It was Christmas of ‘94. My Dad’s couch was littered with balls of crumpled up newspaper comics (I always assumed that the Christmas elves were avid New York Times readers) as I unwrapped a stack of what would be the Genesis of my CD collection.
CrazySexyCool was the first to free itself out of the annoying constraints of its plastic and sticky-taped binding and into my CD player. Before this, TLC only came by way of bittersweet seconds of radio play while my Mom would browse stations for Garth Brooks. At eight years old, I was confident that I was ready to kick it like the girls who sat in the back of the bus and sink my baby teeth into songs that had more substance than Raffi’s, Banana Phone. Priding myself as an observant kid, I noticed that even though the overall sexual subject matter of CrazySexyCool wasn’t something I could completely understand or even understand that I couldn’t completely understand it, that didn’t stop me from drawing a line in sharpie under my right eye (because I thought it was my left) and singing about the importance of water safety (don’t go chasing waterfalls) to my generic beanie babies.
kayln rock comes from Hudson, New York, a small town just north of New York City. She grew up in the house her grandfather was raised in. She recalls, “When I was young, my Dad would play Buddy Holly songs for me on his guitar. “I would dance on top of his feet as he held my hands listening to The Police.” She went to SUNY Purchase, planning to write for the screen and stage. It was while attending a filmmaking course in Maine, the summer of 2008, that she picked up her friend’s guitar and the songs began to pour out of her. “I think it was a creative domino effect of sorts. If I hadn’t decided to branch out and study film that summer, I don’t think I would have found the confidence to express myself through songwriting.”
rock’s latest album Passenger is available through iTunes and other online vendors starting in January of 2012. The album is also for sale her website www.kaylnrock.com. Fans can also check out her out on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube, and read up on the day-to-day happenings of a 25 year-old hopeful romantic that writes songs and plays shows.