some chords on the guitar to put together.
Have you shared the stage with anyone we might know?
I have opened for local people and bands, but I haven’t worked with anybody that you would know because I am still an up and coming artist.
Anything else you want to share?
I am starting to learn guitar and the basics of piano. I am looking forward to hopefully working with a band in the future.
If want to find me, like me on Facebook at Kaylin Brandsma Music, follow me on Twitter and Instagram at Kaylinbrandsma, and subscribe to my YouTube channel Kaylin Sings.
You can check out Kaylin at http://www.talentwatch.com/artist/profile/kaylinbrandsma