South Wales based country-pop artist Kaysha Louvain learned her craft over 10 years playing and writing music in various bands.
Drawing heavily on her Welsh roots and love of 80s and 90s pop, which has mainly been delivered through her parents record collection. Kaysha wears her influences firmly on her sleeve, derived from her love of the honesty of country music.
Embracing a slice of melodic sun-kissed 80s style pop Kaysha’s new single, Summer Lovers is set to be part of our summer playlists.
Here, Kaysha reveals her music inspirations to Andy Howells.
What was the first song that made an impact on you?
The first song that had an impact on me and made me release I wanted to be a songwriter was Belfast Child by Simple Minds.
The influence behind the song is so tragic, to convey that into such a beautiful song is so good.
The music is from the folk song She moved through the fair and Belfast Child is what led me into my love of folk music and later on Country Music.
What was the first single or download you bought?
This is a tough one as I can’t remember owning many singles, it was all albums when I was young. There were certainly no downloads happening back then. I think I did own Wherever You Will Go by The Calling around 2001? So that was probably one of the firsts.
What was the first album you owned?
From what I remember Steps – Gold was the first album I bought, I’m a 90’s kid so it was 2001 and I was 6. Don’t judge me, haha!
What’s your constant go-to track?
There are so many, but it has to be Little Red Wagon by Miranda Lambert from her Platinum album. It’s has everything, great lyrics, big drums and punchy guitars. It makes me feel good and if I ever need the inspiration to write, this song does the trick.
What’s your constant go-to album?
I think I have to follow on from my last answer and say Platinum by Miranda Lambert. Miranda Lambert is one of my favourite artists of all time and this album sums up everything I love about her. The honest songwriting and the stellar vocals. The album has everything, the songs to make you feel and reflect as well as the ones to make you want to party.
Who’s your latest music discovery?
As my latest single Summer Lovers was being played on Jess T on Country Radio, an artist called Tyler Joe Miller was being played as well. I’m so glad I tuned in. I’m really into his music at the moment.
What’s your own track that best defines you as an artist?
I think my next single Nobody Does It Like Me gives everyone an insight to what I enjoy to produce as an artist. It’s got good riffs, sweet harmonies and a good catchy chorus.