Born and raised in Oklahoma, you can’t help but hear and feel Kinnie’s roots in her voice and music. She’s a country girl at heart, but couldn’t wait to grow up and get out to see the world. After graduating with her Bachelor’s in Musical Theater from Oklahoma City University, she moved to New York City where she immediately started touring the country with Broadway shows. She absolutely loved traveling the country, but the theater life never sat right with her. She left the life of touring and theater after 5 years, having done 4 national tours and visiting 48 states.
Kinnie went in a completely different direction with her life and started teaching for Imagine Swimming, a prominent swim school in NYC. She helped to write their Baby Swim program that utilized song to comfort young infants in the water. When she wasn’t teaching, she was singing backup vocals and gently ‘managing’ a friend’s band. Over the years she gradually taught less and less and was doing more and more for the band. At the end of 2010, she taught her final classes and once again found herself pursuing music full-time. She and her friends purchased a van off of Craigslist and decided to travel and sing their way across the country to San Diego. The majority of 2011 she was living in a van with her two bandmates and busking. They met a lot of people and sang a lot of songs. Through the kindness of strangers and their beautiful harmonies they managed to start new lives on the west coast.
After 5 years with the band, Kinnie decided it was time to venture out on her own. Since leaving the band in January 2016, Kinnie has done big things. Her first full-length album, LIVE, was recorded in Encinitas at UNIV. In just three days, she and some of the best players in San Diego, laid down 12 tracks – all live takes. It was an exciting and new experience for Kinnie to create a completely live album. There was no “studio magic,” no “cut & paste.” The take was great and used, or it wasn’t. Simple, easy, old-school. She wanted her voice and the songs to speak for themselves. They were also able to record some older cover songs to share the depth and range of her vocal stylings.
When she’s not on stage you can find Kinnie in a yoga studio. Another dream of hers came true in 2016 when she completed the first of her two, 200 hr RYT certifications for teaching yoga. Her yoga practice changed her life. It brought her to a whole new level of conscious thinking and openness towards people and situations around her. Kinnie loves bringing the power of music and yoga together to change hearts, minds, and bodies. Inspired by her students, she began writing mantras & affirmations and setting them to music. Her longtime friend & producer, Jeff Berkley, insisted she record a yoga/meditation record. She was incredibly fortunate to record her newest EP, “i am” with Jeff at Jason Mraz’s studio in Oceanside, CA.
Kinnie has had some great experiences opening for big names that come through San Diego. She’s played the Humphreys by the Bay stage opening for The Steve Miller Band and Chris Isaak, opened for Jewel at a private event for Rady Children’s Hospital, shared the stage with JOHNNYSWIM at the Green Flash Concert Series for Birch Aquarium at Scripps, and enjoyed an intimate evening opening for Emmylou Harris at Chico State University.
Kinnie loves to tour. She’s crossed the country playing shows more times than she can count. In 2018, she fulfilled her dream of touring up the west coast via the Pacific Coast Highway all the way to the northern coast of Washington State.
Ever-growing and always moving forward, Kinnie has plans to go back to the studio at the end of summer to record another full-length album of original music.