Known best for her role on the hit NBC television show, "The Good Place", and ABC's hit show, "Speechless", actress, singer, songwriter Kaleigh Krause has just released her new single sensation entitled, "Twisted // Mistake". The track comes from the heart of her own personal experiences and promotes a very special message.
The song is inspirational and hopeful...."This song was inspired by heartbreak and the struggle to cope with losing someone who was once such a staple in your day-to-day life. The vital part about this song is it's message that every emotional storm comes to an end and every person is capable of pulling through the heartbreak. Everyone has strength greater than they realize".
I spoke with Kaleigh regarding her already fabulous career at only age 19, and found her to be passionate about her artistry and serious about her professionality. She was animated and fun, and it's easy to see she will have a great career ahead of her...
I listened to your song, and I love the whole attitude surrounding it. I feel however it was very personal.
Thank you. It is very personal.
What is the message you're hoping to get out there with your new single?
The main message I'm trying to get through is to cherish the people in your life and treat them well while you have them. Nobody is permanent. Whether they are family or friends, nobody is permanent. It's easy to fall into that pattern thinking that they are, but you want to make sure that they know that they are loved and cherished as opposed to taking that for granted.
When you write your songs are they usually of a personal nature?
Usually, yeah. It's either pretty personal or it's some experience I've come across in life that I think is important and above all it's something that I usually think that other people can relate to easily. Something that I don't think I'm the only one who's been through it, so I think it warrants writing a song about it.
You're also an actress in several major network sitcoms...Is that so much fun?
I am. It's amazing. Anyone of these outlets for me in the entertainment industry is fascinating and an amazing challenge for me. I love being on set or in the studio. There is this adrenaline rush that comes over me and I haven't found anything that parallels it. So both of those things are amazing to me and I love being able to channel my creative outlets in those.
You have been creative for a while, how old were you when you started?
If we are being real I probably started being creative when I popped out of my mom but, officially I started around 12/13 years old in the business. It took a lot of convincing my parents that I was ready and that I wanted to do this. When it finally happened it was amazing. I was very blessed.
How old are you now?
I'm about to turn 20 this year.
How does it feel being so young and so successful at the same time?
This industry is very challenging because there is a lot of rejection. But I've learned that it has nothing to do with you. You have to focus on your dream and your aspirations in life. Just know that the rejection doesn't define you. So there are some days where I think anybody in this industry forgets what defines success, but in my opinion you define your success. So I think that I have done very well so far, and I can't wait to keep going because this is my passion. This is my love in life, and who wouldn't want to do what they love doing.
Who were your influences growing up?
Oh my gosh, this is so hard...I've had so many influences growing up because my dad was in Post Productions. I was exposed to all these different artists and genres. That's why I haven't even really settled on one myself. But I'd I had to choose a couple of people, one would be actress Audrey Hepburn. I love her messages. There's some of her most famous quotes that get me through my days. Honestly, I love her movies. I think she was an amazing woman. As far as artists, I use to grow up listening to a lot of country music, because my mom is from the Mid-West. So I sing to people like Sarah Evans, and I think she's really inspirational. Her music brings a great message to people. Currently if I'm talking about who influences me now, one woman that I look up to a lot, and she's not even that much older than me is Selena Gomez. I just think she's gone through so much and she has so much to say. And she doesn't apologize for who she is.
So what's next for you? Any new projects on the horizon?
As far as acting I'm going into the episodic season so I'm hoping to get cast in some more new shows over the summer and get some work done on that front. Also I am trying to break into the modeling industry as well. So that is another project that's coming up for me. So I'll see what happens with that. As far as music I'm always writing, always at my studios which is my house...I'm always in there and it's always available for me to work at.
What advice would you give someone who was wanting to break into the industry?
That's always such a hard question. I would have to say first of all you have to make sure that you really, really want it. You've got to not only love it, but you've got to put in the work for it and know that even if you love it and work for it, it's all going to come down to luck at the end of the day. So it's those three things that kind of all come together.
Written by Eileen Shapiro
I work with Jimmy Star and am a NY Times best selling author and rock star journalist....currently write for Get Out Mag, PureM, Classic Pop, Huffington Post, and several others....I write pop culture interviews with well established talent and up and coming great talent...look forward to working with you....