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May 05, 2004 - K’Alyn shares his Acoustic Soul with Pittsburgh

For Immediate Release: 5/5/04

K’Alyn shares his Acoustic Soul with Pittsburgh

Friday, May 28, 2004
Shadow Lounge (Pittsburgh, PA)
Hip-Hop Café Series:  Featured Artist
10p-12a :: Followed by a open mic with Live music by The Rain, hosted 
by Hutch
Cover $8
18+ Over

Presented by Urban Kontent Brand
Contact:  Justin Strong  412-363.8277

K’Alyn Bio...

Student of classic-soul icons Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye, an admirer 
pioneers Jimi Hendrix, Sly Stone, and Prince, and a fanatic of 
songsters Sting and 
Joni Mitchell. K'Alyn's approach to song, is to captivate the heart and 
mind. The 
Washington, DC-born singer, songwriter, guitarist, producer, released 
his first 
solo cd, Coco in 1999 to critical acclaim.   This record explores 
K'Alyn's folkish-
soul roots and features the extraordinary talents of producer, Sean 
"the Rick" 
Rickman who played drums, bass, guitar and sang background vocals, 
creating a 
classic record.  After the release of Coco,  K'Alyn began grinding on 
the DC music 
scene, developing alliances with other area artists, W. Ellington 
Felton and 
Raheem DeVaughn, through countless live performances, while 
establishing a 
tremendous loyal fan-base.  This fan-base was not limited to the DC 
area, reaching 
people in nearly every continent of the world through his self-created 
website,  It was during this time that K'Alyn began assembling 
influences and experiences that would later define his unique sound, 
style and 
approach to music in the projects to come.

The Coco record caught the attention of grammy-nominated artist Meshell 
Ndegeocello who invited him to open for her at the 9:30 club in DC. She 
asked him to sing background vocals with her on tours to follow and he 
has been a 
member of her band ever since. Having now performed all over the United 
Japan and Europe, K'Alyn began work on his second release, The Beauty 
of… which 
showcases the talents of Federico Gonzalez Peña on keyboards, Funky 
Chuck Evansand 
David Dyson on bass guitar and features guest vocal appearances by W. 
Felton and Raheem DeVaughn.  The Beauty of… is K'Alyn's first glimpse 
at playing 
the role of producer.  The recording of the record proved to be more 
significantly, a learning experience of sound, textures and mastery of 
recording process.  

Months after the release of The Beauty of…, he recorded his 
self-produced, third 
cd tentatively titled, Verse 1, Chapter III, in about two weeks, 
performing almost 
every note himself.  This record shows his growth as a songwriter and 
expansion of the K'Alyn sound.  Merging electronic sounds with acoustic 
sparse harmonies, and R & B roots, Verse 1, Chapter III, may prove to 
be the 
breakthrough record.

When not touring with Meshell, K'Alyn has been producing tracks for his 
own side 
projects to come and collaborating with W. Ellington Felton, Raheem 
(Jive Records), and Ayanna Gregory.  Two such collaborations have lead 
to major 
record releases with W. Ellington Felton and K'Alyn's "Beautifully 
appearing on Prince Paul's2003 release Politics of the Business, and 
guitar work which appears on Raheem Devaughn's song "Believe" on the 
upcoming Jive 
release, The Love Experience. 

"Expanding my territory," is what K'Alyn prays for in the future of his 
journey "staying honest and true to my own musical integrity…never 
negating the 
progress that the forefathers died for."  

Friday, May 28, 2004.  Doors Open at 10pm :: Stage time 10:45pm :: 
Followed by a 
open mic with live music by The Rain, hosted by Hutch.  $8 at the Door.  
BYOB $2 
Cork per Person.  More information contact Justin Strong 412.363.8277