With a professional musician for a father, it’s no surprise to learn that show business has always been in K-Syran’s blood. Living in Norway, she was encouraged to use her voice, a stunning soprano which attracted immediate attention. It wasn’t long before she was cast as the lead in every school play, finding her feet in a creative role from an early age. She went on to train at RADA & Guildhall School of Music & Drama.
As time passed she became fluent in her instrument and it took her places she never thought she’d go. She became the lead vocalist for many up and coming acts around Europe including a jazz group in Montreaux and a rock group in Geneva. She even joined pop band Blue for their UK tour and her first major release Smoke In My Veins was released in 2015 on Intimacy Records which is distributed and synced through Sony UK / The Orchard. Indie Band Guru said of the album:
“There is a raw openness to her vocal delivery on this one that allows the listener to truly relate to the real person that is K-Syran”
This raw openness is observed clearly in the songs that she has written, especially in the language she shapes through the lyrics. “I write lyrics every day,” says K-Syran. “I could become inspired by a quote, an image, a smell, a feeling… melodies will suddenly pop into my head and I will record them on my phone. When I work in the studio, I’ll bring my lyrics with me and start to improvise. From there, I pick out the best of the improvs and record them.”
Although singing and performing have always been at the forefront of her projects, K-Syran is a multi-hyphenate career woman when it comes to the creative industries. Over time she has added director, writing and acting strings to her bow. As a playwright, she was nominated for “Best Play” at the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence In Conflict with Breaking the Silence.
One notable highlight for K-Syran came in March of 2016 when she was asked to perform her song Intimacy on International Women’s Day live from Yamaha Music London. The track celebrates feminism and serves as a manifesto for women to celebrate their femininity, sexuality and beauty regardless of their age. The song was nominated for “Best Anthem for Women’s Day” by the United Nations UK.
Reflecting on this achievement, K-Syran said:
“The power and joy of song has the ability to comfort and inspire each individual, whatever their situation may be, which is why I’ve given my song Intimacy as a gift to every woman”
2017 saw the release of her album Dizzy, produced by Philip Larsen who has previously won a Grammy for his work with Katy Perry.
This infectious slice of pop heaven showcases K-Syran’s sultry vocals and features remixes from Dan Thomas, as well as performances from drummer Steve Ferrone (Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Bee Gees, Eric Clapton, Duran Duran, Slash), the incredible bassist Garry Gary Beers from Grammy Award-winning band INXS and LA-based guitar whiz Robb Torres.
She was originally inspired to write Dizzy by a friend who gets bad panic attacks, wanting to explain how and why they happen. After reading up on the subject K-Syran became engrossed.
“It began to fascinate me how your body can just stop functioning when your emotions get too strong, so that was the starting point of the song. I also get an incredible high when I perform, like a surge of adrenaline, and I connected the two. I love, love, love the creative process!”
An avid performer, K-Syran can’t wait to take her music out on the road. “I love performing and interacting with my audience, empowering people through music. This is really the reason I do this, to share with fans. The opportunity to express myself, and touch other people while doing so, is an amazing feeling. I am thankful every day to be able to live out my dream.”