Connecticut native April Kry has lived in Nashville for the past five years, writing, recording and forging her own unique sound in the process. She visited the MusicRow offices recently to perform music she has been working on for an upcoming project.
A pastor’s daughter, Kry was raised primarily on contemporary Christian and pop music, until she heard the captivating voice of Martina McBride. It seems natural that Kry would take inspiration from a fellow petite vocal powerhouse.
“Her voice is so powerful and I was just drawn to the honesty in the songs she sang,” Kry says. “It made me want to sing country music.”
At 18, Kry was already garnering enough attention to perform at the Apollo Theater’s Amateur night and appear as a background vocalist for Enya, and she moved to Nashville at age 20 to pursue her musical ambitions.
During her visit to the MusicRow offices, Kry offered a trio of songs, including “While We’re Young,” which she penned with Stephanie Bentley, Micah Wilshire, and Jennifer Pappas. “While We’re Young” earned a glowing review from MusicRow contributor Robert K. Oermann.
Like most artists, Kry has endured the long wait that comes with being a rising independent artist trying to get heard in the music industry.
“I had been doing so much recording, performing, writing, and pounding the pavement for several years and I felt like I was ready, but I kept being told to wait,” she says.
Kry channeled that artistic frustration into “Hurry Up and Wait,” penned with Jordy Searcy.
Kry possesses a powerfully versatile instrument capable of letting loose with soaring soulful notes on the choruses and drawing back to introspective, earthy contemplations on the verses. She pours that ability into the slow burn “I Feel At Home,” which was penned with Blair Daly.
“It was one of those sessions where you write a song in 20 minutes and you just know it’s a good song.”
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